At the top of Impromptus today, I comment on Herman Cain and his winning of the Florida straw poll. All of our lives, we’ve heard that Republicans and conservatives are racist. For the last two and a half years, we’ve heard that the Tea Party is racist.
I’m not sure that the Left has a more strongly held belief, or a more loudly expressed one: that the Tea Party is racist.
Cain, of course, is a big Tea Party favorite. I was struck by a picture that Kate Trinko posted on Saturday night: It showed Cain signing a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag for a fan dressed in Tea Party garb. (Go here.)
The night before the Florida straw poll, Morgan Freeman appeared on CNN. He is maybe the country’s most beloved actor. He declared the Tea Party racist, and the Republicans at large racist. He said our attitude is, “Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we [can] to get this black man out of here.”
Apparently, Tea Party activists want to replace “this black man” with Herman Cain. But does the Left regard Cain as black? He was raised by his janitor father and housemaid mother in Georgia. President Obama was raised by his white grandparents in Hawaii. But he’s a left-winger, you see. So he wins — he’s blacker than thou, or blacker than Cain.
As I say in Impromptus, this is a weird, weird country.