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Jacob Weisberg vs. Reality
Perhaps That's As Fair As McNeely Vs. Tyson
Rasmussen points out an interesting factoid. The GOP genuinely caught a break when Barack Obama chose Senator Joseph Biden as his running mate rather than….General Colin Powell. If Barack Obama runs even or slightly better than John McCain in presidential preference polls, Colin Powell beats John McCain the way the Chicago Bears beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
I point this out not to lobby Senator McCain into having Colin Powell report for duty one more time, but rather to cast what I feel are well-earned aspersions on the latest anti-conservative bile emitted by the contemptible Jacob Weisberg. It seems that Weisberg can only think of one reason not to love a candidate who believes that infants that survive abortion attempts should be snuffed out to make sure Roe v. Wade doesn’t fall under legal scrutiny.
It has to be the fact that the candidate is African-American. Weisberg chalks Barack Obama’s lack of a commanding lead up to pure racism.
His insulting condescension really shines through with paragraph two of his screed.
If it makes you feel better, you can rationalize Obama’s missing 10-point lead on the basis of Clintonite sulkiness, his slowness in responding to attacks, or the concern that Obama may be too handsome, brilliant, and cool to be elected. But let’s be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn’t ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.
The effluvium continues with an ‘analysis’ of exit poll data from Democratic Primaries.
You can do the math: 12 percent of the Pennsylvania primary electorate acknowledged that it didn’t vote for Barack Obama in part because he is African-American. And that’s what Democrats in a Northeastern(ish) state admit openly. The responses in Ohio and even New Jersey were dispiritingly similar.
Then Weisberg talks about what The Joos think and how Pat Buchanan views the world around him. As if Patrick J. Buchanan and the Anti-Defamation League would ever cosponsor anything other than a duel, with pearl-handled revolvers, at 15 paces.
When he takes on Jerome Corsi, I find myself agreeing with Weisberg that Corsi is an idiot and probably, like Patrick J. Buchanan, a bigot as well. That, in and of itself, is neither necessary nor sufficient evidence to prove that all conservatives agree with Corsi, an unrepentant ‘9-11 Truther’ when his lithium supply runs out.
I don’t see either Jerome Corsi or Pat Buchanan speaking at this year’s GOP Convention. McCain perhaps lacked the fundraising to translate Pat’s words out of the original German. Not that McCain’s non-endorsement deters Weisberg. McCain hasn’t put out a disclaimer on either man reading: “I’m John McCain and I do not support this moron’s ranting!” That’s all the evidence Weisberg needs to prove the GOP has indulged in racial codespeak.
Weisberg’s blinkered judgment makes Jennifer Granholm appear bi-partisan. The Democrats have nominated a candidate who wants to raise our taxes, cut spending on defense, and pour millions into socialist entitlement programs. They’ve nominated candidates like that before. Walter Mondale and Mike Dukakis come to mind.
Given how things went for Mondale in 1984, I’d chalk any Obama vote total greater than 42% up to an unpopular two term GOP Presidency and the Reverse Bradley Effect. Jacob Weisberg owes a lot of his fellow Americans an apology. The only reason he hasn’t read what he wrote and issued one already probably has to do with his own deeply held prejudice against decency and common sense.
Cross-Posted At…The Mighty TMR