Chris Matthews to Kathleen Parker: Is Sarah Palin the poster girl for racism?

This aired last night but it’s a nice complement to today’s WaPo navel-gazer about the Obama Joker poster. In both cases, you’ve got “progressives” seeing the racial subtext they’re desperate to see in the cultural inkblot; what makes this different is that Parker relies on her own southern pedigree to tacitly claim a little extra authority when pronouncing upon What Southerners Believe. Result: One of the most bigoted segments I’ve ever seen on a news chat show, and I say that as someone who’s not known for being a great fan of either Sarahcuda or the south. I remember lefties touting this Times map on “Voting Shifts” by county last year after the election as proof of how entrenched racism was down there, but most of the gains in Republican votes from 2004 to 2008 are located in five states: Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and northern Alabama. Virginia, Georgia, both Carolinas, and even Mississippi got a lot bluer, which is hard to explain if Parker’s theory about neo-Confederates bristling at the thought of a contest between a black man and white woman is widely true. God help the conservative news talker who attempts a political read as reductionist as this one; MSNBC, Media Matters, and Think Progress will never let you hear the end of it.

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