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Ed Driscoll

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

July 13th, 2012 - 7:10 pm

“The Left Finds Their Demographic,” Dave Carter writes at Ricochet:

…the President explains that his only failing is in not dumbing things down enough to correct our deficient appreciation for the wreckage his initiatives have wrought.  The problem isn’t a shrinking work force, you understand, or a record number months of unemployment over 8 percent, or a first-ever downgraded national credit rating, or a national debt equal to GDP, or record numbers of people on public assistance, or a healthcare law whose costs have tripled before it’s even implemented.  No, the problem is that the President hasn’t administered enough intellectual novocaine to numb the minds of people who are smart enough to see that his utopian pipe dream isn’t working.

Then the thought occurred that he really isn’t talking to us!  His shabby confession of inadequacy was little more than noblesse oblige at discount prices.  And he’s not talking to the independent voters either.  They are deserting him via the nearest stampede.  His only hope is the only audience that still believes him.  Who are they?  Listen to the leader of Women in NAACP, Charlotte Stoker Manning who, while discussing Governor Romney’s speech to that organization, let slip liberalism’s mask of altruism:  “You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from.  He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.”   Evidently, the idea that Governor Romney can speak as an adult, in a room full of adults, is quite too much for Ms. Manning, whose degrading and racist remarks are about the most repugnant thing to come along in awhile.  But at least she illuminates the President’s target demographic.

As Red State contributor Moe Lane wrote yesterday, “The Left tacitly admits: Mitt Romney hit a home run at the NAACP on Wednesday. How do we know this? Because they’re all FREAKING OUT about it today.” So much so that in Manning’s case, she was willing to drop the mask, and have her own equivalent of Obama’s “bitter clinger moment,” his defining Kinsley-esque gaffe of 2008.

Related: Roger L. Simon on “The Democratic Party as the Party of Race.”

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