The Corner

One Finger Wagging

Email from a friend re: today’s column:

Good piece this morning, but you don’t go far enough. The thing no one has said about the attacks on Bush’s “racism” and the calls for a new

“conversation” on race is that they were plainly intended to distract

attention from the depraved behavior of poor blacks in New Orleans. As soon

as that was exposed to the world on national tv, white liberals and the black

caucus urgently needed to change the subject. What better way to head off a

“conversation” about this shocking behavior than to invoke the old racism

charge? It was really a brilliant maneuver.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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