The One Who Smelt it Dealt It

John McWhorter has a good and quite controversial essay on the race card and Herman Cain:

The left has been outraged at the Cain campaign’s response, but it also ought to feel a pang of recognition. If the race card is still a viable part of our national discourse in the Obama era, it is so at the behest of liberals—and it’s no less odious or callow when it is played by the left as when it is by the right.

Yes, such claims are generally more cynical, and less coherent, when they are deployed by conservatives. It borders on absurdity that the very conservatives who have harped on the importance of “moving past” racism are defending Cain as a victim of discrimination. In any case, the charges against Cain have become so concrete that it is cartoonish to pretend that racism is truly what is at stake.

But most of the left’s invocations of racism have also, in any objective sense, lost credibility—not because they follow Cain in trying to contradict specific facts, but because they have become so omnipresent and vague as to lose all meaning. Liberals imagine they are fighting the good fight, that they are uncovering truths about the hidden role of racism in the world. But what they have really been doing is making a dogma of racial grievance, one that has been exploited repeatedly by public figures on the left—and was bound to inevitably be deployed by politicians on the right.

McWhorter goes into the attempts to portray the Tea Party and the Obama opposition as racist, pointing out — as I have — that the invective deployed against pasty white Bill Clinton was just a vicious. Anyone remember The Boys on the Tracks? Or the conspiracy theories about the death of Ron Brown? Or the contention that he’d gotten a blow job from a star-struck 19-year-old …

Oh, wait. That last one happened, didn’t it?

I mean, Bill Clinton got impeached, for God’s sake. He was under constant investigation — mostly because he deserved to be under investigation, but at least partly because of politics.

It’s not likely Obama is beyond reproach. A new analysis shows that $16 billion in DOE grants went to companies owned or run by Obama bundlers.

Nor, as McWhorter’s commenters seem to think, is he bashing a straw man. The contention that the fierce opposition to Obama is at least partially motivated by his skin color has been advanced by Michael Moore, Janeane Garofalo, Andrew Sullivan, numerous writers at Daily Kos, Jimmy Carter, Chris Matthews and Morgan Freeman — and that’s just off the top of my head. To be fair, Obama hasn’t invoked the race card, mainly because he’s too smart too. And several people like Donna Brazille, Tim Kaine and Deval Patrick have also refused, also because they’re too smart to. But this is more of a “slime and pivot” maneuver — letting the angry wing of the party screech while you pretend to be above it.

Now, suddenly, they want to back away from that. “Who, us? Play the race card? Pshaw!”

Are the allegations against Cain motivated by race? I don’t think so. The driving force here is that Herman Cain is (or was) the front-runner. And when you become the front-runner, every thing you’ve done, said or breathed on wrong is going to be dragged out into the open, sooner or later. That happens to everyone.

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  1. Monolith

    And when you become the front-runner, every thing you’ve done, said or breathed on wrong is going to be dragged out into the open, sooner or later. That happens to everyone.

    I know of a certain candidate who didn’t have that happen to him.

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  2. AlexInCT

    Even worse, they covered for that candidate. Now they are constantly surprised at the “unexpected” bad news and can no longer rely on the “blame Boosh” mantra they hid behind for the first 2 years. As Heinlein said with far more eloquence: when the tools get their way it is called “bad luck”.

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  3. AlexInCT

    It’s not likely Obama is beyond reproach. A new analysis shows that $16 billion in DOE grants went to companies owned or run by Obama bundlers.

    If you are into Vegas odds, my bet is this is the tip of the iceberg. They funneled close to a trillion dollars for which we have gotten practically nothing. Even they could not be that inept, could they?

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    All of 2008 my liberal brother and I went round and round about what an Obama administration would mean, and on erection day (for my brother) I told him my gut feeling was Obama’s inexperience will keep all other black men out of the WH for a long while to come. If one factors in Obama’s corruption along with his narcissism, well look around you…

    The uninformed paint in broad brush strokes I fear.

    So yes racism is strongly against Herman Cain, just not for the reasons you think.

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  5. CM

    Why would a candidate’s experience keep all other black men out of the WH for a long time to come? Why on earth would inexperience have any impact on what race a successful candidate is?

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  6. Mississippi Yankee

    Because of the absolute mess he has made there are factions within this country that will play upon his race.

    But you already knew that loquacious one. What’s the matter, is Monday your day to relieve your pent-up weekend frustrations?

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  7. AlexInCT

    All of 2008 my liberal brother and I went round and round about what an Obama administration would mean, and on erection day (for my brother) I told him my gut feeling was Obama’s inexperience will keep all other black men out of the WH for a long while to come. If one factors in Obama’s corruption along with his narcissism, well look around you…

    Team blue has never been cowed into electing or reelecting the most corrupt people possible. Look at Frank, Dodd, Pelosi, Reid, and so on. It is rare to see them not do that. Now that Obama has set the bar for the ineptocracy, sealing record dollars for them, I think they will have no problem nominating another empty suit like him and have all the Team blue idiots vote for em. You may be right that they will not put another black man up for the vote for a while, but I am sure their next candidate will be just as inept and inexperienced, spouting the same class warfare bullshit using catchy slogans like “hope & change”, and the suckers will bite.

