The Democrat National Committee has come out with a new ad that seems to have accomplished two things:
1. To make the DNC look so out of touch as to be comical
2. To accuse the majority of Americans of being racists in an effort to get the majority of Americans to vote for their candidate.
Now, to be fair to the DNC, this wasn’t their objective.
But Democrats are the experts of unintended consequences.
Pass Obamacare to make healthcare affordable. Health insurance premiums skyrocket.
Force banks to give mortgages to people who have a snowball’s chance in hell of paying them back in order to expand the American Dream of homeownership. Come perilously close to bringing down the entire US economy.
Raise taxes on corporations to get them to pay “their fair share.” Corporations relocate overseas to pay a lower tax rate, and we get nothing.
Vilify and attack the police and demand that they stop policing minority neighborhoods because, well, fairness. Minority neighborhoods see a spike in violent crime.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that the DNC decides the best way to get Americans to vote for their candidate is to basically accuse the majority of Americans of being racist haters and Islamophobic xenophobes.
“You people are a bunch of racist haters! Now, vote for us!”
Here’s the ad:
There are some glaring problems with this ad. First of all, the claim is that Republican candidates are “equating Islam, all Muslims, with terrorists.” But each of the clips they themselves provide as “proof” of this has the candidates saying, “Radical Islamic terror.” Which kind of proves the DNC’s premise false.
Another problem is the DNC’s claim that saying “radical Islamic terrorism” is “oversimplification. And it’s wrong.”
Actually, claiming that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism is an “oversimplification. And it’s wrong.”
But the other problem is, they decide to use George W. Bush as PROOF that the Republicans are wrong.
Yes, the same exact George W. Bush whom they have spent the last fourteen years attacking relentlessly. The same George W. Bush whom they believe was the worst President to ever suck down oxygen. The same George W. Bush whom they vilify, dismiss and accuse of every problem that faces America today.
Suddenly that same George W. Bush is their champion.
Yes, my friends. Democrats are just that stupid.
Seems as if they’ve completely forgotten that Barack Obama has been fearmongering about (among other things) “Climate Change” for the last seven years. As if they don’t seem to realize that fearmongering is Hillary’s primary form of campaigning both now and in 2008.
If “Inciting fear isn’t Presidential,” really, it’s the Democrats who have a problem.
But here is the biggest problem with this ad.
Like most of everything else the Democrat Party advances, it is completely out of step with the majority thinking of the American people.
As Alex Griswold of Mediaite points out:
To begin with, the ad is horribly tone-deaf. I don’t doubt that the decision-makers in the Democratic Party are horrified by the phrase “radical Islam.” But a new poll released today on the issue found that a supermajority of Americans agree that the United States is at war with radical Islam, including 56% of Democratic voters. Only 24% of the country agrees with the president. So right off the bat, the Democratic Party is attacking Republicans for a stance their own voters agree with.
But of course, the ad attacked Republicans for just saying “radical Islam,” not saying we’re at war with it. Well, 92% of Americans also say “radical Islamic terrorism” is a serious threat to the United States. But hey, at least the DNC is making inroads with that 8%. [Emphasis Dianny’s]
Griswold also makes the point that the ad is so deeply mistimed — what with the attack in Paris and now in Mali.
But keep in mind that this is the DNC. Every ad they produce right now has one objective: to excuse Hillary Clinton’s incompetence and dismiss any criticism of their anointed candidate.
This ad is not in response to the Republican candidates’ strong words after the Paris attacks.
This ad is in response to last Saturday’s abysmal Democrat debate.
When CBS decided to lead off with questions about national security in light of the Paris attacks the day before, what most people in the media focused on was the inability of Hillary Clinton to even recognize radical Islamic terrorism as a thing. She just couldn’t say it.
And that’s what everyone was talking about the next day.
I just now typed in “Hillary Clinton can’t say radical Islamic terror at Debate” into Google and the number of results was over a million, including an article from the The Daily Beast (not exactly a “right-wing” site) in which the writer says:
The irony of those unwilling to call the threat of radical Islam by its name is that in endeavoring to be intelligent and understanding, in trying to avoid painting with “too broad a brush,” they are in reality betraying their ignorance or inability to grapple with the true nature of today’s foe.
Our leaders do us no service when they fail to recognize that the threat the so-called Islamic State and its allied terrorists represent is a civilizational not a geopolitical conflict, and can only be understood through that lens. The radicals who perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo attack were not motivated by Western Imperialism, but by members of a free society violating Islamic law.
In producing this silly ad, the DNC is trying to overlay a patina of “mainstream” to Hillary’s clueless inability to recognize that these terror attacks and the people who perpetrate them do so in the name of Islam.
Are all Muslims terrorists?
No. And, as I already said, none of the Republicans seen in this ad make that claim.
Are the vast majority of terrorist acts perpetrated in the world done by Muslims?
The purpose of this ad isn’t to drum up votes per se.
Its intended consequences were to portray Hillary’s laughable foreign policy misstep as somehow being the more legitimate and measured position to hold.
And that was a spectacular failure.
Instead, like pretty much everything else Democrats do, the unintended consequences rule the roost. And the unintended consequences are making Hillary and the Democrat Party as a whole look even more out of touch and clueless than they already did.
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