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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Ultimate Idiocy of Identity Politics

Gwen Ifill is under attack as moderator of the VP debate because she has written a book about how African-American politicians have moved beyond the identity simplicities of the civil rights struggle.

Immune to irony, Conservatives are preemptively piling on with accusations of prejudice, even though the book has been common knowledge for some time.

Michelle Malkin argues in a post on National Review that Ifill is "so far in the tank for the Democratic presidential candidate, her oxygen delivery line is running."

Proof that Ifill is not objective, some contend, can be seen in her facial expressions after Palin's acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention last month. "Those viewers apparently believed Ifill didn't seem sufficiently excited," the AP reported today.

"We're very lazy when we think about race in this country," Ifill has said in describing the theme of her book. "We love simplistic conflict."

The Fox News gang is proving that with a headline on their blog: "VP Debate Moderator Pens Pro-Obama Book."

Shirley Chisholm, who ran for president in 1972, always insisted that she encountered more prejudice over her gender than her race. On that basis, Democrats should be railing about Ifill because of possible favoritism toward Palin as one woman to another.

Or maybe they should all shut up and see whether or not Palin can ace her test tomorrow night.


R. S. Abrinaud said...

Just when I think the Republican air-heads and ditto-heads can't get any more ridiculous, they go and generate idiocy like this.

I wonder if the attacks on Ms. Ifil have less to do with her being seen as pro-Obama and more to do with someone in the McCain/Palin camp realizing that, "Holy crap! We can't accuse the moderator of bullying Palin because she's a woman if the moderator is, in fact, a woman!"

Once again, I must fall back upon my standard response to stories like this: "This is a joke, right?"

Fencer said...

The airhead are those who refuse to investigate Obama's corruption.

The more important thing now is to investigate the corruption of Obama.

Obama was sponsored $250,000 by corrupt and convicte slumlord, Rezko. Obama ignored housing violations in 11 of the 30 housing projects in Obama's constituency. In addition, he is also connected to other corrupt elements such Auchi.

Obama also got a $300,000 discount by Rezko who bought the lot next door to enable Obama to buy the house for $1.65 million dollar. Rezko can only gain access to the lot though Obama's house and never develop the lot.

Further Obama got special privileges: The freshman Democratic senator received a discount. He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago. The loan was unusually large, known in banker lingo as a "super super jumbo." Obama paid no origination fee or discount points, as some consumers do to reduce their interest rates.

Michelle Obama's salary jumped from $121,000 prior to Obama's election to Senate to $360,000 after his election. One of Obama's earmarks is to provide $1 million to Michelle' employer for the construction of a pavilion.

Obama spend $1 billions in earmarks in 4 years. The same kind of politics.

All along, Obama has been the greatest marketeer. He could be the greatest salesman who reinvented himself. People wants to believe him because he is good at using buzzwords such as hope and change. I wish that people would be less naive.

As an Asian American, I am appalled that people cannot see through the facade or the hypocrisy of this corrupt man who practise the worst kind of politics, based on racism...based on popularity...People should look at Obama who has never been moderate. He do whatever is needed to win, even walk away from his integrity to cooperate with a corrupt slumlord, Rezko.

SingleMomVoting said...

I just read a story on about Ms. Ifill and criticism over her position as moderator in tomorrow's VP debate. I am stunned at the level of pettiness being displayed in the comments about an individual who has lived a life above reproach. Ms. Ifill is a woman of great achievement that has easily earned her place on the list of women that young women should be given as an example of what they could aspire to do in their own lives. It would be disappointing if any person of intelligence did not have an opinion on the presidential candidates and their counterparts this close to the day we vote. To imply that a person of integrity would slant something as important as a national debate is coming close to libel and the liberal media should be ashamed of themselves.

By the way; I am a single mother of two and the only form of discrimination I have ever experienced is the reverse kind because, you see, I am white.

Anonymous said...

I love it! I think this is a great tactic to shift the focus from Palin to Ifill. Not only is this a distraction but a preemptive excuse for Palin's poor performance in the up-coming debate. Personally, I think she'll be ready. But the point is to keep the over-worked-blue-collar white voter angry and confused so they vote against their interests! Lets see if they get fooled again!

Scott from Le Sueur, MN said...

Ethical question:

Suppose you have written a book that will be published after the next President is elected.

Suppose you will make around $3.00 per book sale, and book sales will be next to nothing if the person you wrote the book about loses, but will be a best seller if that person wins.

If that person loses, suppose you will sell 1,000 books to friends and family. If that person wins, suppose you will sell 500,000 copies or more.

Now suppose you moderate a debate that has an influence on that election:

What will you do?

ravengirl1960 said...

Much ado about nothing. The Republicans are running scared about Palin's debate performance and are flinging every tactic against the wall in the hopes that one sticks, including "Gee, Palin did bad in the debates, but that's because the moderator was BLACK and *gasp* oh, noes, so was Obama!

Anonymous said...

I come from South Florida- land of the hanging chads and now paper ballots. This election is all about Lesser Evils - like this I read at school