Stalinist-leaners reject Chait speech!

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

We’ve seen this gong-show before: Last week, Jonathan Chait wrote a piece for New York magazine about some aspect of race.

We found it quite underwhelming. We didn’t really get his point. We didn’t think his work was especially sharp.

We thought Chait made one important new point. On the down side, we thought he buried that one naughty point under a mountain of feathers.

What was Chait’s new point? Midway through his lengthy piece, he discussed an obvious problem in our political discourse—the lazy, low-IQ use of the R-bomb which has come to typify low-IQ “liberal” discourse.

He even gave examples. This is not allowed:
CHAIT (4/6/14): [M]any, many liberals believe that only race can explain the ferocity of Republican opposition to Obama. It thus follows that anything Republicans say about Obama that could be explained by racism is probably racism. And since racists wouldn’t like anything Obama does, that renders just about any criticism of Obama—which is to say, nearly everything Republicans say about Obama—presumptively racist.

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Esquire columnist Charles Pierce has accused Times columnist David Brooks of criticizing Obama because he wants Obama to be an “anodyne black man” who would “lose, nobly, and then the country could go back to its rightful owners.” Timothy Noah, then at Slate, argued in 2008 that calling Obama “skinny” flirted with racism. (“When white people are invited to think about Obama’s physical appearance, the principal attribute they’re likely to dwell on is his dark skin. Consequently, any reference to Obama’s other physical attributes can’t help coming off as a coy walk around the barn.”) Though the term elitist has been attached to candidates of both parties for decades (and to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign), the writer David Shipler has called it racist when deployed against Obama. (“‘Elitist’ is another word for ‘arrogant,’ which is another word for ‘uppity,’ that old calumny applied to blacks who stood up for themselves.”)

MSNBC has spent the entire Obama presidency engaged in a nearly nonstop ideological stop-and-frisk operation. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell chided Obama for playing too much golf, Lawrence O’Donnell accused him of “trying to align...the lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama.” (McConnell had not mentioned Tiger Woods; it was O’Donnell who made the leap.) After Arizona governor Jan Brewer confronted Obama at an airport tarmac, Jonathan Capehart concluded, “A lot of people saw it as her wagging her finger at this president who’s also black, who should not be there.” Martin Bashir hung a monologue around his contention that Republicans were using the initialism IRS as a code that meant “nigger.” Chris Matthews calls Republicans racist so often it is hard to even keep track.
As part of our pathetic discourse, presidents have been criticized for playing too much golf going back to not liking Ike. But when McConnell played this dim-witted card with respect to Obama, Lawrence went him one better.

In the process, Lawrence showed his disrespect for everyone in MSNBC’s audience. Or are we unable to see that?

It’s hard to know why anyone would think inanity of this type is good for progressive interests. It is good for people like O’Donnell and Matthews, of course.

It lets them pander to gullible liberals in a way which such marks find daring. In the case of the reprehensible Matthews, it lets him stage an hour-long show with perhaps five minutes of prep.

That seems to be the number one goal in Matthews’ privileged life.

It’s very rare for liberal writers to mention this pseudo-liberal inanity. In our view, the passage we’ve posted represents the one new thing in Chait’s extremely long and meandering piece.

But uh-oh! In the passage we’ve posted above, Chait criticized MSNBC by name. In the part of that passage we edited out, we even mentioned Joan Walsh!

These sorts of behaviors are not allowed in the new Salonist era. At Salon, Walsh quickly howled about this highly unfortunate example of Chait speech. And then, we had yesterday’s remarkable conduct by Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel of low-IQ, Stalinistically-leaning guests.

We thought Harris-Perry’s conduct was astounding, absurd. Her guests, three of whom were professors, may have been even worse.

Anyone who lived through the 60s has seen this gong-show before. Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the intellectual squalor displayed on Sunday’s show.

(Tapes of all three segments concerning Chait are available here.)

We didn’t think much of Chait’s long piece, but we’re fairly sure of this:

McConnell wasn’t “trying to align...the lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama.” And no one outside our own circle of ditto-heads will ever believe that he was.

O’Donnell made that pitiful statement that because he’s often lazy and false. When liberals tolerate corporate-fueled bullshit like that, we cut ourselves off from the world.