    What they fear even more than losing elections though, is the right putting up a black man that actually can do stuff. Case in point Herman Cain. They got to keep them serfs dependant and on the plantation, and someone like Cain shows them they don’t need any of that.

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  8. Mississippi Yankee

    What they fear even more than losing elections though, is the right putting up a black man that actually can do stuff. Case in point Herman Cain. They got to keep them serfs dependant and on the plantation, and someone like Cain shows them they don’t need any of that.

    Excellent point and also information not available to me in 2008.
    It’s like the dumb fat son of the governor of Mississippi in “O Brother Where Art Thou” upon seeing the donks had gotten a midget to campaign for them suggested “we need to get ourselves a midget”.

    Cain was a ‘known unknown’ I guess.

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  9. CM

    ….a black man that actually can do stuff. Case in point Herman Cain.

    How is Cain any more ‘experienced’ than Obama? Surely that could only be the case if you carefully craft the definition of ‘experience’ to make it so. But then that’s pointless.

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  10. CM

    Community organizing is a process where people who live in proximity to each other come together into an organization that acts in their shared self-interest. A core goal of community organizing is to generate durable power for an organization representing the community, allowing it to influence key decision-makers on a range of issues over time. In the ideal, for example, this can get community organizing groups a place at the table before important decisions are made.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_organizing#Barack_Obama_and_the_2008_Presidential_Election

    Plus he worked for a year at the Business International Corporation then at the New York Public Interest Research Group, at the Harvard Law Review, stints at law firms, 12 years as a law professor and 12 years as a Senator (state and US).

    Cain worked full-time as a ballistics analyst for the U.S. Department of the Navy, for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta as a computer systems analyst, joined Pillsbury and became director of business analysis in its restaurant and foods group, analyzed and managed 400 Burger King stores in the Philadelphia area, and was then appointed president and CEO of another Pillsbury subsidiary, Godfather’s Pizza. Cain got it back to profitability by closing approximately 200 restaurants and eliminating several thousand jobs. He then became a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He then become deputy chairman, then chairman. The he left and moved to Washington, D.C., to become CEO of the National Restaurant Association. Then he ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia and did not win in the primaries. Then he started working for the Koch family funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and received honorariums for speaking at AFP events until he announced his campaign for the Republican nomination.

    Quite different paths, but can you really say that one is more “experienced” than the other? Politically it’s not even close.

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  11. Mississippi Yankee

    12 years as a Senator (state and US).

    Your math is questionable and he started off as a state rep.

    When he wasn’t campaigning can you name a few of the bills he may have sponsored?
    Of course voting record would be nice too, keeping in mind that voting “present” doesn’t really fall into the accomplishments field.

    Oh, and as a US senator he only spent a little over 400 daze legislating before switching gears into… wait for it…. campaigning mode.

    Quite different paths, but can you really say that one is more “experienced” than the other?

    Why yes, yea I can thank you!

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  12. AlexInCT

    Don’t waste your time with CM, MY. Unless you can provide a link to a LSM article that specifically says exactly what you are saying, word for word, he will dismiss it. If you then point out that the LSM worded it the way they did because as usual they are trying to cover for the left, or that the LSM isn’t covering the story because they hope it goes away or need time to find a way to present it in as positive as possible a light for the left, he will not only ignore that too, then when cornered claim it is your opinion and thus not valid, but eventually just accuse you of lying.

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  13. AlexInCT

    Obama got a Nobel Peace prize for not being Boosh, and then he started a whole bunch of kinetic actions?

    Seriously, Obama’s resume was thinner than the one of your average college grad, yet CM has the gall to ask why we point out that Cain, whom started and run a multi million dollar business, has more experience. Even after 3 years in office his resume can only be called a template of how to fail with style. Like I keep saying: unless the LSM says it and CM approves of it, it’s as if it never happened, it’s your opinion, or you are a liar. And he keeps wanting us to believe he argues in good faith.

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  14. CM

    I’ve never once said that evidence resides only within mainstream media pieces. I’ve never said anything even remotely close to that.

    What a ludicrous thing to say.Wow, you REALLY have no idea whatsoever do you?!

    Please point out where I accused you of lying when you weren’t. Otherwise, stop saying it (otherwise it just looks like you’re lying).

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  15. AlexInCT

    Quite different paths, but can you really say that one is more “experienced” than the other? Politically it’s not even close.

