Soon after the Senate vote on the Confederate flag
insignia, Sen. Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.) ran into Mosely-Braun in a Capitol
elevator. Helms turned to his friend, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah), and
said, “Watch me make her cry. I’m going to make her cry. I’m going to
sing ‘Dixie‘ until she cries.” He then proceeded to sing the song about “the good life” during slavery to Mosely-Braun. (Gannett News Service, 9/2/93; Time, 8/16/93)
Another conservative asshole kept alive well beyond his sell-by date courtesy of your tax dollars is gone - Jesse Helms has expired. He was 86. Let's recap:
In both 1990 and 1996, Helms won against Harvey Gantt, the former mayor of Charlotte.
Both campaigns attracted major national attention not only because of
Helms' national prominence and controversial positions on many issues,
but also because Gantt was an African-American
whose liberal political views provided a stark contrast to Helms.
Helms' 1990 victory has been partially credited to a late-running
television commercial that urged white voters to reject Gantt because
of the Democratic candidate's support for affirmative action
programs. The ad showed a white man's hands ripping up a rejection
notice from a company that had not hired him due to affirmative action
policies that had given the job to "less qualified minority". It was
criticized for its perceived subliminal
content; As the hands crumple it up, for a fraction of a second the
letter fades to a picture of Mr.Gant and the hands appear to be
crushing his head. The advert was produced by Alex Castellanos, who
would in 2000 again come under fire for making an Bush campagin advert criticizing Al Gore's healthcare policies and flashing the word 'RATS' over the top of it.