posted at 11:11 am on September 17, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
When Eric Holder branded the country who had just elected its first black president as a “nation of cowards” on matters of race, he apparently had his boss in mind. According to a New York Times article on the growing — and foolish — debate over whether anyone who opposes Obama’s policies is automatically a racist, “the White House has made clear that it does not want to engage on the topic” this time around.
What can one deduce from this? That Barack Obama is not only a coward, who runs away from fights, but a racial opportunist. Very little is being asked of Obama right now. Unlike his bumbling reaction to the Skip Gates incident — that the police “acted stupidly” when by his own admission he was ignorant of all the facts — this one requires no beer summit or “teachable moment.” Nor is there any basis for the White House to fear that commenting on this charge will “distract attention from the health care push,” as they have further claimed.
All Obama has to do is issue a one-sentence comment to the effect that he does not believe that opposition to his health-care reform proposal or any other policy of his administration is the result of racism. Period.
Unless, of course, he does believe that those who oppose him are racists as can logically be construed from his silence, in which case the country has a big problem.
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions
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