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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


the muslim smear was so last month

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, February 20, 2008 permalink View blog reactions
now they're calling Obama a commie jew bastard. Or more specifically, a "half black/half Jewish, red diaper baby"

and yet, all of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics. No, not the young Republicans. Usually the Communist Youth League. Or maybe a different arm of the CPUSA. But, for a white woman to marry a black man in 1958, or 60, there was almost inevitably a connection to explicit Communist politics. (During the Clinton Administration we were all introduced to then U. of Pennsylvania Professor Lani Guinier -- also a half black/half Jewish, red diaper baby.)

Freeperland? nutpicking from the fevered swamps of RedState? Nope. The Corner at National Review Online, flagship publication of conservatism in America.

glad to see the level of political discourse rise to a higher plane of muck its better than the lower plane of muck, anyway.

They've even got the pseudo-McCarthyism angle ready:

Time for some investigative journalism about the Obama family's background, now that his chances of being president have increased so much.

Oh, but Michelle Obama said something vacuous, so it's all fair game.

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