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Political Name Calling

September 2, 2008

What’s with Republicans and all the nasty name-calling? It seems almost daily that I see something tastless come from them. Just yesterday Karl Rove called Joe Biden a “big, blowhard doofus.” The recent Democratic Convention was referred to by many on the right as “Temple Obama,” or the “Bitter American Convention.” Really?

Obama is frequently portrayed as an angry con-artist, looking to bring on Doomsday like a sinister villain. He’s a madrassa-schooled Muslim, what else should we expect? And his wife hates America.

Obama was compared to Hitler after his well-received speech in Berlin.

And we should all be reminded that Obama is an “elitist” that stands in the lobby of the local Country Club, quietly judging everyone with contempt.

It has also been frequently noted that Hussein Obama “refuses” to wear an American flag pin, and also doesn’t properly put his hand over his heart for the National Anthem.

Obama and Michelle have a secret, coded communication with each other, i.e their “terrorist fist jab.”

On network news I saw a discussion about how Obama is “too thin to be president.” Certainly, Obama doesn’t fit the overweight standard that America so proudly upholds.

But this bad-talk isn’t entirely new. John Kerry was “too French.” Even worse, he could speak French. Talk about unpatriotic.

So, do we see the same thing from the other side? Hardly. “Bitter” Democrats tend to bend over backwards to remind people that McCain is an upstanding citizen, and a hero. They don’t bring up his failed marriages (even though there is juicy Republican-style material ripe for the picking). They don’t call him an “old bag” or assign him any nicknames that relate to his well-documented temper tantrums.

I have a personal motto:
When people start to speak badly of you, it means you are on to something. It means you are achieving something they feel you don’t deserve, but they are powerless to stop.

I believe Obama has traction, and Republicans are powerless to stop him. The only recourse is to kick and scream like ill-behaved children.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2008 7:12 am

    Interesting. It just happens that today I wrote a post on my Word Face-Off blog that tracks the “Google-popularity” of such political derogatory terms for the last 4 years: http://wordfaceoff.blogspot.com/2008/09/nazi-vs-anarchist-vs-fascist-vs-gestapo.html.

  2. September 3, 2008 3:09 pm

    Your data is very interesting. “Traitor” is not a label I had identified as a common term used against Obama (certainly used obliquely). That’s quite a spike registered on your data.

    I also wonder if the “Nazi” usage spike in 2008 coincides Obama’s speech in Berlin? It would make sense.

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