1) I, for one, am glad Americans fit my assumptions better than those of snarky reporters: that’s the subtext of the Great Aggregator’s aggregation. And we wonder yet again at the power of transference.
3) To help us define racism: Reynolds links often to the Knoxville writer Granju (many of us have loyalties to place). She contends “Sarah Palin has wrapped ACORN and Ayers inside a particularly nasty package of racist and religious hate mongering that turns off all but the most rabid nutters.” Commentors press her until she comes up with a truncated quote that is then filled out by another commentor:
“Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country. This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America. We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.”
The commentor continues:
Could you identify for those of us who don’t have the code book what, exactly, is either “racist” or “religious” “hate mongering” in that statement? How would that statement read differently if applied to Dennis Kucinich or John Kerry or Bernie Sanders instead of Barack Obama? Because it escapes me. And really, is it debatable that Barack Obama does not see America the way that Sarah Palin and most conservatives see it? That’s not race, that’s ideology.
4) Speaking of pride of place, what makes UNL think Bill Ayers is the appropriate keynote speaker for the century anniversary of the teacher’s college? Of course, I do feel a mean and petty satisfaction: my long-held prejudice against teacher’s colleges is proven yet again to have substance; I will also feel completely guiltless hanging up on those irritting and persistent fundraisers.
5) Axelrod depresses in more ways than one; I envy his confidences:
McCain is doomed. . . . [his] problem is fundamental, which is: he’s got a bad argument. He’s essentially on the wrong side of history,” Axelrod said.
Along with the “spread the wealth” meme, the party of change seems to be recycling some pretty old ideas; we might say they are rediscovering the wheel, but, the major difference is that the wheel works.
Nebraska (whether out of fear of threats, political pressure, or, one doubts but hopes, a dose of common sense) has rescinded its invitation to Ayers.