    That says it all, really. The left is impressed by people that can spout off marxist nonsense, give lip service to the usual bullshit that blames the white man and capitalism for every evil and passes for wisdom & truth amongst the left’s intelligentsia, and can talk pretty if their teleprompter doesn’t go on a fritz. Government is the answer to all problems despite the track record showing that government sucks at everything it does. A healthy dose of LSM propaganda that covers up for every one of your gaffes, while making the slightest thing, even when they have to take it out of context, or outright lie, a huge deal that is in the news 24/7, also helps.

    Politically Obama is fucking idiot. Scratch that. It is an insult to idiots. He has disrespected our allies, kissed the ass of tyrants and encouraged them to do escalate their disruptive activities, and fucks up on protocol constantly. If we actually got the same level of scrutiny & negative coverage whenever they thought they could score points that Bush or Palin were given by the LSM, Obama would make both of them look like geniuses. The idiot even was given a fucking peace prize and then went out and expanded the number of wars we where in. Oh, wait, sorry. Kinetic actions. The left doesn’t do war war. The left keeps telling us how much better they are at all things political when what they really are good at is propaganda: controlling what people hear so they look good and others look bad.

    And I stand by Cain knowing more than Obama even after Obama had the benefit of the last three years. At least Cain hasn’t done anything as dumb as saying that there are 57 states or bowed to a fucking foreign dignitaries. Please!

    BTW, you forgot to clearly state that was your opinion CM.

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  16. CM

    That says it all, really. The left is impressed by people that can spout off marxist nonsense, give lip service to the usual bullshit that blames the white man and capitalism for every evil and passes for wisdom & truth amongst the left’s intelligentsia, and can talk pretty if their teleprompter doesn’t go on a fritz. etc etc

    How you got all that from my post is beyond my comprehension. Has someone on another blog provided you with a ‘fact’ about what I think, but which wasn’t in my post? I simply listed what they’ve been doing since they left university. But it does say it all really that you’d take a pretty simple list and turn it into that. It about sums you up. Not a shred of honesty in your body.

    BTW, you forgot to clearly state that was your opinion CM.

    It was entirely factual.
    Politically Obama is far more experienced that Cain. He’s been a State Senator and a US Senator Cain has no political experience at the state or national level (other than as a lobbyist). How is that even arguable?

    And I stand by Cain knowing more than Obama

    Yeah that’s been showing up a lot lately…..

    Ok Libya. President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qaddafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, I know I didn’t agree. Ah, I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason — ah no, that’s a different one ah.

    (inaudible) I gotta go back to see ah … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head ah.

    Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with Obama?

    http://lybio.net/herman-cain-on-libya/politics/

    Just ignore that though Alex. Cain is your man, so you’ll be as loyal as those Obama loyalists who dismiss all his mistakes and gaffes. You’re no different. It’s all just binary.

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  17. CM

    Seriously, Obama’s resume was thinner than the one of your average college grad,

    An average college grad has worked as a lawyer for years, been a law professor for years, been a State or US Senator for over a decade, and worked as a community organiser as well?
    Um, which college is this?

    yet CM has the gall to ask why we point out that Cain, whom started and run a multi million dollar business, has more experience.

    Which multi-million dollar business did he start?
    No doubt he has more business experience. Who is disputing that? That’s inarguable.

    Even after 3 years in office his resume can only be called a template of how to fail with style.

    Again, looking at what Obama has done in his life, it’s pretty hard to argue that he’s been a failure. Actually, it’s impossible.

    Like I keep saying: unless the LSM says it and CM approves of it, it’s as if it never happened, it’s your opinion, or you are a liar.

    Liar.

    And he keeps wanting us to believe he argues in good faith.

    Believe what you like. Until I’m banned or get bored I’ll continue to defend myself when people lie about me, and I’ll point out where you’re being dishonest about what I’ve said. And when I feel like it I’ll ask for evidence to support something presented as fact. If everyone else wants to do that, cool. They should. There’s really no need to go around each thread crying about how unfair it is and being a troll.

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  18. CM

    Your math is questionable and he started off as a state rep.

    Ok. Put any number you want there. Whatever number it is, it’s that many years more experience in politics at that level than Cain.

    When he wasn’t campaigning can you name a few of the bills he may have sponsored?
    Of course voting record would be nice too, keeping in mind that voting “present” doesn’t really fall into the accomplishments field.

    So are we going to analyse what Cain actually did in his roles too then?

    Why yes, yea I can thank you!

    Using any sort of objective criteria though?

    A major part of Cain’s appeal is that he’s not part of the political establishment. At any level. But if people also want to argue that he has more experience than Obama (at a similar stage) then you can’t really have both. If you’re arguing both, you’re inherently accepting his lack of political experience (which has obviously been on show) and trying to say that political experience isn’t important, other experience is more important. But you’re trying to play down Obama’s political experience, so you seem to be suggesting political experience IS important. Which is it?
    Of course if you’re Alex, you’re even more confused and are trying to argue about what Obama has done over the last 3 years, even though that’s irrelevant in assessing and comparing the relevant experience of a candidate.

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