Category Archives: 7/19-7/25

Post-Racial Polling Place

100722bokloresIt began this week with the NAACP accusing the tea party of harboring racists.  The tea party, such as it is organized, excommunicated a California member for a post mocking the NAACP in a racial way.  Seemingly in exchange, the NAACP got an agriculture department employee fired for racial comments posted on Breitbart.  Except, when her remarks were considered in their full context, she was making a point against racism.  Tea Party types say all the racism talk is an attempt to distract from the butt kicking Democrats are taking in the polls due to the Obama agenda.  But that whould require a conspiracy – a cabal. Oh wait, it turns out there actually was a sort of media cabal-  on a list serve called Journolist.  And an ambition of one of its members, Spencer Ackerman, was to create a diversion to  get the Jeremiah Wright story off the front page.  The diversion?  Random accusations of racism.

Here’s a quote from Ackerman’s email as posted by the Daily Caller:  ”If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Here’s a great essay by Victor Davis Hanson about the racial mess we find ourselves in today.
And another good one from Slate’s William Saletan.  He goes into the details to conclude that Andrew Breitbart lied about Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP.

Not Chris Matthew’s Leg Tingle

100721bokloresThe Washington Post’s Ezra Klein ran a listserv limited to about 300 liberal media types called Journolist.  Apparently the 300 included a whistle blower .  The Daily Caller reported that Journolist archives include an NPR producer who would get a tingle out of Rush Limbaugh’s bug eyed death by heart attack – not surprising, an ignorant academic who thought that the FCC could shut down Fox News – also not surprising, and that real journalists discussed how to stop media coverage of Jeremiah Wright – way surprising.

Lockerbie Bomber Not Dead Yet

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BP is off to drill offshore Libya in a few weeks.  The simple explanation would be that offshore drilling is banned here.  The more interesting explanation is that it has something to do with the release of the surprisingly fit Lockerbie Bomber.

Campaign Slogan Tryouts

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Robert Gibbs said Republicans could win the House. Pelosi slammed Gibbs.  Joe Biden claimed, “we’re going to win the House and the Senate”.  Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.) felt compelled to announce ”…an end to a growing rumor that the president doesn’t want the House, only the Senate, and feels he can get more done with a split Congress…” .  Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid have the story in the WSJ.