Yesterday, on The One True Channel, a gang of unimpressive people rushed to punish Chait for his troubling speech, which we found rather underwhelming.

Yesterday’s program was very important. Tomorrow, some pitiful excerpts.

19 comments:

  1. We might note that O'Donnell is a cable blabbermouth with an hour to fill and McConnell is a U.S. Senator jeering at the President. It's also true that anyone who lived thorough the sixties came to understand the concept of racial "benign neglect." I would say at the Daily Howler, for instance, as well as the conventional media, the career of Clarence Thomas, for instance, in all it's raging tomism, is an example of "benign neglect."

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  2. Sunday's "get together" with Perry has it's roots in this - very interesting back and forth involving Chait . . . I assume you have not seen this? . . . Note the links in this article to even more . . .

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/03/other-peoples-pathologies/359841/

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  3. The extent to which the right wing bigotry against any dissenters from their orthodoxy and dogma is tinged with racism when applied to a black person is unknowable. And I never heard of the survivors of a lynching victim tormented between whether the atrocity was race-based or for some false charge. So why bother us over whether it was racism or some other bigotry?

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    1. Criticism is always bigotry? That's what it sounds like you're saying.

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  4. Nice red-baiting in the title. Pretty old school, though. Don't you know that the fasionable thing is to sling "liberal facist" at 'em?

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  5. I would modify slightly what you are saying. The same people criticizing Obama would do the same thing to another President who is a Democrat because Democrats are perceived as helping no good, lazy, African Americans. What many Obama supporters don't understand, and were apparently not awake during the Clinton years, the Gore and Kerry campaigns, etc.is that this phony meme follows Democrats in general and is partly, race based.

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    1. I don't think the question is whether in its heart of hearts conservative criticism is racist. I think it is that making charges of racism on such tenuous evidence will not be convincing to anyone but those already on board with the idea. There is also a logical difficulty in that no criticism can be shown not to be racist in motivation.

      Some of us remember being called racist (by friends) because we supported Clinton over Obama in the 2008 primaries. If one cannot support the candidate of one's choice without fear of being labeled racist, then what happens to free choice at the polls? Unlike charges of stupidity or foolishness, people can lose their jobs for being tagged as racist.

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    2. OK, you had "friends" who called you a racist because you favored Hillary over Obama.

      What does that prove? That there was a widespread pattern of such behavior?

      Because I certainly can't remember being called racist by friend or foe when I supported Hillary. Nor did I call any of my friends "sexist" for favoring Obama.


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    3. You don't get out much. A pal of mine was called a racist way-back-when for preferring Tim Duncan over Shaquille O'Neal. Apparently in some circles in those days, Shaq was consider "more black" than Duncan.

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    4. My basis for saying this was widespread is the number of complaints about it on various websites during the campaign. Clinton supporters discussed why their friends could be proud supporters of Obama while they had to keep their own enthusiasm secret, largely in workplaces but also in family gatherings (especially where younger voters were for Obama). Look at the number of people who endorsed Obama because their kids were for him. Send an email to Riverdaughter and ask her about it if you don't believe me.

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  6. "A pal of mine." How convenient.

    And what are these "circles" you speak of in which Shaq was not only considered to be "more black" but those who thought Duncan might be a better player would be considered "racist."

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  7. Sadly, these unsupported charges of racism do work IMHO. They deter liberals from criticizing Obama, lest they be called racists. These charges help convince blacks never to vote Republican, even when the Dems support union interests that are opposed to black interests (E.g. school vouchers and minimum wage increase). And, the charges support a widespread liberal belief that conservatives are not only wrong, but evil.

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  8. "Anyone who lived through the 60s has seen this gong-show before."

    I lived through the fifties and the sixties, Mr. Somerby. There was quite a gong show back then. Usually the gong ringers were threatened bitter old men. I recall accusations of Stalinist sympathies were one of their favorite chimes.

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    1. McCarthy was a threatened bitter old man? He was in his 40's during the hearings. Angry yes, but hard to say he was bitter given his power. Otherwise, hard to tell who you are talking about with this, other than attacking Somerby in your usual way.

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    2. Well, well.

      You can name one. From the fifties. In his forties. Died in them, as a matter of fact. Bitter and old before his time.

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