Just what we were talking about: Colbert Kings column in this mornings Washington Post is what weve been talking about.
King seems to have arrived on the planet at some point in 2008. His blinkered perspective forces liberals to argue a very narrowand highly inaccuratebrief.
King fails to name the very big players who are driving our politics into the ditchwho have done this for the past several decades. Instead, he starts with a couple of low-level nutsthe kind of deeply unfortunate people who have always been with us:
KING (9/12/09): On Aug. 16, pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., told his congregation that he prays for the death of President Obama. In a sermon titled "Why I Hate Barack Obama," Anderson preached. "I'm not going to pray for his good, I'm going to pray he dies and goes to hell.
Anderson is not the only man of the cloth to wish widowhood upon Michelle Obama. In June, the Rev. Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., said he was praying for the president's death.
Anderson, however, was explicit in his wish. "I'd like him to die of natural causes. I don't want him to be a martyr; we don't need another holiday. I'd like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer."
I pray God will not answer their petitions. While I'm at it, I'm going to send up one for the men and women of the Secret Service who endeavor to protect the nation's 44th president and his family.
Anderson and Drake are deeply unfortunate players in our national life. But as he continued, King began to make us think he has just arrived on the planet. He introduced a theme many liberals lovea theme which blinds us to our nations recent history. King has a stake in this theme, of course, based on his conduct in the last decadewhen he really was alive on this planet, pimping rap about Clinton and Gore:
KING (continuing directly): There's something loose in the land, an ugliness and hatred directed toward Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, that takes the breath away. The thread of resentment is woven through conservative commentary, right-wing radio and cable TV shows, all the way to Capitol Hill.
King goes on to discuss two recent murderersexamples intended to reinforce the suggestion that the irrational hatred aimed at Obama exists because he is black. George Sodini shot up a room full of white women, as King explicitly notesbut his disturbed conduct somehow supports Kings case too.
Is the ugliness and hatred directed toward Obama caused by racial hatred? Presumably, some of it is. But as he continues, King finally enters la-la land, saying this: the depth of the hostility is extraordinary.
That statement might seem true, of courseif you arrived on the planet last year.
But similar hostility was aimed at the last Democratic presidentand the claims made against that president were just as lunatic as the claims against Obama, if not slightly more so. In the case of Obama, King names a pair of no-name pastors. In the case of Clinton, one of our most famous pastors was aggressively pimping serial murder chargesand being accepted by Colbert Kings cohort as an honored Sunday morning news talker.
By the summer of Clintons second year in office, two active attempts were made on his life. One guy even flew a small plane into the White House, apparently trying to kill him. Colbert King doesnt seem to remember. Might we suggest why that is?
You see, King is part of a media elite which enabledor encouragedthe lunatic claims against Clinton, then Gore. Perhaps for that reason, people like King have airbrushed that decadeand they express their vast surprise when the same thing is done to Obama. Meanwhile, King name-calls two minor crackpot pastorsand forgets to name the powerful players who are vastly more responsible for the lunatic claims against Obama.
King is brave when it comes to naming no-names. Where are the names of the powerful players who have really been driving this lunacy?
Somehow, when it comes to such names, people like King seem to get light-headed. They may feel their knees start to buckle.
There have always been local lunatics like Anderson and Drake in our politics. But the movement went national in the 1980s, when Rush Limbaugh moved to New York. King has criticized Limbaugh a few timesin the last year, that is. But Limbaugh drove the lunatic hatred against the last Democratic president (Hillary Clinton helped kill Vince Foster!)and King never mentioned his name, not once, during that whole brainless era. (Nexis archives.)
King openly criticized Jerry Falwellafter the 9/11 attacks, that is. But Falwells name never appeared in his column during the 1990s, when he pimped those murder claims all around. Somehow, King failed to notice that ugliness. Or perhaps he was too scared to speak.
Like the bulk of his weak, weak-minded cohort, King failed to act in the 1990s. This morning, he seems to have forgotten that the decade happened at all.
Might we make a long story short? King and his cohort bought all the crap against the last Democratic president. Some of them actively encouraged the hatred; some of them simply enabled it. But by October 2000, King could barely bring himself to say a word in favor of Candidate Gore. To recall the pained column in which King made himself say that Gore would probably be somewhat better than Bush, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/26/09. In that column, you see how thoroughly these weak-minded people failed you in the last decade.
King and there rest of his cohort drank the Kool-Aid during that decadegulped it lovingly down. Now, they pretend that the era never occurredand they express their vast surprise when the same lunacy is aimed at Obama. They are amazed to see whats being said about this new Democratic president. And they diddle their cowardly brains: It must be his race, they proclaim.
In this way, people like King refuse to tell the real story. Here it is:
Your discourse has been this way for decades. A powerful movement generates ludicrous claims against all major Democrats. They did it to Clinton, then to Gorewith Kings blessing. Now, its being done to Obama.
So far, no one has flown a small plane into the White House. But in the past, it was tried.
King ran off and hid in the woods while this was being done the last time. (He was still bad-mouthing Hillary Clinton in the familiar old ways as late as summer 2008.) Now he pretends it just didnt happen. And he makes it hard for liberals to argue the truthto help the public see the big picture about our devolving culture.
This isnt about unfortunate nuts like Pastor Anderson. It isnt about an unfortunate nut like Drake, who at least is an equal opportunity kook. (He also wished divine retribution on Pastor Rick Warren this year.)
This is really about the namesand the movementwhich dont appear in Kings column. Its about multimillionaire stooges like Limbaugh and Hannityand so many others like them. Its about Charles Grassleyand Sarah Palin. Its about the astonishing Betsy McCaughey, the misleader-in-chief from 1994 who still cant seem to get herself profiled in Colbert Kings weak-kneed newspaper.
When it comes to the establishment Washington Post, the fake McCoys cant get arrested.
Uh-oh! Charles Grassley is an accepted figure in Establishment Washington. Voters deserve to hear what hes done. But Colbert King wont say his name. To this day, he never has.
Kings imagined self-critique: At one point, King imagines a complaint against his column. He has the world upside-down:
KING: Okay, now let me have it: King, you're generalizing, making a big story out of small, isolated examples. People like Anderson, Broughton and Drake, and shooters Poplawski and Sodini, are kooks, representing no one but themselves. Most people who oppose Obama don't want him dead. They wish him and his family no physical harm." I won't argue with that.
What I will say, however, is that a lot of malicious words have been thrown around about Obama since his election: words that inflame and that inspire the kind of hatred spewed from those two Arizona and California pulpits.
Malicious words have been thrown around? Colbert King is shockedshocked!
King has his problem upside-down. In fact, he refuses to generalize, refuses to notice the big story herethe fact that this kind of malice has been aimed at all major Democrats in the past two decades.
But then, he himself purchased that malice last time. For that reason, it must disappear.