Mecklenburg, VA GOP Committee “Pleads the First”

Mecklenburg County, Virginia is a tiny little hamlet situated on the border between Virginia and North Carolina.  As of the 2010 census, there were 32,727 people, 12,951 households, and 8,962 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile.  A little under 50% of Mecklenburgers are 45 years of age or older.  60% are Caucasian and the median income for a family was $37,752. The per capita income for the county was $17,171. About 11.60% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line.  Keep in mind, now, this is not a small town, it’s an entire county and Mecklenburg flies pretty comfortably under the global radar . . . . most of the time.

In a classic demonstration of “size doesn’t matter,” though, little Mecklenburg managed to set off a political shitstorm that has gone viral and now everyone knows that the Virginia State GOP has ordered Mecklenburg to clean up its FaceBook page—or else.  The Mecklenburg GOP Chairman has “pleaded the First” and refuses to comply.  The material that the State GOP finds offensive is a rather large collection of anti-Obama “photoshops”, some of which have already made the rounds (ie, Witch Doctor Obama) others that are obviously newer judging by topicality.

This all came about because a Republican senatorial candidate, name of George Allen (yeah, “Macaca” Allen—one and the same) made a whistle stop in Mecklenburg to catch up with the local GOP.  Allen, a former senator and governor, held a business roundtable luncheon Monday that the Mecklenburg GOP committee had helped promote.  ProgressVA, a group that supports Allen’s Democratic opponent, former governor Timothy M. Kaine, found the images among 100 “wall photos” posted on the committee’s Facebook page and took umbrage.

Allen, himself found the material “pretty racist” and as Rich Abdill of Wonkette counsels:

A moment of detached, objective analysis: If the party of famous, confirmed slur-slinger George “Macaca” Allen is saying you’re being kind of racist, you’re probably being extraordinarily racist.

Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, did the grown-up thing saying:

These kinds of images have no place in political discourse — period.  They are offensive, tasteless and should never have been posted anywhere, let alone a local unit’s Facebook page. The Republican Party of Virginia condemns this sort of imagery in the strongest possible terms. I am in the process of contacting our Mecklenburg County unit to inform them that this is unacceptable behavior from any local unit associated with our party.

This statement was, in due course, picked up by the monolithic Washington Post which took it upon itself to break the bad news to Mecklenburg GOP Chairman, R. Wallace “Wally” Hudson.

Wally Hudson was surprised to hear from a reporter that anyone had taken offense.  The Washington Post recorded the exchange:

“If that group is that sensitive, I’m sorry, they’re just not human,” he said, chuckling. “It’s not American. If they’ve got a problem with it, we’re not going to change what we do.”

When told what the State Chairman, Mullins had said, Wally doubled down;

“They can do what they want,” he said, chuckling again. “I’m waiting for the phone call.”

Hudson said he posted most of the images himself, after coming across them online. He said critics were playing “the race card.”

“We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives, they’re gonna get a kick out of it,” said Hudson, 55, a retired airline flight crew member who became chairman in May. “The rest of them, if they don’t want to see it, they don’t have to look at it. We don’t consider any of it racist. . . . I’m not ashamed of it. I mean, good God, you should have seen some of the images they did of George [W.] Bush. It’s freedom of speech.”

Now, I hate racism as much as the next person and the material on the Mecklenburg GOP FaceBook page is, admittedly, sophomoric, crude, vulgar and pretty much generally disgusting.  It’s actually astonishing that Wally was able to find all of this stuff on the internets—I shudder to think where he hangs out online.  Nevertheless, in a spirit of tolerance and intellectual curiosity, I decided to discover what makes Mecklenburg tick.  It can’t be Romney-love because, by my calculations about 98.9% of Mecklenburg are the 47%.  Maybe it’s a southern thing? 

What I learned, is that If everybody would just calm down about the political correctness of everything, there is also plenty of evidence in the Mecklenburg FaceBook photo albums that these are just plain folks—hardworking, fun-loving Americans who are getting a bum rap because they have a certain sense of humor about things that is lost on more cosmopolitan folks. 

So.  I give you the Mecklenburg GOP Committee’s human side.  You tell me if they deserve all the grief they’re getting . . .

Here’s a picture of Chairman R. Wallace “Wally” Hudson leading the Annual Mecklenburg White Folks Appreciation Day Parade:


The next three shots are from this years Romney/Ryan Fundraising Pig Roast:




Here’s a shot of the Mecklenburg County GOP Committee headquarters:


And here are a few shots from Mecklenburg’s Annual Guns, God and Glory Festival:



Here are some protest/counterprotest photos from Mecklenburg’s Get Out the Vote Day, last month.



So. See?  Mecklenburgers are just like you and me . . . right?  At least we all love a good laugh at somebody else’s expense.  It’s an American thing . . .

Posted by Bette Noir on 09/26/12 at 05:07 PM • Permalink

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Never saw that Burger King birthday girl before, now I’ll be seeing her in my dreams. But:

It can’t be Romney-love because, by my calculations about 98.9% of Mecklenburg are the 47%.  Maybe it’s a southern thing? 

I think you’ll find a very large proportion of the 47% do not know that they are in the 47%. They just do the arithmetic and wait for the refund. The same as the ones who deny Medicare comes from the government.

I.e., if white people get it it must not be welfare.

I love this post.  Love, love, love, LOVE IT!!  Thank you.

I think, Yastreblansky, that the idea of welfare in some minds has become synonymous with “reparations”—and thinkgs like the ACA get floated as possibly being reparations. I’m thinking of Rep Paul Broun, who directly associated the ACA with reparations—like you said, the hint is—white people can get it too. It’s just a help—that’s all. It isn’t to favor any group.

Seriously, would they like it better if they themselves starved just to ensure minorities didn’t get support either?

Eh,seriously—I fear some would. And woe to their kids, and elders and disabled Spite is the cancer that’s killing this country.

Eh,seriously—I fear some would. And woe to their kids, and elders and disabled Spite is the cancer that’s killing this country.

Yeah, it’s like that anecdote about the guy who finds a magic lamp, and the genie of the lamp tells him, “Whatever you wish for, your worst enemy will get twice as much as you do.”

The guy’s first wish is that the genie gives him a million dollars.
The second wish is that the genie builds him a palatial mansion.
The third wish is that the genie pokes out one of his eyes.

They’re like that guy.

Seriously, would they like it better if they themselves starved just to ensure minorities didn’t get support either?

Surely we remember the words of Davis X Machina?

“The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.”

Thanks for putting that quote up there again; it is one of the finest comments I have ever seen on a blog.  Or a newspaper, for that matter.

Shorter Wally Hudson: “I’m not a racist! You’re the racists! Freedumb!!!”

It’s as predictable as the sunrise, isn’t it?

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