A reader writes:
Awesome Newsweek essay – it totally mirrors my own thoughts on how both the right and left perceive Obama. My parents are Fox-ers and my friends are incorrigible coastal lefties, and I find myself constantly making the same arguments — look at the facts.
I was particularly struck by this passage:
This kind of strategy takes time. And it means there are long stretches when Obama seems incapable of defending himself, or willing to let others to define him, or simply weak. I remember those stretches during the campaign against Hillary Clinton. I also remember whose strategy won out in the end.
This is something I always bring up with the coastal lefties. “Didn’t you watch the primary? How do you not get his style?” People are impatient and have short memories.
But I think there’s something else involved: a subtle, latent, subconscious racism. A certain element of right sees a black man, and they project all their nightmares on him (Muslim, socialist, hates white people, etc.). No matter what he actually says or does, whatever the facts are, they can’t get past it. At the same time, a certain element of the left projected their liberal fantasies on to him. They didn’t listen to what he said in the campaign (beyond the words hope and change that is), because all they saw was a black man, and since he’s black, he must be a raging liberal crusader, right?
My experience is that it’s a waste of time to argue with either faction, yet I keep doing it.
I wonder how race affects both right and left. But, like my reader, I will keep trying to make an argument. I did it in 2007, when Clinton was the prohibitive favorite. Readers know – and the piece acknowledges – that I have not agreed with this president on everything and have taken a few hard swipes, when deserved. But I’m staggered at the gap between what he has done and what left and right say he has done.
By the way, Fox News has Mark Levin on to trash my article but they are far too afraid to have me on to defend it. I’ve been on the blacklist for years. Like Ron Paul, too dangerous for Fox. You might notice that they have actually blurred out my name on the cover. Heh.