Why can’t our favorite simply come out and say whatever he’s saying: Now they’ve even got Kevin Drum, sanest guy on the planet or even on the plantation!
In this post, Drum discusses the ludicrous complaint from Virginia—the complaint about smaller communities in the state getting outvoted by larger communities. Refusing to say what he has on his mind, Kevin instead offers this:
DRUM (1/25/13): Ah, yes. All of Virginia's "more densely populated areas" are outvoting them. I wonder who they could possibly be talking about? That's a real chin scratcher.Every good pseudo-liberal knows what Drum’s saying. He’s saying this is all about race!
As it certainly could be, of course—in whole or in part. But how odd! It’s now us liberals who skulk around, winking and mincing and speaking in code where race is concerned—refusing to come out and say whatever it is we mean.
The race men used to talk this way. Now the race men are us!
Why can’t Kevin speak more directly? We’ll take a guess:
Drum can’t make a direct accusation because it’s very hard to make an assertion about Virginia state senator Charles Carrico, the little-known pol whose silly comment is being widely quoted. (Kevin seems to think his name is Bill Carrico. For our earlier post on this topic, just click here.)
Is Carrico a racist? A race man? Is he mad because his district’s white voters are getting outvoted by minority voters? We’ll take a (very easy) guess:
Our favorite analyst doesn’t know! We’ll guess that Kevin never heard Carrico’s name (first or last) name until about ten minutes ago. He has no way of knowing how much Carrico may or may not be a race man—unless we assert, as an article of pseudo-liberal faith, that “those people” are all like that!
Is Carrico a race man? We have no idea. But we’ve now consulted his leading biographer, where we came up with this:
WIKIPEDIA: Charles William "Bill" Carrico, Sr. (born November 6, 1961, in Marion, Virginia) is an American politician in the Republican Party. He is currently a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 40th District. Carrico's campaign for Senate was heavily financed by coal mining interests such as Alpha Natural Resources, Consol Energy and Richard Baxter Gilliam.Is Carrico a race man? Why can’t we say that he’s a stooge who’s in the employ of Big Coal? Why can’t we write our novel like this:
Big Coal is looking for a way to stop losing the state of Virginia!
That might not explain the clowning either. But why do we hint and mince about a motive when we so plainly don’t know?
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: It often seems like the race card is the only political play our team knows. It’s cheap, it’s dumb and it’s very stupid. And did we mention how cheap it is, especially in the face of the racial martyrs who played the game on such a transcendent moral plane? Who played it that way and won?
It’s also the face of the pseudo-lib world. It helps explain why we’ve been so hapless for so long out in the political world.
What explains the clowning in Virginia? Inquiring minds don’t seem to want to know! It's so easy to drop the bomb, to run the ball off-tackle.
Final note: Turning this into an unwinnable fight about racial motives is an excellent way to lose.