It would be crazy to assert that there's little or no racism on the right these days -- but I still say that lefties sometimes overemphasize the importance of racial animosity in the conservative movement. I say this not because I think racism is unimportant to the right, but because I think it's merely one element of a belief system in which Evil Scary Negroes are part of a rogues' gallery of cartoon villains, all of whom are hated with considerable passion by the righty rank-and-file. The right-wing media knows it can tap into any one of those evildoer-hates -- Hollywood limousine liberals! furtive socialist academics! -- at any time, with satisfying results.
So we have this story about evil Democratic thug operatives and evil union goons:
...Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid's name on the ballot:
Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked.Now there's absolutely no independently verified evidence of chicanery with the voting machines (yet), but it is worth noting that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union....
Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
"Something's not right," Ferrara said. "One person that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong."
Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.
The linked story is from -- surprise! -- the Fox affiliate in Las Vegas. The story cites one (1) specific voter who's complained (though she insists the problem happened to her husband and other people as well as to herself). And even the local Fox reporter, as you'll see if you watch the video report at the link, seems to downplay the problem; she seems to be treating the story as a service piece, remind voters that they can correct any errors before registering the vote.
Too late, though -- complaints of MASSIVE VOTER FRAUD!!!!!1!!1! are all over the Intertubes.
(And I imagine they'll spread a lot faster than similar complaints of Democrat-to-Republican vote-flipping in past elections.)
Now, maybe the righties who believe all this uncritically have an image in their head of "union goons" and "Democratic operatives" as African-American -- but I doubt it. The standard stereotype in America for a "union goon" is a thick-necked white guy (righties exempt themselves from the requirement to respect Americans who aren't chi-chi elitists, while continuing to demand that lefties adhere to this requirement). And "Democratic operatives" are (Chicago gangster Barack Obama excepted) mostly white.
So this is how it works. These guys don't just hate "New Black Panthers." They hate a lot of people. A wide range of hatreds fire them up -- as their media puppetmasters fully grasp.