I’ve kind of been telling you this for a while, but it is nice to see it in the NY Times:
What the progressives forget is that black intellectuals have been called “paranoid,” “bitter,” “rowdy,” “angry,” “bullies,” and accused of tirades and diatribes for more than 100 years. Very few of them would have been given a grade above D from most of my teachers.
When these progressives refer to themselves as Mr. Obama’s base, all they see is themselves. They ignore polls showing steadfast support for the president among blacks and Latinos. And now they are whispering about a primary challenge against the president. Brilliant! The kind of suicidal gesture that destroyed Jimmy Carter — and a way to lose the black vote forever.
Unlike white progressives, blacks and Latinos are not used to getting it all. They know how it feels to be unemployed and unable to buy your children Christmas presents. They know when not to shout. The president, the coolest man in the room, who worked among the unemployed in Chicago, knows too.
He’s not alone in these thoughts.
*** Update ***
From the comments:
This thread is a shit show fail parade. Cole puts up a post with reasoned assertions for toning down the rhetoric and is met by the same gaggle of assholes screaming about Obama. The commentariat here has gone precipitously downhill and I can’t put my finger on when it happened. EVERY post becomes the same group whining about how much Obama sucks and doesn’t fight enough. It’s like a dickhead colony sent out a scout to figure out a place where they could argue with people and this was the place they found. It used to be snarky fun. Pointing and laughing at glibertarians and the like. Now, it’s just depressing and repetitive. You people are addicted self righteous arguing, plain and simple. Find a better hobby or a better place to do it. I’m begging you.
I couldn’t have said it better. It is draining. It’s like they have decided to join arms with the Republicans and make everything so unpleasant regarding politics that I just tune out altogether.
Just look at this thread. I post a piece telling how a lot of African Americans feel regarding the over the top treatment of Obama. A number of African American commenters chime in and say, “Yes, we don’t think they are racist, but we don’t think other politicians have been treated this way, and we feel that Obama is being treated differently.”
So what do the members of the dickhead colony do?
Loudly scream “Fuck you for feeling that way and fuck you for calling me racist and fuck Obama for being such a weak pussy.” And it is the same five to ten assholes in every single thread. It is getting to the point that reading the comments here is just no fun. I may have to install Cleek’s pie filter to read my own damned blog.