From tonight’s Tony monologue, introducing Laurence Fishburne in “Thurgood,” a timely reminder per yesterday’s AP story about black conservatives that ideology, not race, remains the sine qua non of authentic blackness. Obama wears the Democratic halo and thus doesn’t have to worry too much about having his own bona fides questioned, but woe is him if he betrays the left by trying to govern in that post-partisan way we keep hearing about (but not seeing much of).

The audience duly hoots and applauds, natch.

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