In response to the face-off in Arizona between
Of course, Jackson's non sequitur is a single note in the cacophony of asininity surrounding the wildly over-hyped confrontation between Obama and Brewer. An
Lost in all of this is the simple fact that the president instigated the confrontation. He was upset with how an earlier meeting with Brewer was characterized in her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast" (full disclosure: my wife collaborated on the book). She probably shouldn't have raised her finger, even if it was only to get a word in edgewise.
But good Lord, given the liberal overreaction to this incident, you'd think the governorship of Arizona outranked the presidency or that Obama was a beleaguered civil rights activist sneaking into Arizona by cover of night, and not the president of the United States touching down in Air Force One.
Obama simply messed up a campaign swing by stepping on his message. But his most ardent supporters had to turn the incident into some sort of racial Gotterdammerung. Obama had it right later when he said it was all "not a big deal."
But this absurd controversy is surely a harbinger of greater inanities to come. As even some
And nothing excites the base of the Democratic Party — or gets more free media — than wildly implausible hysterics over racism, even when there's so little evidence to support the claim.
Take what appears to be the left's strongest claim:
Dog-whistle politics is a term imported from Britain that implies politicians use language with two frequencies, one for normal people and one for less savory constituencies. Dog-whistle messages are real. But dog-whistle spotting can be hard — you're listening for things that, by definition, normal people cannot hear — and prone to wild misinterpretation.
For instance, Gingrich has been talking about food stamps and child labor for a very long time. During that time, he also worked harder than most
When Gingrich came down like a ton of bricks on
And to the extent there are racial implications to what Gingrich proposes, they're no more racist than remarks made by prominent African Americans who see the culture of poverty perpetuating poverty.
But for reasons that say a lot more about the weaknesses of the first black president, liberals yearn to hear racism where it isn't to make this campaign into something more exciting than a referendum on Obama.