The inevitability of this being true—we’ll always have bigots—can be a powerful if disreputable weapon for one sufficiently shameless to employ the racial manipulation he imputes to others.
Meet Attorney General Eric Holder.
Mr. Holder’s whine—a strategic whine as opposed to a self-pitying one—got another airing on Sunday morning TV as he announced he’d challenge Wisconsin’s presumptively racist voter ID law.
Savor the quotes. This takes practice:
“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
Nice touch. Simulate good faith by graciously conceding that not everyone who disagrees with the Obama administration is bigoted, while planting the suspicion that they probably are.
Let us submit other reasons for “a certain level of vehemence.” For instance, the open attempt to transform the whole country into the kind of place millions fled in recent centuries, preferring to live the way we still try to live here.
Vehemence is the rational response when a faculty-lounge leftist pops up, full of animosity toward the nation that elevated him to high office, saying,” Okay, America, time to turn you into something else.”
The current administration entered office with an unprecedented reserve of goodwill, and was elected twice by this supposedly bigoted nation. Sleazy accusations of racism are an easy way out, changing the subject from what this administration is to how it appears on camera. The first of those two is what matters.