Moe suggested this yesterday and I am here to say I agree.
In 2010, Republicans across the nation should make King Samir Shabazz their 21st century Willie Horton.
I know Democrats scream at the top of their lungs that the Willie Horton ads, originally raised by Al Gore by the way, were racist. They and their friends in the media have developed the common narrative that somehow pointing out that Michael Dukakis let a convicted murderer out of jail for the weekend so he could again attack was racist.
Willie Horton murdered a 17 year old boy, stabbing him 19 times, after the boy had handed over money from a gas station cash register. Michael Dukakis let Horton out of jail for a weekend furlough despite Horton's life sentence in jail. Horton kidnapped a couple, stabbing one and raping the other.
Had Horton been white, the Republicans still would have used the ad. But Horton was black and the ad was powerfully effective — so effective that it and Dukakis's stupid answer about opposing the death penalty even if his wife were murdered destroyed the Democrats in 1988 — the Democrats screamed racism at the top of their lungs and their accomplices in the media have forever agreed. Willie Horton = racism.
Nonsense. The ad worked. It was powerful. It was the truth. That's why the Democrats screamed racism so loud. It was the only way to stop the GOP from going this direction again. They know the GOP lives in perpetual quixotic quest for the day it gets a significant share of the black vote.
Now we have King Samir Shabazz. He showed up at a polling location in Pennsylvania and intimidated voters going into the polls. The Justice Department pursued the case and, having received a verdict in the government's favor, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder stopped pursuing the New Black Panthers.
Video has subsequently come out of King Samir Shabazz encouraging the murder of white children.
Republican candidates nationwide should seize on this issue. The Democrats are giving a pass to radicals who advocate killing white kids in the name of racial justice and who try to block voters from the polls.
The Democrats will scream racism. Let them. Republicans are not going to pick up significant black support anyway. But here's the thing: everyone but the Democrats will understand this is not racism. This isn't even about race. This is about the judgment of an administration that would rather prosecute Arizona for doing what the feds won't do than prosecuting violent thugs who would deny you and me the right to vote while killing our kids.