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May 14, 2007

Sullivan Hypocrisy Watch

I really ought to sue Mickey Kaus for intellectual property threat. Sullivan is my bitch, not his.

I'll just link this so I can find it later when I'm drawing up the legal complaint. Second item: Wusses. When others use it, it's homophobic; but then two months later, Sullivan is calling people wusses when they disagree with him.

Kaus' first item is much more important -- George Stephanopolous apparently questioned Barack Obama fairly closely about affirmative action (which doesn't invalidate my theory that the liberal media refrain from asking probing questions about wedge issues that hurt Democrats -- it jut adds nuance.)

Obama apparently expressed some degree of support for the idea that affirmative action ought to be based on demonstrable poverty (that is, a class-based, not race-based, model). Kaus calls it a "Sister Souljah moment."

I call it silliness. Obama never says much of anything, except that once he's president, whatever his policies may be (and he's not detailing them), the healing will begin. He thinks he's running for the office of Paladin of the United States.

So this tepid vague support of a common-sense idea is keeping with that. Sure, he supports that. Maybe sorta. Just like he supports almost everything -- maybe sorta. He maybe sorta supports the majority white position on this issue, and he maybe sorta supports the majority black position on this issue. Not too black, not too white. He's a Goldilocks of race (but not too gold, either, buddy!).

He maybe sorta supports pretty much everything, because that's what it takes to heal this country's racial wounds -- maybe sorta treatments, performed by Barack Obama, doctor of holistic maybe sorta medicine.

It maybe sorta helps Obama to have no clearly defined polcies, too. So that the maximum number of people can believe, if they choose, that Obama maybe sorta shares their politics.

Thanks to Blacksheep.

More: The quotes and some analysis at the Corner.

Obama is of course speaking in a maybe-one-day-I-hope sorta way when he talks about moving from race to class based affirmative action. He's talking about some vague future he hopes we'll get to.

It means absolutely nothing. It's not a repudiation of current race-based affirmative action, God knows, or even a specific plan to phase it out over, say, fifteen years. It's just a minor pander to white independent voters in the interests of "healing."

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