Normally I skip George Will's reparte. His brand of opinion writing includes too many sighs and proclamations to suit my taste. And let's face it, he was once deluded enough to call Rick Santorum fun. So I think we can agree that Will tends to get carried away with things. But in today's Washington Post opinion piece, he crosses the line when he suggests that the only reason why President Obama is ahead in the race is because he is black.
Yes folks, George Will turns a blind eye to the President's many accomplishments, slings lots of Solyndra mud, glosses over the fact that the Republican challenger is a flip-flopping, middle-class hating, Mormon (I have no problem with them, but many many others do), and goes straight to the President's hue. Apparently, the all-powerful MSNBC crew has guilted us into keeping this President for another four years, lest we are labeled "racist". Who knew MSNBC had such power?
His piece reeks of panic of the kind found on elementary school recess fields. The sort of blather that comes from the small, cornered child who'll do and say anything about anyone nearby, so the bully will leave him alone. It's understandable from a ten year old; it's laughable from a mature adult; and insulting from a political party pundit.
If he would look around for a second, Will would realize that most of us knew President Obama was black four years ago, and we're over it. Secondly, the 2010 election proved that many many Republicans slid into their respective Congressional posts on the slime that came off of hating this President. He blackness didn't protect him then. And thirdly, the real reason why I'm writing this, is that George Will takes the cheap and easy way out; discounts his own very vocal, very public criticisms of Mitt Romney and the Republican Party. Those pieces received so much press for being balanced and well thought out that even I couldn't avoid them.
Look - I didn't expect George Will to change his political affiliation. But, on the eve of the first Presidential debate, I did expect more than this deplorable, race-bating nonsense.