Sean Penn, the wildly liberal actor whose best work (perhaps due to its heartfelt authenticity with Penn) was probably playing Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (though I thought he also gave a seminal performance in Team America: World Police) is now spouting off about the Republican Party’s racist motives.
On CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight (and is life not stranger than fiction that this show exists?), Penn explained why Republicans and specifically Tea Party activists dislike Barack Obama. Hint: It’s not because of 9.1 percent unemployment or apologizing around the world for our nation.
Quoth Penn: “You have what I call the Get The ‘N-word’ Out of the White House Party.” If that weren’t enough, he suggested that Tea Party members, when they think of Barack Obama, wonder “Can we just lynch him?”
To Mr. Penn, if I may offer you some reference material which is so recent that even you should still remember it, munchies and all:
In case you hadn’t noticed, Herman Cain is black. Really black. Not just Obama-black. He “was po‘ before [he] was poor.” For those who question aloud whether any particular candidate is “black enough” for their taste, Herman Cain is the real deal, unlike our current president who is black when it helps him campaign in Chicago and “post-partisan” when it helps him campaign in Des Moines. Not that I care about any of that. It’s worth repeating (and repeating again) that the only party that focuses on a candidate’s skin color is the Democrats.
So, we’ve established that a black man is leading Republican polls. Now, Jeff/Sean, here’s the other piece of the puzzle:
Quoting from an NBC News analysis of the WSJ/NBC poll: “Fueled by Tea Party supporters, conservatives and high-interest GOP primary voters, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain now leads the race for the Republican presidential nomination…”
Quoting from PPP’s analysis of their own poll: “Strong Tea Party support has Cain in the driver’s seat nationally, just as he has been on our last four individual state polls. With non-Tea Party Republicans Romney actually leads Cain 29-27. But with the Tea Party crowd Cain is getting 39% with Gingrich at 16%, Perry at 14%, and Romney in 4th place at 13%.”
So, Jeff/Sean, not only is a black man leading the Republican polling (occasional skepticism of his staying power notwithstanding), he’s leading on the strength of Tea Party support. It’s primarily the moderate-to-liberal, “non-Tea Party” wing of the Republican Party that is supporting the white guy.
Sean “Spicoli” Penn lives in his own little leftist bubble. Perhaps it’s his home, perhaps it’s Hollywood more generally, but if there were ever a time when the evidence right in front of us disproves the idea that the Tea Party’s animus toward Barack Obama is based on the president’s skin color, it’s now.
Penn must sincerely wish that Republicans were evil racists, but it just ain’t so.
Though Penn’s appeal to racism was his most controversial statement of the evening, the rest of his commentary suggested no further evidence of a functioning cerebrum.
While Penn offered, with no substantiation at all, that “capitalism’s now working,” he was honest enough to add that “socialism certainly doesn’t work.” If only he’d stopped there, he might have seemed less Spicoli-like than he continues to. Instead he added, “At least the socialists say this is the socialist experiment.” The patient died, but the doctor’s snake-oil treatment was an experiment. How’s that malpractice suit going to work out? Probably no better than the economy is. (FDR’s economic experimentation, flowing as it was from a man as economically ignorant — but as undeterred by his ignorance — as our current president, was equally disastrous.)
His most truthful statement of the evening, by far, was when he admitted “I don’t claim a great understanding of the levels of economics.” I’m not even sure he has much of an understanding of what he understands.
Jeff Spicoli lives, and you can hear his political views on CNN.
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