Monday, November 5, 2012

Top liberal media outlet uses a very - ahem - colorful description for Florida libertarian-conservative Cong. Allen West

"Smashmouth." '90s rock band or big-lipped black Sambo?

From Eric Dondero:

Nope. It doesn't come in an editorial. It's in a news piece from Politico, "Democrats' drive to retake House falters." And when they say "falter" they actually mean epic failure. The meat of the article describes how Pelosi and crew may now lose seats in the House to Republicans, possibly as high as 5. You may recall that last spring and over the summer, Pelosi was "mouthing off" (pun intended), about a coming wave of Democrat victories that would deliver the speaker's gavel back to her well-manicured hands. It ain't happening Nancy.

Now check out this description of West:

One of the biggest post-debate shifts happened in the race pitting smash-mouth tea party Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy in Florida. One Democratic pollster found that Obama and Murphy plummeted 5 points between private surveys conducted before and after the debate.
Editor's comment - A "smashmouth"? A double-entendre for big lips, Sambo perhaps? If that had been used for a Black Democrat, no doubt, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC would be screaming "racist." Truth be told, Allen can be a bit of a smart-ass. He revels in wit and biting quips. Our guess he'll take it in stride.


KN@PPSTER said...

It's probably a reference to "Smashmouth Politics," a 2001 book about how being aggressive and tough makes political campaigns successful.

Eric Dondero said...

You know Tom, you could be right on that. I'd never heard of that book before. Follows that liberal writers for Politico, would be very familiar with a liberal political book. Thus conservatives and libertarians would be confused by the reference.

Still, this could be spun as a racial thing. Not so sure Politico should be using such terms if they want to avoid controversies.

KN@PPSTER said...


The book is by a liberal (Dana Milbank), but it's not an especially liberal (or conservative) book. What it is is an INSIDER book, which explains why Politico types would name-check it (I came across it in the ol' bargain bin and picked it up for 99 cents or something).

Its thesis is "people say they hate negative campaigning, but they're lying -- they respond to it. The candidate who throws the first punch and keeps punching beats the candidate who whines like a little bitch about it."