Ed Driscoll

Trading Places

“Good question! Laura Ingraham wonders what Rachel Dolezal has in store for her Today Show interview,” Twitchy notes.

I really don’t care what sort of train wreck pyschobabble emerges from Dolezal’s mouth at this late date tomorrow. What I’ll be curious to study, after NewsBusters, Mediaite or another Website that monitors the MSM has the transcript and video, is how she’s treated by NBC. This is the network that’s to Obama as ABC and the House of Stephanopoulos is to the Clintons, and as needed, they’ve done much to advance his own highly, err, improvised narrative, and memory hole the details when necessary. (Recall Tom Brokaw’s goofy “I know nothing — nuuuuuthingggg!!!” remarks about Obama on the eve of the 2008 election and immediately after Dan Rather was caught cooking the books to advance the DNC narrative in 2004.) The tone of Dolezal’s interview and the questions she asked will speak volumes about what the DNC-MSM overculture as a whole thinks about Dolezal and others after they’re caught pedaling a phony identity politics narrative.

Err, like NBC’s own Al Sharpton and Brian Williams, come to think of it.

Related: Found via InstaPundit, a former NBC employee had Dolezal’s number almost 20 years ago.

And from the Insta Twitter feed, two NBCs in One! In addition to appearing on the Today Show,  Dolezal is also booked tomorrow for MSNBC’s uber-Marxist identity politics obsessed — and that’s something considering the rest of the crowd she shares network time with — Melissa Harris-Perry, who asked this weekend, “is it possible that [Dolezal] might actually be black…I wonder can it be that one would be cis-black and trans-black, that there is actually a different category of blackness, about the achievement of blackness, despite one’s parentage?”

Oh the fun those two should have together tomorrow — pass the popcorn.

Update: In his Friday G-File, Jonah Goldberg wrote, “America’s Progressive Autoimmune Crisis Continues Apace:”

The progressive vision sees all of mankind as clay to be molded, sheep to be herded, a third-grade diorama to be diorama’d. There are no safe harbors from politics because the personal is political.

The problem with saying “the personal is political” is twofold: You politicize what is personal (“Everyone must celebrate my lifestyle!”) and you personalize the political (“Your opposition to the minimum wage hurts my feelings!”).

This is how you un-think yourself out of a civilization; When politics becomes a fashion choice and fashion becomes political. If you wear your politics on your sleeve, it usually means you don’t keep them in your brain where they belong.

But as Mark Steyn writes today in “The New Minstrelsy,” from the far left’s perspective, that’s a feature:

Senator Warren walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. As I like to say, she’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of White-Out. And yet The Fordham Law Review hailed her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color”, and good for them. Why do we impose outmoded stereotypes and demand that black women be black? Why can’t a woman of color retain her pallor? After all, as The New York Post informed us, “Caitlyn Jenner Still Has Her Penis“.

Is that the first American newspaper headline to use the phrase “her penis”? If so, it won’t be the last. Caitlyn Jenner still has her penis, Elizabeth Warren still has her pallor, Jeb Bush still has his pad at Kennebunkport, Rashaqua’nishia Brunnhilde von Dolezal still has her swastika. But all of them have recognized that it’s last orders at the White Privilege saloon. So too have all those so-called “allies” of the LGBTQWERTY crowd, the straight end of the high-school “gay-straight alliance” groups. Is there anything more totally fagulous than being an “ally”? It’s way gayer than gay: You go along to the meetings with all the gays, but you don’t get any of that great anal sex, you just get to take the minutes. Even in the Republic of Paperwork, you’d have thought that would be a tough sell. But no: all the cool heteros – okay, not cool, but the least uncool — are lining up to take it.

But that’s the left’s genius. If the personal is political, why can’t it still be political even when it’s not personal? In contemporary America, race and sexuality are no longer confined to personal identity but to professional status markers — so why not be professionally black, professionally gay, professionally Cherokee?

As Steyn writes, “sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive” — and our elite “intellectuals” retired their intellects long ago.