So Audra Shay, favored to become Leader of Young Republicans, has been accused (by evil political attackers) of condoning racism on her Facebook page. Without even hearing the story, I’m enraged. These political operatives have got to stop picking on Republicans! Plus, their power to make Republicans do things just isn’t right. I feel the need to find a cross to nail myself to, cuz I just know I been done wrong, ya know?
Anyhoo, Shay, who at 38 is actually not “young” — but hey, the Republican party is kinda desperate for that Gen Y vote, so give ’em a break (do you know they have a “Hip Hop Republicans” Group?! Fun!!) — found herself in the middle of a publicized fray last week, caused by her FB page. This was the beginning of the now infamous “Coons” Controversy. Just in case you were wading knee high in Palin-a-polooza or MJ 24/7, here’s a recap, as reported by The Daily Beast:
When a friend wrote on Shay’s FB page,
““Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals,” Shay responded eight minutes later with: “You tell em Eric! lol.”.
Sadly for Shay, someone gently called her out on how the word “coon” might not being cool. But Shay is no fool; she knows a baseless, frivolous attack when she sees one! Denials were made. Friends were defriended. Shay even did the back-pedaling, pouty petulance dance. All to no avail!
The Daily Beast got a hold of the story last week and provided the screen shots. Yikes, you’re thinking! Poor Audra Shay, so close to her political aspirations, foiled by the screen shot of a few misunderstandings. It can happen to anyone, though it seems to mostly happen to Republicans.
But wait! This is the Republican party we’re talking about! There’s still hope for the Young Racist! They’re a big tent, after all! The election for chairman of the Young Republicans is this weekend at their national conference in Indianapolis. We’re all on the edge of our seats. After more denials and vague references to “freedome of speech” (sic), Shay is still in the running for Leader of the Young Republicans tomorrow. There is hope, America!
See, it’s not her fault that she condoned racism.
“Following those revelations, several Young Republican colleagues urged Shay to remove herself from tomorrow’s election at the group’s convention in Indianapolis—a request Shay, the favorite going in to the vote, has pointedly refused. Instead, she said that she was responding to an earlier post from her friend, and labeled criticism against her “political attacks” which “proves that my opponents will stoop to the lowest levels to steal this election from the jaws of victory.””
Yes….political attacks again! Operatives….Aka, thinking people who asked her to not use language like “coon” on her FB account. Sigh. Those mean political attackers, will they stop at nothing? I can only ask, do you suppose these are the same “operatives” who are attacking Palin, Sanford, Ensign, et al? Are are there thousands of them? Oh, boy. Between these operatives and the evil Acorn mafia, I gotta tell ya’, I’m just plain scared all the time.
In what must be starting to seem like a recurring nightmare for the GOP, reality reared its ugly head again in the form of The Daily Beast; the blogger who first reported the story, John Avlon, (damn those bloggers) found even more evidence of Shay condoning racism. And scrubbing it. Which kinda says you know you were wrong. Ouch.
But not to fear. While some fans, such as Bobby Jindal, are keeping their distance now (Bobby being one of the more intellectually astute of the GOP, despite his uncanny likeness to NBC’s Kenneth the Page, first observed in his “As I enter my plantation foyer….wow, are those cameras?” moment in response to Obama’s Congressional address ), I don’t see this as a loss for Audra’s political ambition.
I would suggest to Audra that she spin this around, so that people understand how she is patriotically fulfilling her duty as a Republican and that in fact, being caught condoning racism should be viewed much like an ethics censure or at least an FBI investigation. You don’t have GOP cred until you’re investigated by the Fed! Oh, it’ll fit on a bumper sticker, it must be good! Hey, if quittin’ aint quittin’, well, then…
After all, you can’t be a leader in a party of white supremacists masquerading as Christians if you don’t make email-able jokes about the watermelons growing on the WH lawn or Obama Waffles! C’mon, it’s funny! Well, if you don’t get it, it’s because you don’t get irony. And also, too, to quote Sarah Palin, “Screw political correctness!”
Unless of course you’re David Letterman, in which case, the GOP demands that you demonstrably not screw political correctness, but adhere to all manner of political correctness, as you are leader of political party and….errr…..well, you better not make jokes that make people laugh!
That’s their job. As a party. Sheesh.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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