Liberal Super PAC: Calling Republicans Racist More Effective than Criticizing Policy

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller, September 14, 2012

A top official at a liberal super PAC with the goal of eradicating tea partiers from Congress is telling activists that it’s more effective to label Republicans as racists than criticize their policies.

According to an audio recording obtained by The Daily Caller, Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold, the national campaign manager of the liberal CREDO super PAC, told a gathering of supporters in Aurora, Colo., on Sept. 8 that they’ve realized “policy did not move voters.”

He used Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King as an example.

“When we said that Steve King … is pro-life and believes in cutting Social Security and voted for the Ryan budget, no one cared,” Arnold said. “When we said Steve King’s a racist, Steve King believes that immigrants ought to be put in electric fences, people moved.”

“When you talk about the substance of a man’s character, people respond,” Arnold continued. “Believe it or not, that is not something politicians knew.”


The super PAC’s strategy of trying to smear Republicans is evident with the nicknames they’ve given to the 10 members they are targeting this year: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is “Queen of Crazy,” Florida Rep. Allen West is “Beyond Crazy,” Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh is “America’s Most Offensive Congressman,” and Iowa Rep. Steve King is “Paranoid Bigot.”


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  • haroldcrews

    You have to admire the sophistication.  LOL

    But on a more serious note who pays attention of accusations of ‘racism’ but people who weren’t going to vote Republican anyway?

  • Puggg

    Which must mean “criticizing policy” isn’t effective, because yelling “racism” doesn’t mean much anymore.  The only way “Mudcat” would know that it might be effective is through polling and focus groups, and of course people when polled or in a group of people will tell you that “racism” is “wrong.”

    CREDO Stupor PAC = Soros?

  • Ulick

    The sad part is that this strategy works. 

    The American public has been so dumbed down through subpar education, Cultural Marxist indoctrination, and the replacement of higher intelligence people with lower intelligence people that people don’t want intellectual debate on policy.  They want cults of personality and simple characterizations like racist, homophobe, and Nazi.

    No offense to you ladies, but you tend to fall for these personal/emotional cartoonish characterizations at a higher rate than we men due to your more emotional nature.

    • JackKrak

      It’s definitely more effective with the ladies. Women are too concerned with appearing to be “nice” or on the “right” side of an issue.

    • humptydumpty

      One point about women though. From what I can see, once they get an idea in their heads, it’s almost impossible to get it out of their heads. That’s why many women are very supportive members of White Nationalist organizations.

      • 5n4k33y3s

        I have always found the opposite to be true. Usually it is less difficult to change a woman’s mind than a man’s mind.

        Men are more principled and objective, and women are more impressionable, emotional, subjective, and ready to agree to a new opinion, contrary to the opinion they held only a moment ago.

  • jedsrael

    Republicans need to just come out and say:

    “Racism isn’t Whites Only bathrooms, Bull Conner, firehoses, batons, and german sheperds any more- it’s our God given imperative of White survival. If we shrink more, we go extinct, which is their plan”.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    First rule of marketing: Know your target audience and how to reach them.

  • potato78

    Actually blacks are true racists, not republicans.

    But sometimes, the way republicans express themself like being racists.

    • IKantunderstand

      Could you please rephrase your comment in  English. You know, a form I can understand.

      • The__Bobster

        Sometimes I think English isn’t his first language.

  • White Americans — no, White people anywhere in the world — need to stop apologizing for placing their own race first. I have a friend, a very outspoken man, who, if someone says to him, “You’re a racist!”, answers, “Thank you for the compliment.” We need to turn the left’s favorite hate word, their favorite “silencing the discussion” word, right back on them.

    When we stop being intimidated by the word “racist,” we’ll start winning again. Our cause isn’t lost; why have so many of us just given up? And why do so many of us seem unable to realize that, when White people side with the darker-skinned races who rail against them, they’re signing their own death warrants?

    I’ll give you a comparison, involving not race but gender. Back in the 1970s, I went through a “feminist” phase during which I began reading all the women’s lib literature I could find. I actually started identifying with women, in a weird, twisted way. I wrote essays that were, frankly, anti-male. I actually had begun to see feminist women as the people who were going to save the world.

    Then one day it occurred to me: “Those guys that the women’s libbers are attacking and denouncing and denigrating — that’s ME!” It all came clear to me in a flash — I was rooting against my own team, hoping for the downfall of my own gender. My feminist phase came to a screeching halt, then and there.

