Saturday, January 5, 2008

Are ya'll ready to riot?

...cause that's what Jonah Goldberg of the right-wing National Review thinks black folks are going to do if Barack Obama doesn't become president. Oh, he didn't say it outright. He just floated this theory:
...I think it's worth imagining a certain scenario. Imagine the Democrats
do rally around Obama. Imagine the media invests as heavily in him as I think we
all know they will if he's the nominee — and then imagine he loses. I
seriously think certain segments of American political life will become
completely unhinged. I can imagine the fear of this social unraveling
actually aiding Obama enormously in 2008. Forget Hillary's inevitability. Obama
has a rendezvous with destiny, or so we will be told. And if he's denied it,
teeth shall be gnashed, clothes rent and prices paid. (Emphasis mine.)

Hmmm...certain segments of America. Wonder who those segments might be. This is how the rabid right does it: Use coded language to get certain other segments of America believing that blacks are DEMANDING Obama become president or else, sit back and watch the backlash. Never mind that Hillary Clinton seems to be having an easier time of it with black voters than Obama. That irrelevant fact just messes up the narrative: Black people are violent, unhinged and we want what we don't deserve. Oh, and if Obama gets the Dem nomination and does win the presidency, it won't be because of his policies; it will be because good Americans are afraid of what crazed, animal hoardes of black people might do. I am offended and disgusted, but not surprised.

Glenn Greenwald at Salon is monitoring the rabid right reaction to Obama's win in Iowa here. I'm afraid the 2008 presidential campaign is about to get ugly. If you thought the "swift boating" of decorated veteran John Kerry was repugnant, hold on to your hat, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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