Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

My apologies to our hyphenated Irish friends. I'm just the messenger here. Newsweek:

Why Are All the Conservative Loudmouths Irish-American?

Just as they used to play an outsize role in the Democratic Party’s apparatus, and in organized labor, putative Irishmen are now the face of the hard Right.

Once the biggest names, faces, and voices on television were Huntley and Brinkley, Cronkite, Murrow, even John Chancellor and Dan Rather, all sober, serious Americans—and all Protestants too.

Now we have angry loudmouths with names like O’Reilly, Hannity, Buchanan, and, lurking back there with his Cheshire smile, the dissolute but scary Bannon.

Yet no one has noticed this obvious fact, and the sheer lack of attention may be the most important thing about it. Why has the ascent of a bunch of people who in an earlier period might have been called Micks drawn no notice at all?

You have to read the whole tome by Van Gosse, a history professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, to fully absorb the rank bigotry contained within. Imagine if someone had written a similar screed with the following headlines:

Why Are All the Loudmouths Gay?

Why Are All the Loudmouths Muslim?

Why Are All the Loudmouths Africa-American

Or, heaven help us:

Why Are All the Loudmouths Women? 

The lesson here is simple: Bigotry is acceptable if it's directed at melanin-deprived political enemies.