    • 5n4k33y3s

       Inspiring and uplifting, to suddenly shake off the anti-white-male social conditioning.

  • IKantunderstand

    The absolute first thing we must do, is eliminate the power of the word “racist”. It should either be a badge of courage or, something that is so ho hum, that it evokes a reply of: “So?” Since I’m figuring the badge of courage sobriquet is in the future, let’s  try for humdrum.” Oh, you say I’m a racist? So?”

    • John Bonham

       My reply when being called a racist is ,  “and” ? 
      That usually shuts them up …

    • The__Bobster

      “And your point is?” usually takes the wind out of the libtard bullies’ sails.

    • 5n4k33y3s

       I like a good school-yard style retort: No, you are.

  • Bad_Mr_Frosty

    They beat that term dead over the course of Obama’s presidency. It’s starting to enter the realm of satire, like that “Bob is a racist” video. In another year or two the word will have no meaning. The only reason it has any power now is because you can be fired and discredited over it.

    • The__Bobster

      I’m looking forward to the day when the people using the word are discredited and fired.

  • The GOP is going to be called “racists” no matter what they do because this is how the donkey party  and diversity tries to intimidate Americans . The GOP would be well served to simply embrace the label and run with it. If they are going to call you a racist, then be a racist!

    • Ulick

      Totally. If you’re going to called a racist if you suggesting a person should show ID when voting, and you’re also going to be called a racist for pushing for segregation — then you might as go all out. After all, you’re the same racist either way.


    The Democratic  party is obsessed  with word “racist” because that is all they have left to attack people with because of a failed agenda,  but that word is getting really old and is falling on deaf ears.  So all they have left after that is a “failed president”.                 

    • The__Bobster

      I don’t know about that. All the Republican elites cower and shut up whenever they hear the word.

      • 5n4k33y3s

         Most of the time, they do, but VP Joe Biden said Romney and Ryan would put blacks in chains again and it blew up in his face.

  • Being called a racist doesn’t bother me at all anymore. The left has managed to beat that horse to death. When someone calls me a racist, it’s like being told I’m tall: I already knew that.

    Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I am free at last.

    •  I would probably be much more upset if I was told I wasn’t a racist.

  • This is why I’m astonished and a little angry at all the pro-White people who try and defend their position by saying “I’m not a racist, but….”

    You DO NOT run from a word that has so much potential to unite people with a common interest and way of thinking. You destroy any kind of momentum you could possibly have the very second you give that word a negative connotation in the minds of people who are given that title every single day.

    They[anti-Whites] recruit for us with their slander every single day. The real beauty of their arrogance and slander is that they don’t have much truth or reason on their side, so they have to use the racist label on a broader range of people, with a broader range of ideas and views. Every time their hypocrisy is put in the spotlight and their faux intellectualism hits a new group of skeptics, they have to bring out the racism charge just to keep their lies and deceit rolling along.

    The Race–ist only has to stay level-headed and sit back and welcome the new racists to the fold. But you do have to embrace the label, because they simply have no other label for someone who doesn’t agree with everything they say.

    Seriously, I didn’t see too many Racists 20 years ago. Today, they are everywhere. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 5n4k33y3s

    One thing I like to point out is that each of us only lives once, so anyone who is trying to make me suffer for the alleged crimes of my ancestors or other members of my race is infringing on my one shot at life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

    Even if I was descended from Robert E. Lee, or I had a lot of ancestors who owned slaves, I have no guilt. I have this one life to live, and anyone who is trying to deprive me of my basic liberties is my enemy.

  •  This will back fire big time. Americans have heard the race card so many times it has become irrelevant. Nice to see them admit their polices don’t work though.

  • IstvanIN

    The “slur” works because so many white people fear the word and the label, even when in an all white situation… I have a friend whose Philadelphia neighborhood has gone mostly black over the last 40 years.  Not entirely but mostly.  Yet when we talk about the root causes and the problems his family experiences because of the blacks, he always has to throw in a “I am not racist, but”.   There is a strong social stigma to being a so called racist.  I do not mind, I just counter with “racist or honest”?  That shuts most “I want to be liberal” whites up.  Not the diehard coexist types, but the whites who have to live in the real world.