I love a good car wreck. The Tea Party GOP is a white racist organization. From the Southern Strategy to the present, white racial resentment--and overt racism--are the political meth which it is addicted to both as an organization and a public.
The white nationalists who attended the laughably titled “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” panel at CPAC are a symptom of a bigger problem facing the Tea Party GOP.
A political party is a type of brand name. It signals meaning and values to its members on overt, implied, and implicit levels. By example, if "Honda" or "Toyota" signal "reliability" to their buyers, "Tea Party" and "Republican" signals "white" and "whiteness" to the American public. The latter signal is heard by supporters and opponents of the Tea Party GOP. The racism of the Tea Party GOP is not a dog-whistle. It is an air raid siren. And until the Republicans can learn to mute its klaxon they will continue the slide towards political obsolescence.
Because CPAC is a carnival and Right-wing Woodstock it is a safe space for members of the tribe to present themselves for an act of political coitus with their prospective suitors. All attendees are ostensibly friends and family so why not just let one's political freak flag fly high?
Therein lies the problem. In a surveillance society where cameras are ubiquitous the divide between private space and public space has been largely erased. We the people--be it at Mitt Romney's 47% quip fundraising dinner or at CPAC--can see the Tea Party GOP for what it really is, an organization that is both plutocratic and racist.
The “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” panel, and the white racists in attendance, are the equivalent of the annual family party where everyone dreads if Uncle Jimmy is going to get drunk again and act the fool. They cannot tell him "no" because he is family. Each year Uncle Jimmy promises to behave. Inevitably he gets drunk on cheap beer and rubbing alcohol from the bathroom medicine cabinet before picking a fight with his ex-girlfriend of ten years ago's new boyfriend/husband. Matthew Heimbach is Uncle Jimmy.
Why does the Tea Party GOP consistently fail in its efforts to reform their racist habits and bad ways? The answer is not complicated. White racism and contemporary conservatism are intertwined in the Age of Obama and the post-civil rights era. Asking the Tea Party GOP to publicly disavow the white racists in its midst, and to sever all ties with racist conservatives (white, black, and Other), would be like amputating your foot with a spoon coated in wasabi and without either anesthesia or a tourniquet. It ain't gonna happen. Such willpower is beyond the reach of most mortals.
The Tea Party GOP at this year's CPAC have once more shown us who they really are. They are the white racially resentment fueled Borg, asking them to purge the racists, those sick with white racial resentment, and who are generally hostile to anyone that is not a "real American" is not possible:
Two questions. One, how can the
Two, which group is more "wizzable" and perplexing? Black Republicans or Gay Republicans? What drives them to be the "best black" or "best gay" friend of the white herrenvolk Tea Party GOP?