Saturday, August 21, 2004

Swift Boat Vets for White Supremacy

I'm pretty fucking sick of all this Swift Boat Vet b.s. that's infesting all the blogs I read. It's been thoroughly debunked and basically I wish it would just stop. Nevertheless, I will add one post noting that Regnery Publishing, publisher of the the SBV book, is bankrolled by white supremacists who, among other things, want to organize a whites-only online dating website (MSNBC/Newsweek article).

But not all of their activities are quite as silly. Regnery sponsors The Occidental Quarterly, a white supremacist journal whose editorial staff includes such charming characters as Samuel Francis (whose column was dropped from the Washington Times after he made racist remarks before a meeting of American Renaissance, which is roughly to anthropology what the Journal of the ICR is to evolutionary biology).

Of course, as has been well-documented, Bush has not dissociated himself with this group, its ads, or its publisher. Far from it. (J. B. DeLong piles on.) But we should expect no less from a candidate who spoke at Bob Jones University on the campaign trail in 2000. It's a common Republican talking point that _______ (fill in name of Democratic politician here) will do anything to get elected. But this is a classic case of projection: it is, in fact, Bush who will stoop to any level, ally himself with any faction no matter how grotesque or unsavory, in order to get elected.

Bonus link: Nick Confessore on other exploits of Regnery Publishing.

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