Rightbloggers' Solution to Obama's Reelection: Bring Back Culture War and White People!
"With first post-racial president reelected, 'F**k white people' trends," reacted the staff of Twitchy, Michelle Malkin's alternative Twitter universe, to tweets like "FUCK WHITE PEOPLE NIGGA, 2 TERMMZZZZZ." "We're guessing some of them are sarcastic," admitted the staff, "but there were enough of them to get a trend going, sadly."
Maybe the Twitchies were reassured by the countertrend coming from tweeps in the former Confederacy. Or maybe it isn't so former: Taking things very hard on the racist tip was Occidental Dissent's Hunter Wallace; he had asked before the election "Can White Northerners Say 'No' To Black Run America?" ("If White Northerners choose to renig with Obama in this terrible economy," he warned, "then White Southerners will lose all confidence in the North") and, after learning they apparently could not, analyzed the situation thus: "White Southerners are culturally ready to say NO to BRA [Black Run America]," he wrote, "but we were shot down yet again in another Pickett's Charge" by damn Yankees who "for 180 years... have thrown White Southerners under the bus for the sake of their negro allies..." Wallace thereafter optimistically tracked the progress of a " secession movement" by signatories to petitions at the White House website asking that various states be allowed to leave the Union.
Selwyn Duke of American Thinker learned that Obama's vote margin in some black districts was 99-1 and declared, "in other words, in some precincts, Mitt Romney was perhaps worth only three fifths of a percent," which is interesting both as sociology and as math. Also, "it's clear," he added, "that most blacks have a prejudice against the Republican Party itself (as some whites do) and refuse to even give its platform a fair hearing." Duke's advice to his fellow white conservatives suffering under the yoke of black oppression was to "call them out when they're bigoted. Even if it didn't win any more converts, it at least might win respect." We see Duke is going for more of a Bizarro-Malcolm-X than a Bizarro-MLK approach to black racism, which is sure to provoke controversy in klaverns across America.
"Republicans needed more Lee Atwater and less Karl Rove," said Glenn Reynolds, referring to the author of the Willie Horton ad. (This reminds us of the old James Thurber cartoon of a woman attempting to pitch a bowling ball overhand: "Oh, all right," says her exhausted husband, "go ahead and try it that way.")
Not just black folks, either -- for can there be any event rightbloggers don't like that doesn't eventually turn out to be the liberal media's fault? Forbid it, almighty God! At PJ Media Sarah Holt denounced the treasonous media who somehow made last summer's Democratic convention, aka the "abortionpalooza where we were told we belonged to the government," look better than the "reasonable [Republican] convention, reasonable concentrating on the economy," possibly through unflattering camera angles.
Here was one of Hoyt's very few proof-points: "A science fiction editor posted on Facebook yesterday that we must make sure that we voted for Obama, or we'd be back in the fifties with segregation and without women's rights." Man, that liberal media will stop at nothing, huh?
Hoyt, who seems to have had a particularly rough night, said of her "neighbors" who voted for Obama that "they deserve what they get, for their blindness, their willful ignorance," but added that conservatives deserved some blame, too, because they'd "eschewed politics in polite company" and "become what gays used to be: a minority that's safe to ridicule," and if there's one thing conservatives don't want to be, it's like somebody gay.
Another of our favorites, not so much racist as historically illiterate and insane, which is part of its charm.
Hoyt urged conservatives who had gay friends (cut to a bunch of rightbloggers looking furtively at one another) to "ask them about the effects of such closeting of who you are," but we're not sure why, as she already had an oppression narrative ready: "I came out as a conservative about two years ago," she bravely announced. "It hurt my income and I didn't have the room for it to be hurt. It hurt my social standing with my peers. But I sleep better at night." Shout-outs to George W. Bush, Karl Rove, et alia -- we shall overcome!
For added hilarity, Hoyt also lashed out at social conservatives, saying that she'd "have voted for Santorum only because I'd have voted for Satan himself against Obama," and then explained her anti-social-conservative bona fides thus: "I am, for the record, pro-life (I am an abortion survivor and wouldn't be here if it hadn't been botched...) and very iffy on contraception due to my distrust of all unneeded chemical tampering with the body." Way to burn your bridges, lady.
Some went so far as to revive the extreme solution invented after the 2008 election -- Going Galt, an Ayn Rand fantasy in which rightbloggers propose to show all those Obama moochers a thing or two by withdrawing their vital talents (e.g. blogging, teaching at state-run institutions) from the market.
"If Obama is reelected, good hardworking people should give up and go Galt," Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds quoted a correspondent after it became clear that Obama had indeed been reelected, because this event was "a signal that marxist free-lunchism and free birth control for everyone trump economic well-being and prosperity in the minds of the masses." And how would this Galt-going be effected? "Get a lawyer and a financial advisor," advised the correspondent, "cash out as much of your assets as you can, and prepare yourself for a nosedive off a cliff."
We're guessing that those Instapundit readers who do not already have a lawyer and financial adviser probably don't have enough assets to sit out the economy for more than a week, but perhaps the correspondent's message was meant to be more inspirational than aspirational, and to encourage readers to believe that other Wealth Producers were leaving the grid en masse on their behalf, and waiting for the right moment to revive conservatism with a long radio address.
We should note that some of the brethren remained of good cheer. You have to admire Tom Maguire's post-election headline: "The Era Of Big Government Is Over." The New York Times' exit polls apparently found that most voters think government is "doing too many things better left to businesses," which led them to vote for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. "Well," reasoned Maguire, "that is a pebble upon which we can build a new Republican majority." Any pebble in an avalanche, we suppose.
In a way, we could say most of the brethren were of good cheer, at least after the initial apoplexy. You have probably read, or else surmised using common sense, that most of them insisted no philosophical change would be required for conservative Republicans to wrest power back -- National Review's Yuval Levin, to give one typical example, admitted "Republicans are indeed vulnerable to attacks that paint them as plutocrats," but insisted that "the demographics of the electorate have not turned decisively against them."
In fact, even when the voter groups they'd been counting on to keep them afloat were shown to have bailed on them, rightbloggers showed an eerie calm. Witness Levin's National Review colleague Andrew McCarthy discussing the exodus of Hispanic voters from the party: He wrote that "Hispanic political activists (think: La Raza) are statists," just like "Islamists," and suggested that if conservatives had to adapt to bring them on board, they should just let them go. Better to stay white and right.
So any fundamental changes -- like acknowledging that Americans have a right to medical treatment when they get sick, that gay people have a right to get married, or that in fact any rights exist except those a suburban white man would want to exercise (e.g. the right to bear arms and to see his favorite millionaire pay zero taxes) -- are basically a dead issue. But as far as strategy goes -- i.e., how to get actual people to vote for them -- some of the brethren seemed to vaguely understand that typical Republican electioneering wasn't going to cut it.
Unfortunately their focus was mainly on the "culture war." No, they weren't saying that they should stop waging it with their unpopular anti-gay, anti-woman policies, but rather that they should double down and win it, once and for all.