October 15, 2008

"It is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband"

The speaker is Michelle Obama. API is African Press International. The "racists" are... well, you. If you dare to stand in the way of Obama's ascendancy.

She also thinks you're "evil."

That's right: If you ask Obama a question he doesn't want to answer, you are an evil racist.

How does that make you feel? Are you irritated by how baseless and desperate it is? Do you feel helpless against such a cynical attempt to stifle your dissent, knowing that any denial will just be construed as further proof?

Or is the word "racist" starting to lose some of its power? If everything is racist, what's so special about it in this case? Doesn't it become, at a certain point, funny? Isn't Michelle Obama kind of funny?

Update: Hoax? In a sane world, I'd think all the other false accusations of racism over the last couple of weeks were hoaxes. They weren't, but maybe this one really is.

Update: And please note that I haven't deleted or substantively altered this post because something I said might make me look bad (or, depending on your point of view, worse). I won't try to change history. Just trying to set an example for the Obama campaign.

Update: Whoops!

Posted by Jim Treacher at October 15, 2008 09:32 AM