Ed Driscoll

The Strawman That Broke The Camel's Back

Victor Davis Hanson writes that “President Obama and the subject of race remind me of the proverbial camel’s back and straws”:

The American people shrugged off “typical white person”, then forgave  the clingers’ speech. They bristled a bit about “No more disown Rev. Wright than…” and started to become concerned about “downright mean country” and Michelle’s never before being proud of the good old U.S. Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” and self-referencing “as a Latina” ad nauseam did not help. Nor did Attorney General Holder’s slur that we were “cowards.” And now the Gates affair. Minor of course. But it is the proverbial straw that finally seems on this issue to really  be breaking the back of the American people, who are not only tired of racial evocation, but tired of Barack Obama and those elites around him using race for self-serving sermonizing—especially given their former confidence in Obama to lead us to racial transcendence. So read on…

Victor adds, “But as details emerged about the incident, the outrage of the African-American self-appointed leadership oddly failed to ignite even liberal America.” Or as the Conservative Comeback blog put it last week, “How Do You Know This Has Been A Bad Day For Obama? When Deval Patrick distances himself from you… it’s a bad day.”

Related: In his weekly Washington Times column, Andrew Breitbart unwraps “Obama’s Accidental Gift On Race,” As Andrew writes, “Less than a month after being confirmed as the nation’s attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr. called out the American people as “essentially a nation of cowards” for refusing to talk openly about race…We’re finally talking, Mr. Holder and Mr. Obama. Why stop now?”

Update: More from VDH on BHO and L&O at NRO: “No Offense, Officer — It’s Just Your Profession That’s Racist.”