Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Interlude: Politico-Racial Genetics

When Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, you'll hear conservatives talking about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Then you'll hear conservatives talking about Louis Farrakhan and Malcolm X. Next you'll hear conservatives talking about Mumia Abu-Jamal and Eldridge Cleaver and H. Rap Brown and Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael. In the end, we may even hear Newt Gingrich talking about Frantz Fanon. Conservatives will be talking about Obama's whole pedigree of uppity n*****s, going straight back to Ham.

Liberals, meanwhile, will be talking about George W. Bush.

15 comments:

William R. Barker said...

"When Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, you'll hear conservatives talking about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson."

Rob. Please! "So-called conservatives!" Or... if you perfer... "A--holes." (*WINK*)

Seriously... I'm sick and tired of a--holes claiming the mantle of "conservative." Sure I'll slam Obama on many - probably most - of his actual policy prescriptions, but Obama has no more in common with Sharpton and Jackson than McCain does with Ronald Reagan.

Yeah, Rob, following your entire post, no doubt the hick element of the GOP - and the amoral "campaign operatives" - will try and tar Obama as "black" in a prejurative "social" sense, but let's remember, Rob... it's not the Republicans who have been playing the race card against Obama so far - it's Hillary and Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party "Clintonite" establishment.

Finally... don't throw Newt in with the rubes. Yeah... he's from Georgia, but...

(*GRIN*)

Anyway...

BILL

Rodak said...

Bill--
I didn't throw Newt in with the rubes. Newt was the one with enough intellect to know who Frantz Fanon was.
As you may have noted, this post was first a comment on RT, in which I said "Republicans" where I say "conservatives" here.

An Interested Party said...

In honor of your theory that Republicans/conservatives will play the race card against Obama (not really a shocing theory, when one thinks about it), here's a link to someone showcasing how some at NRO are beginning to do just that...

Rodak said...

AIP--
How did I know that your links would lead me to Derb?
My outrage continues to have an anomolous blind spot where it comes to my immigrant pal.
It is clear that, contra-PC, Derb will reserve his right to call a spade a spade.

EdMcGon said...

I must admit Rob, that watching the GOP's social conservative establishment as they trash McCain has led me to probably agree with you about how they'll treat Obama.

Rodak said...

Ed--
I actually hope that I'm wrong. I will take no comfort in it, if it goes down that road. That said, I'm not optimistic. Obama is already being portrayed as a far-left, socialist type. Never mind that he was president of the Harvard Law Review--hardly to be confused with the Daily Worker. Give me a break.

William R. Barker said...

"I must admit Rob, that watching the GOP's social conservative establishment....how they'll treat Obama."

But, Ed (Mr. "I'd never vote for a Mormon"), aren't YOU a social conservative...???

On gay rights... on abortion... on a host of the "social" issues... you'be always come across - to me at least - as a social conservative.

Your dislike of Giuliani - partially connected to his personal life - seemed pretty much in line with the stereotype of the social conservative movement.

BILL

Rodak said...

Bill--
Are you saying that Ed should have said "We'll..." rather than "They'll..."?

William R. Barker said...

Well... that WOULD have made more sense, however... no, I wasn't "saying" that. (*SHRUG*) I was sincerely ASKING the question. (*SHRUG*)

Seriously, Rob... I don't know how to be any clearer. I say what I mean and mean what I say. No more, no less.

In any case... would YOU identify Ed as a social conservative? Not in an approving or disapproving way, but simple as a broad identifier? I would. (*SHRUG*)

Obviously Ed can speak for himself, and being a social conservative is certainly not NECESSARILY an either/or proposition with regard to how Ed might ALSO regard himself as an economic conservative or a national defense conservative... (*SHRUG*)

Again - to reiterate that I try and be as straightforward as possible and in that spirit I asked the question - this is why I brought up Giuliani. Certainly most folks wouldn't consider Giuliani a "social conservative." Ed, on the other hand DOES seem - to me at least - to be a social conservative.

Hell, Rob... (and Ed)... *I* am not your average "social conservative" in the sense that if it were up to me I'd "allow" gay marriage (as long as top-shelf open bar receptions follow!) and I have little if any problem with first trimester abortion. (Just to name two "hotbutton" social conservative issues.) (*SHRUG*)

ANYWAY... let's try this: YOU share your thoughts on Ed's apparent brand of conservatism and then Ed can fill in the blanks and agree or disagree with BOTH of our comments on an issue by issue basis.

BILL

Rodak said...

Bill--
Overall, I guess I'd say that Ed is a social conservative. But my main impression of his politics is centered more on fiscal conservatism, than on social. Which is to make no comment on the consistency of his views.

An Interested Party said...

"My outrage continues to have an anomolous blind spot where it comes to my immigrant pal."

Perhaps you have told me in the past and I have forgotten, but why do you feel this way?

Rodak said...

I had a very warm, friendly, and humor-filled email correspondence with Derb, over a period of years. We shared our interests in poetry and literature, among other things. We sometimes argued about politics in a good-humored way, but mostly we traded jokes. Derb sometimes says outrageous things, but he really doesn't take himself hyper-seriously.

An Interested Party said...

Perhaps Derbyshire really isn't a bigot...he just plays one on the Internet...

Rodak said...

AIP--
Anybody who will trade pointed barbs with me and not stomp off in a huff can't be all bad.

Rodak said...

Seriously... I'm sick and tired of a--holes

Really? I thought that's what you had to bend over and display in order to be admitted to the clubhouse?