They want it to be, but, as with Tony Snow’s use of the phrase “hugging the tar baby,” this falls tragically into that twilight zone of demagoguery that’s so profoundly stupid even they can’t race-bait with a straight face. TPM, the vanguard of dishonest racial accusations, can’t muster more than an arched eyebrow in describing it. Thank god for HuffPo, which transforms this magically from Dobbs using an innocent colloquialism like “cotton-picking” — and catching himself, surely because he knew what the left would do with it — into a charge that he “almost” called Condoleezza Rice herself a “cotton-picker.” Batten down the hatches, Maverick; once they’re done calling Hillary a racist at every opportunity, you’ll be getting crap like this by the bucketful.

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