Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Liberals Conspire to Play Race Card

I'm generally opposed to conspiracy theories. I'm like Henry Higgins,

A patient man am I, down to my fingertips, the sort who never could, ever would, let an insulting remark escape his lips Very gentle man... But let a liberal in your life!

The thing about conspiracies is that people, especially politicians, are really too lazy to operate a proper conspiracy.

But now we learn that liberal journalists on "JournoList" did in fact conspire, in the strict sense of the word, to play the race card in 2008 over Reverend Wright and his racist remarks. Their problem was that the exposure of videos showing Barack Obama's pastor delivering racist rants in church would damage the narrative of Obama as a "post-racist." Jonathan Strong at the Daily Caller:

Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage. In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Then of course we have the "N-word" accusations, that Tea Party activists shouted racist epithets at black congressman as they walked from a House office building to the Capitol for the key vote on ObamaCare. As Scott Johnson of Powerline writes to New York Times reporter Matt Bai:

Let me elaborate just a bit. Specifically, you said: "There have been scattered reports around the country of racially charged rhetoric within the movement, most notably just before the vote on the new health care law last March, when Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, the legendary civil rights leader, was showered with hateful epithets outside the Capitol." This statement is demonstrably false on several grounds. The folks at Power Line have rather exhaustively examined this issue and it is quite clear that Carson's claim was either knowingly false when made, or that he was seriously mistaken. Moreover, your statement repeats and even adds to a baseless narrative that is being desperately repeated by officials within the Democratic Party.

Here's an all-American one liner about race, that issues from the resolution passed at the NAACP convention accusing the Tea Party of racism. I have polished it to make it snappier.

There's a difference between the Tea Party and the NAACP. In the Tea Party you look for racism on the fringe. In the NAACP you look for racism on the stage.

There is no need to get angry about all this liberal race-card playing. It's gone beyond that. Liberals are like the boy who cried Wolf! Liberals have loved the power that the race card gives them, and liberals, the Ruling Class, love power. But one day the American people will tell liberals to shut up.

My guess is that that day occurred some time between President Obama's inauguration in 2009 and the passing of ObamaCare in the spring of 2010.

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