E. J. Dionne Jr. and I have been arguing about it over at the Washington Post. Here’s my latest entry, which includes links to the previous round. From the opening:
[E. J. writes:] “I’m surprised that it so shocks my friend Ramesh that many Americans – and not just African-Americans — are asking why it is that only when we have a black man as president has a member of Congress felt he could stand up and shout, ‘You lie!’” I am not at all shocked that the minds of many Americans run in this direction. I have read people attribute opposition to Democratic health-care legislation, the stimulus, Obama’s election, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, and Obama’s “green jobs czar” to racism, so at this point it is a standard part of our political life rather than anything shocking. I am, however, saddened to see E. J. fall into this camp. . . .