Fedele said she got the illustration in a number of chain e-mails and decided to reprint it for her members in the Trumpeter newsletter because she was offended that Obama would draw attention to his own race. She declined to say who sent her the e-mails with the illustration. She said she doesn't think in racist terms, pointing out she once supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American who previously ran for president. "I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else." She said she also wasn't trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: "Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!"Oh god, lady. Jesus Christ. We're all very proud of you for having voted for insane Alan Keyes, some of your best lunatic candidates are black, we know. Anyway the newsletter made a black member of this fun ladies' Republican club cry for 45 minutes.
Boy, there are some real wackos out there, right? And this election, whoo, it really brings out the worst in the crazies. Stuffed monkeys with Obama stickers, shouts of "kill him," insane email forwards, there are countless examples from this miserable election of outright racism. But those are just fringe losers—bunch of racist nobodies, right? That's why it's fun that this week's three worst examples of outright bullshit hate-mongering all come from professional, official Republican party staffers! The "Waterboard Obama" Picture! Who: The Sacramento County Republican Party! What: Sacramento Country republican Chairman Craig MacGlashan was, if not responsible, at least "aware" of five images on the official Sacramento GOP website asking for Barack Obama to be waterboarded and claiming "the only difference between Obama and Osama is BS," which doesn't make any sense. (Bullshit is the difference? In what sense?) The Obama Assassination Joke! Who: Al Austin, high-level Republican fundraiser from Tampa. What: An email Al sent to his "political contacts" featuring a hilarious joke about Barack and Michelle Obama getting exploding in an airplane. He apologized after claiming the joke "didn't represent his feelings." Whatever. The Insane Food Stamps Mailer Who: The Chaffey Community Republican Women of California. What: An absolutely crazy picture in their regular newsletter of Barack Obama "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken." The woman responsible for the picture's inclusion in the newsletter, Diane Fedele, is a terrible, terrible, terrible human being by basically every observable standard.