Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Calumniating incoherence at best, blatantly contradictory calumny at worst.



Richard Cohen, op-ed Sage from the Washington Compost wrote THIS piece ostensibly concerning Chris Christy’s difficulties appealing to conservatives.  In it, he not-so-deftly manages to produce yet another piece that tars the GOP (by way of reference to the Tea Party movement) with the racism charge.  It is certainly not unusual to see this sort of guilt by association from lefty columnist and commentaries.

It is the same sort of demagoguery that Cohen would probably protest were it aimed toward port. If someone at a conservative leaning publication were to tar the Dem party with the anti-Semitism of  some groups or individuals on the left; or if he/she were to aim at some leftist equivalent of the Tea Party, cherry picking that group for racists or anti-Semites, Cohen would doubtless protest, as do Tea Party types each time this occurs. The majority are not racists.  The tarring comes complete with an instance of the tired ‘old Dixiecrats moved starboard’ reset.

But, that’s all old hat.  Old old hat. Not what I’m on about this time.

 What stands out in this silly op-ed  is the transparently lame implementation of the  “I’m not saying X but X” gambit.  He makes the Ancient Aliens guy seem subtle. Or should I say ‘nuanced’?  







Yeah. Nuanced. That’s the ticket.  Some big time ‘you can keep your plan’ level of nuance.



Here is the passage in question.  We see Cohen doing his best to channel the thoughts of the strange alien species:



Today's GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled - about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts - but not all - of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.



Now, if we act the part of editors, and boil this thing down to a Sanka freeze dried version, having specifically to do with racism what do we have? Follow along:

Edit 1:


Today's GOP is not racist but it is deeply troubled - about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts - but not all - of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.


Edit 2:


Today's GOP is not racist but it is deeply troubled - about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts - but not all - of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.


Edit 3 (consistency of terminology introduced here):


Today's culturally conservative GOP is not racist but it is deeply troubled - about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. GOP Cultural conservatives must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.


Edit 4:


Today's culturally conservative GOP is not racist but it must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. To cultural conservatives, this doesn't look like their country at all.


Edit 5:


Today's culturally conservative GOP is not racist but it must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York - a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.


Edit 6:


Today’s GOP is not racist but is sickened by a mayor who is part of an inter-racial marriage productive of children.


Edit 7:

Today's GOP is not racist but reacts as racists do when looking at the Mayor

Edit 8:

Today's GOP is not racist, but racist.


No doubt I have simply missed the nuance.  Cohen surely did not mean to establish this equivalency: 
 
GOP = Tea Party = those who hold conventional views = cultural conservatives = racists = those who want to barf when they see inter-racial couples.  

Surely not.

Exit questions: 

Are “conventional views” really this bass ackwards?  

White racism might have been conventional, typical or common 50 years ago, but now?

Seriously?
 
Earth to Cohen, Earth to Cohen: This is 2013 

NOT 1963.