Let’s call it what it is. Bill Clinton’s comment yesterday that Jesse Jackson won the 1984 and 1988 South Carolina primary is a remarkably cynical attempt to remind white Democratic voters in the South that a black man has a chance to steal the nomination (because black Democrats are voting in lock step (he’s not using criminal jargon yet, but larceny is almost certain to creep into his vocabulary if Hillary doesn’t win). But Bill didn’t mention yesterday that he took nearly 70 percent of Democratic voters in the 1992 South Carolina primary (and ran unopposed in 1996). Did Bill feel it necessary to point out Jesse Jackson’s success in the Palmetto State when he was cruising to victory in 1992? I don’t recall hearing it. But of course, the difference lies in the Clintons’ equally cynical view that Bill was the first “black President.” Whatever the origins of that phrase, it is hard to imagine a more insulting notion to the black community. Bill and Hillary Clinton successfully manipulated minorities to their benefit for a decade, and now that they (yes, they) are running against a minority candidate, they are playing a sickening game of racial innuendo against him. One would hope that the black community and the rest of the American public would take note. The Jesse Jackson observation is part of a programmatic effort at racebaiting, all while maintaining plausible deniability. But as the evidence mounts, it cannot be denied.
Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., puts it bluntly: This kid exhibited every single known red flag, from killing animals to having a cache of weapons to disruptive behavior to saying he wanted to be ... Read More
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More