Wednesday, April 7, 2010

World Class Dumb and Even Dumber Still


World Class Dumb - Michael Steele

This mensa reject played the race card on Republicans over criticism that boils down to the fact that he is burning through money faster than he is bringing it in - which, as RNC Chairman, is failing at his primary duty. (Update: See this from Another Black Conservative: "To date, Steele has done nothing to regain the confidence of conservatives like myself. If anything his constant missteps has pushed conservatives further away.")

- & Even Dumber Still - Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell . . .

. . . who announced "Confederate History Month" in Virginia, then tried to explain why it didn't involve racism. Here is a hint Bob - if you have to explain why the imagery involved in your act is not really racist, you have completely lost the issue.

Do either of these two bozo's have a clue how they have played into the narrative of the left's race baiting industry, that racial animus is at the core of the Republican party and opposition to Obama. In normal times, these acts would be plain dumb. But we are in a situation today where the left is throwing race cards out like candy, doing their gutter best to smear the right in general and Tea Party advocates in particular as racist in order to end all debate on Obama's profligate spending and destructive policies. That takes the above acts from simple dumb to a world class absolutely numb-nuts level of dumb. With people like these in leadership positions, we really could see Republicans yet again pull defeat from the jaws of victory.

It should be noted that these remarks come on the heels of today's honest report from CNN's Shannon Travis who travelled with the Tea Parties:

[H]ere's what you don't often see in the coverage of Tea Party rallies: Patriotic signs professing a love for country; mothers and fathers with their children; African-Americans proudly participating; and senior citizens bopping to a hip-hop rapper. ... It is important to show the colorful anger Americans might have against elected leaders and Washington. But people should also see the orange-vested Tea Party hospitality handlers who welcome you with colorful smiles.

There were a few signs that could be seen as offensive to African-Americans. But by and large, no one I spoke with or I heard from on stage said anything that was approaching racist.

Almost everyone I met was welcoming to this African-American television news producer.

A salute to Mr. Travis. Now, which of the above narratives do you expect to play across the MSM?

1 comment:

Tom Shire said...

How is it that McDonnell is merely "playing into a narrative," as you assert, and not actually acting as a racist?

Isn't denying the fact that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery THE fundamental rhetorical tactic of racists and revisionists?

McDonnell's failure to understand the human toll of slavery, and coincident decision to honor those who fought to preserve the institution, displayed a shocking degree of callousness.

McDonnell's insensitivity and a-historical analysis can't be explained without comprehending the pervasiveness of racism, be it conscious or subconscious.

Claiming that McDonnell is merely "playing into a narrative" strikes me as an attempt to create the impression that the "narrative" has no real basis in fact.

The sad reality is that the "narrative" is all too common and real.