Friday, May 29, 2009

Headlines 5/29/09

4Obama says health care changes must come this year
In my experience, "now or never" usually means someone's trying to put something over on you.

4Furor grows over partisan car dealer closings
More postpartisanship: "Evidence appears to be mounting that the Obama administration has systematically targeted for closing Chrysler dealers who contributed to Republicans."

4White House to Sonia Sotomayor critics: Be 'careful'
... because we've already learned that opposing a minority about anything is racism.

4A plea from John Mark Reynolds to California pols: Call our bluff!
" may be true that voters want two contradictory things: bigger government and less spending. Sadly, we have only been able to try bigger government. The elite believe they know which we really prefer so they keep trying different tricks to get us to embrace taxes. Why not try something new? ...Make the cuts and call our bluff if you dare."


Vinny said...

... because we've already learned that opposing a minority about anything is racism.If conservatives have learned anything, it sure doesn't show. Criticizing a minority isn't the problem. Old white men accusing a minority of racism is what doesn't play very well.

It doesn't surprise me coming from Limbaugh, but I would think that Gingrich and Tancredo had more sense.

ChrisB said...

I'm sure you'll disagree, but during the last campaign, it seemed like any criticism of Obama was deemed racist.

But accusing a minority of racism, even if it's true, is certainly a tactical blunder.

Vinny said...

I don’t deny that there was some of that, but it is hard for me to believe that Obama could ever have been elected if he had not been what Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post described as “the least aggrieved black man ever.”

I just think that Obama did a brilliant job of presenting himself as entirely above racial issues (whether you think he was or not). As a result, I think that criticisms that held only minor racial implications stood out like a sore thumb in ways they never would have against a Jesse Jackson or an Al Sharpton. On the other hand, with the economy in free fall and the country sick of the war in Iraq, it was hard to find an issue on which the Republicans could score any points. The fact that the Reverand Wright issue was one of the few on which they could gain any traction may have made their overall approach look much more racially focused than it actually was.

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