Not that it was any great insight, but in my post-primary column I suggested the first response of chastened Obama supporters might be to cry racism. Listening to a steady stream of observers and “community activists” on NPR yesterday during the drive home and seeing this transcript of Chris Matthews on Joe Scarborough–“You remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto? I think paleface speak with forked tongue. You hear me? Forked tongue…”–it looks like everyone is playing to type.
You would think hardcore racists might find a better vessal for their race war than Hillary Clinton, but, then again, I’m too busy trying to figure out my side’s cult of victimhood to spend much time worrying about theirs right now.
Judging by Chris Matthews’ anger over not knowing the election results in advance, however, I’m assuming paleface refers to secret racist white liberals who lied to enlightened friends of progress like Chris Matthews. Which, I suppose, means in his own mind Chris Matthews sees himself as the Lone Ranger.
Now that’s the Politics of Hope.
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