Increasingly Shrill Democrats See Racism Everywhere
Rich Lowry wraps up what has seemingly become de rigueur for Democrats, which is accusing every Republican in sight of being a dirty, dirty racist:
Chris Matthews of MSNBC led the charge this week with an on-set rant against Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Matthews didn’t muster an argument so much as an accusation — a lot of them, actually.
Criticizing the gutting of welfare reform? That’s racist. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s joke about no one ever asking for his birth certificate? Racist, too. Saying the president is inspired by a European welfare-state model? Obviously racist.
Priebus looked like he’d been button-holed by a persistent drunk at a bar and didn’t know how to get away.
Thomas Edsall, the respected former Washington Post reporter now at the Columbia Journalism School, bested Matthews by declaring Romney’s ad against the Obama’s Medicare cuts racist. Timothy Noah of The New Republic seconded Edsall’s insight.
The impressively single-named commentator Touré claimed that calling the Obama campaign “angry” is racist — a close cousin to the argument that calling him “arrogant” is racist.
It’s only late August and the campaign is tied. Wait until October. Particularly if it’s equally close or if Obama is trailing. In the imaginations of the president’s devotees, an America where he is behind by 2 or 3 points will be indistinguishable from an America where blacks are set on by dogs during Civil Rights marches.
You would think they’d reach a point of diminishing returns with this stuff. Are we really to believe that everyone who thinks the President might be wrong on some facet of public policy is a racist?
Really, it’s a lazy sort of debating. If you attack a person’s motivation for making an argument, you don’t have to respond to the argument itself.Tags: chris matthews, race card, rich lowry