Yes, indeed, the sane and thoughtful political discourse in this country is alive and well, thanks to Diddy’s latest video blog entry from his site on Bad Boy Records. John McCain, and not Sarah Palin, he says, scares him because of the “That one” remark from Tuesday’s debate. Diddy has TiVo? Looks like he just replayed it. Incredulous, he likens this remark to something that could be said “in 1962” when in fact “it’s 2008”. What is a multi-millionaire mogul rapper-stylist-baggy-clothes-designer-NY-bon-vivant-general nuisance supposed to do? He tells us he really could “say something” here that’s “insane”, but, whew, he spares us what he is really thinking. What a relief.
Memo to Diddy:
If you really want to see something scary, try turning on your TV to CNN, Fox News or MSNBC each morning and follow the speeches that McCain and especially Palin are giving around the country nowadays. Since they seem to have thrown in the towel about the economy and almost refuse to discuss it, they are now engaged in a smear campaign against Obama as a way to drive a wedge and raise character issues. “That one”? Yes, that was a slip-up that showed McCain to be rude and dismissive, and even patronizing. But what about when Sarah Palin declares to a partisan crowd of people that “Obama is not one of us” or when she dismissed him in her first speech as a mere “community organizer”? Did you see whenPalin asked a bunch of people the other day in southern California, “Do you know what Obama is?”? It was a dangerous open-ended question, and one that was quickly answered by an idiot in the crowd: “A terrorist!”. Guess you didn’t see that one, Diddy. Maybe you don’t spend your time looking at the right-wing kooks who furiously write racist garbage every day in the blogosphere?
Did you catch this entertaining tidbit from the Edmond Sun? He’s a professor at the University of Oklahoma. Check this out, yo’:
The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has been devastating for the Obama campaign precisely because she is everything Obama is not. Palin is not ashamed of her culture or country. She is not embarrassed by being an American, but naively embraces her birthright. Unassisted by affirmative action, Palin has risen to national prominence on the basis of her character, intelligence and natural gifts. In a word, she has guts.
“Unassisted by affirmative action”? Excuse me? How did this get in the mix? This man goes to the best schools in the country, gets a law degree at Harvard and suddenly he’s still not good enough because he just “got by” with a little help? Oh that’s right. He’s Black. He has to work twice as hard. People like Sarah Palin, a runner-up in a beauty pageant, are somehow instantly qualified and more patriotic. I get it. This post got promoted by Glenn Reynolds, one of the most widely-read right wing bloggers, which was itself noted on Glenn Greenwald’s opinion column on Slate. And Greenwald’s column even had a link to an on-line National Review piece that –are you sitting down, Diddy?—with one title, “Cause and Effect?”—blamed the collapse of Washington Mutual to its hiring of minorities and diverse workforce. With only one lazy and irresponsible title, the author put out his view, another anti-affirmative stance, I might add, for the blogosphere to see and foam at the mouth at.
This is what’s scary, Diddy. Get out the vote for the stuff that matters out there. Turn the TV set off and get on the computer if you really want to see the shameful screed that is being churned out each day. And as the days approach you can bet that it’s gonna get nastier and people will suddenly throw their inhibitions out the window. We’re talking less than a month now. We are talking about an electoral map that is unfavorable to McCain. The man’s got to do something, and if it means personal and racist attacks, then that’s what’s in store for all of us in the next few weeks.