Race and the C-Span Callers

by Jonah Goldberg

One final thought on the marathon C-Span interview.

First, thanks again for all the kind feedback and special thanks to those of you who tried to crowd out the tinfoil-hat callers.

Speaking of those callers, I must say that the more I think about it, the more revealing they were. I haven’t counted or anything, but it seems to me that a plurality of the lefty callers were simply obsessed with race. I suspect that one or two of them were professionally invested in the topic (the guy who plugged FAIR and Media Matters smelled like a seminar caller to me). Regardless, it was fascinating how so many of them simply needed me/conservatives/National Review/Sean Hannity/et al. to be racists. It’s a small example of how so many liberals ground their identities in race and can’t conceive of the idea that their ideological opponents aren’t racists. I hope I showed enough scorn for this nonsense. But I promised the missus I wouldn’t lose my temper with the callers — something I’ve done in the past on C-Span.

I particularly liked the jerk who seemed to think it was a terrible indictment of my character that William F. Buckley and my mother and father were influences on me because they didn’t march for civil rights in the 1960s. As if I should repudiate my parents for this historic crime. As if there was nothing else admirable about WFB. Indeed, as if this is the single criteria justifying admiration.

Funny aside: My mom called me after the interview and chastised me for not mentioning that she did march with King in ’63. She got the afternoon off from the Kennedy White House to do it! So: Nyah-nyah.

Anyway, here’s the video if you’re interested. It’ll be on again this Saturday at 9:00 a.m.