Ann Althouse asks: [updated]
AM I THE ONLY ONE OF THE INSTAPUNDIT BLOGGERS AND GUEST-BLOGGERS who loathes the Daily Caller’s exploitation of the 2007 video of Barack Obama stirring up the black churchfolk? I don’t think this is helping Mitt Romney with the swing voters at all. Like last week’s playing and replaying of the Obamaphone lady’s ravings, it repels me from Republicans. I’m a swing voter — I voted for Obama in 2008 and Bush in 2004 — and I am genuinely undecided this year. Those of you who are pleased with these seemingly exciting new weapons to use in the fight to defeat Obama are losing perspective. You are not thinking about how you look to the people you need to convince. Here’s a clue: You look ugly.
protein wisdom answers: Dear Ann: It’s preferable, I’ll submit, to “look ugly” for the crime of posting the full video of a previously expurgated and racially divisive speech kept out of view of the American electorate by a complicit press before the 2008 elections, delivered by a politician who was sold to us as a post-racial healer than it is to still be claim yourself “genuinely undecided” about voting a second time for a man who gave us $6 trillion in new debt; nationalized healthcare against the will of the electorate; ignores whatever laws he feels like ignoring (even those signed into law by Democratic Presidents); takes us to war without consulting Congress and without a real articulation of the objective; bypasses the Constitution by ignoring the appointments clause; institutes backdoor amnesty on whim while growing the ranks of the impoverished and lowering the standard of living; sends guns to Mexican drug cartels without informing the Mexican government; and engages in a cover-up of the murder of one of his own ambassadors, simultaneously and without a second thought scapegoating as the cause of a planned Islamist uprising some previously unknown filmmaker, before heading off to fundraise with Jay-Z and Beyonce.
You are not thinking about how you look to the people you need to convince, Ann. Here’s a clue. You look completely fucking stupid.
For chrissakes, grow up.
(thanks to Lee and Johninfirestone)
update: One more thing, while I’m venting from my place of jealous marginalization: I find it repugnant that Althouse would attribute to base racialist thinking — and perhaps even racism — the fact that people on the right (and some on the left, no doubt) noticed in Obama’s 2007 speech racialist thinking and perhaps even racism, and sought to make him accountable to his own words and tone, particularly after he ran his campaign on a message of inclusivity, and delivered a 2008 speech with an entirely remodulated message on race and politics.
Were Althouse a courtesan, I suspect that when the little girl pointed out the emperor’s droopy ball sack, Ann would have had the child whipped for her impertinence and then noted that, if such abuses of decorum continue, she would have no choice but to fight to the death to protect the emperor’s honor against such ugly calumnies.
There are some truths that are just not talked about in polite company.