Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Any colour so long as it's black

Andrew Sullivan, outraged at Geraldine Ferraro's suggestion that Barack Obama's success in the Democratic primary is due to him being black --

So when, one wonders, will Clintonite [Wesley] Clark call for Ferraro to be fired from her campaign position? Or is Rush Limbaugh now held to a higher standard than Geraldine Ferraro? ... The racial polarization in the exit polls is depressing; but when you have Clinton surrogates like Geraldine Ferraro reveling in racist condescension and resentment, as she did today, I can understand a little

Andrew Sullivan, explaining that the redemptive power of an Obama candidacy lies in him being black --

Electing a half-African president, with Hussein as a middle name, who attended school in a Muslim country: it's almost a p.r. agent's dream for America. It would instantly give this country a fresh start in the world after the disaster of the Bush-Cheney years.

It's particularly bizarre for Sullivan to be tossing accusations of racism when someone brings up the topic of race, given his history with The Bell Curve.

UPDATE: For the record, a prediction that we meant to make before -- come the general election, Sully will dump Obama for McCaim, which will be astounding given the way he's made his blog into all-Obama-all-the-time. Here's the latest hint --

I guess I should reiterate that I am undecided about the general election if it turns into a McCain-Obama battle. There are aspects to both men that I deeply admire. Oddly, I find McCain more persuasive on domestic policy and Obama more realistic when it comes to foreign policy.

FINAL UPDATE: Mickey Kaus finds another Sully segment with the same contradiction.

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