Robert Brown himself, master race baiter in Georgia, has weighed in on Zach Johnson’s email, making a mountain out of a mole hill.
As we noted on Friday, Zach Johnson, a campaign aid to Cecil Staton, sent out an email asking if there would be security measures in the event of an Obama loss, given that he thought there might be riots.
Naturally Zach is on to something. We all know half of America will burn if Obama loses, see e.g. O.J. Simpson verdict, Rodney King verdict, major sports team wins throughout America, etc.
It’s gonna happen if he loses. And there will probably be disruptions if he wins. It’s a fact that Robert Brown doesn’t like much.
Anyway, Zach was very clear in his conversations that this was all him. In fact, Cecil Staton is out of the country. In any event, Robert Brown sent out this press release:
Senate Democratic leader Robert Brown today denounced the call for increased preparations for “potential security issues” in Macon on Election Day.
The call was made by Zach Johnson, aide to republican state Senator Cecil Staton, in an e-mail to Macon Mayor Robert Reichert.
Johnson stated, “following the election of Mayor Jack Ellis downtown Macon faced substantial celebratory damage” and “the city’s recent crime issues,” as reasons for increasing security on election day. “I am not aware of any celebratory damage that occurred on the day of Mayor Ellis’ election,” Brown said. “There is absolutely no correlation between participants in recent thug activities and participants in voter mobilization. This thinly veiled xenophobia unnecessarily obstructs civil political discourse.”
“Every election we see some effort by republicans to suggest that those who don’t vote for them must somehow be dangerous,” Brown said. “This is lifted from the Willie Horton chapter of Lee Atwater’s playbook, as reflected in attempts to brand Obama as a terrorist.”
“I hope Johnson’s comments are more a reflection of republican frustration with the failing presidential campaign Senator McCain is running rather than the first play in a voter suppression game,” Brown said.
It is great to see he remembers Lee Atwater. What a rock star that guy was!
Anyway, my friend Amanda Carpenter reports today that it was a legit part of John Kerry’s playbook in 2004 to pre-emptively scream “voter supression”, etc.
A nine-page section of 66-page 2004 Kerry Edwards Colorado state Election Day Manual titled “Minority Voter Intimidation” begins: “Over the past twenty years, there have been repeated efforts by the Republican party and Republican Party candidates to harass and intimidate minority voters in an effort to reduce the number of African-American and/or Latino voters.” The manual then instructs Democrats how to look for minority voter intimidation tactics and how to publicize it to the media with special tactics designed for mainstream and specialty press.
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“If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a ‘pre-emptive strike.’” The manual said this should be done by placing stories in mainstream and specialty press “in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics” and “prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points.”
So Robert Brown is just doing as instructed — pre-emptively playing the race card. And if there is destructive behavior on November 4th because of a loss or win, we’ll all remember and blame Robert Brown accordingly. We’ll post his personal contact information so you can file your insurance claims with him.