The communications shop of the Tennessee Republican Party responds to the controversy that has erupted over its release of a web video castigating Michelle Obama on the day of her visit to Nashville and attempts to begin a constructive dialogue with its counterpart at the Democratic Party:
The web video showed a series of Nashvillians talking about various reasons why they are proud of America. The video did not "attack" or demean Mrs. Obama, it merely contrasted her remarks with the remarks of several average Tennesseans.
The response from the Left: many angry, often foul-mouthed emails, phone calls and web comments declaring the video racist and worse.
The Tennesseee Democrat Party called the video "deplorable" and "grotesque." We're guessing they're hoping most people won't have seen it and realize that it was just a light-hearted jab.
What is truly deplorable is that Democrats and Obama supporters are hoping to shield Obama and his campaign and its surrogates from almost any criticism, disagreement or dissent by tagging such things as a "distraction," as "partisanship, and as "racism and "bigotry."
"Rather than labeling every criticism of Barack Obama as 'racist,' and rather than whining about tough talk from their opponents, the Tennessee Democrat Party might want to ask Mrs. Obama to tone down her language," said Robin Smith, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. "They also might want to encourage other their party elites to stop accusing fellow Democrats of racism because they didn't vote for Obama, as became common after Obama's crushing defeat in the West Virginia primary."
SEE ALSO: Bill Hobbs cites an online poll backing up the TNGOP's broadside against Michelle Obama.