"The pundits were clearly stunned."
"The pundits were clearly stunned. They knew they had witnessed something extraordinary, a moment when time seemed to stand still and a politician in the midst of a withering electoral storm did the unspeakable: he spoke the truth. The unspoken, unspeakable truth."
"Has any other major American politician ever made a speech on race that comes even close to this one? As far as I'm concerned, it is just plain flat out brilliant—rhetorically, but also in capturing a lot of nuance about race in America. It is so far above the standard we're used to from our pols..."
"Senator Obama delivered a historic oration at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia which has earned many well deserved accolades for rare qualities of leadership and candor which we have not seen in decades. It is fitting that this address was delivered in the City of Brotherly Love."
These are a just a few of the glowing revues that appeared all over our enraptured mainstream media in response to Senator Obama's now-famous Philadelphia damage control speech. We are to be convinced that this was one of the greatest speeches on race this country has ever heard. An historic, bold, and remarkable testament to human dignity and courage.
Are you sure we're all talking about the same speech here? This certainly wasn't the speech that I heard.
You can't really be serious, you just can't be. You just can't be that gullible and that blind. Are you and all those other supposedly professional political writers all somehow magically mesmerized by this twenty-first century Rasputin? I fear that something other than politics as usual is at play here-- something more mysterious, something more like mass hysteria, something more akin to those 1940's bobbysoxers swooning over that skinny young Frank Sinatra (actually, there's even a little similarity between our charismatic young Obama and our charismatic young crooner, something in the structure of their faces and in the way that they move).
But here we have supposedly politically-savvy grown men and women, not mindless hysterical teenyboppers, swooning over a speech, a desperate speech whose only reason for being is a frantic attempt to cover-up a terrible scandal -- no, much worse than a terrible scandal -- a grave national disgrace and a blatant betrayal of trust. A national disgrace because we have discovered that a viable presidential candidate and his wife have openly embraced some of the most inflammatory hate-filled racist rhetoric we've heard in this country since the days of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. And betrayed because we have traditionally and unquestionable assumed that our presidential candidates and their prospective First Ladies, regardless of their particular political persuasions, would at the very least love America. And, conversely, at the very least, that the would certainly not hate America. And we have been proven wrong on both counts.
Yet, incredibly, still they swoon and fawn all over him and beg him for his autograph. He is, they rush to tell us breathlessly, the answer to all our problems. Elect Obama and the world will love us once again.
What we heard in Philadelphia was a slippery exercise in obfuscations and adroit evasions couched in obvious populist rhetoric. A desperate and transparent attempt to deflect the shocking facts that have fortunately emerged and have unquestionably betrayed their true cynical feelings about America, and their true cynical feelings about the White race and about the Jews. Quite simply, they hate this country, they hate what it stands for and they hate its history. They hate White people and they hate Jews. They admire our deadliest enemies, and they support their loathsome causes. And this, my friends, is a viable twenty-first century American presidential candidate.
I cannot believe this self-destructive delusional world that I am living in. I cannot believe this headlong race to national suicide that I am witnessing here around us today.
Once again -- Please God help us. God help us to see the light before it is extinguished forever.