NC Senate Candidate: ‘We Have To…Divide And Conquer The People Who Are On Assistance’
Establishment Republicans rejoiced on Tuesday when their candidate, Thom Tillis, won the GOP primary over Tea Party favorites. But Tillis is no moderate as seen by what he saysay in the video above.
What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance. We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice in her condition, that needs help and that we should help. And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say, ‘at some point you’re on your own! We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not taking care of you.’ And we’ve got to start having that serious discussion. It won’t happen next year. Wrong time. Because it’s going to be politically charged. One of the reasons why I may never run for another elected office is cause some of these things may just get me railroaded out of town. But in 2013 I honestly believe that we have to do it.
As Brian Beutler points out, this is right out of the Tea Party playbook:
Class warfare? Check. Racist dog whistle? Check. A belabored explication of the political utility of racist dog whistling? Check. An acknowledgment that this strategy must be deployed at strategic moments, because it can backfire? Check. A further acknowledgment that admitting to the strategy can be career ending? Check.
If this is the establishment, then there is no such thing as the fringe.