Newt to Chris Matthews: Your thinking can be pretty racist, you know

posted at 7:42 pm on August 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via News Busters, you’ll enjoy watching Matthews being given a taste of his own medicine but this clip is more useful as a demonstration of why it’s pointless for the two sides to talk to each other. The problem isn’t that Tingles is willing to presume racism; the problem is that his presumption is irrebuttable, with subconscious racism the inevitable fallback presumption in cases like these when the accused protests vehemently enough. You’re guilty, even if you don’t know it. What possible good can a conversation with those parameters do except to provide a lazy blogger like me with easy content on a slow news night? It’d be more dignified for both of them if Gingrich just got up and left. Cede the airtime to some liberal guest who can come on and tell Matthews what he wants to hear. That’s not a useful conversation either, but at least both participants would respect the other’s good faith and sincerity. I’d prefer that to Dog-Whistle Theater.


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