There were a couple of instances racism on the blogosphere recently that made folks on the left look just as bad as the bigots they consider themselves better than.
I’m not a fan of Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky (who, by the way, is a better senator than Rand Paul, the junior Tea Bagger from the state, will ever be, which isn’t saying much for the state I live in).
But an idiot volunteer at Progress Kentucky, an anti-McConnell super PAC, thought he or she was being clever by questioning whether Kentucky jobs were going to China because McConnell’s wife is Chinese.
This is wrong. Jobs move to China because corporations don’t want to pay American wages. Elaine Chao was Labor secretary for President George Bush (the dumber). Maybe her job was to break unions during the Bush administration, which is what Republican presidencies live for, but her job wasn’t to send anyone’s job to China. So the tweet is stupid.
More important, especially in Kentucky, it is playing on racial antagonism. Given that McConnell is always vulnerable when he’s running for re-election, the fact that a supposedly liberal group is making him look sympathetic by attacking his wife for her race is a politically tactical error, but most important, it is flat-out wrong.
Look, if you want to take a cheap shot at McConnell, this is all you have to do:
I mean, really, was that so hard?
Meanwhile, over at Wonkette, there’s a post about a tweet involving Michelle Malkin and ping pong balls that is pure racism, where:
the author hoped to insulate himself from charges of racism by saying it was humor and pinning it on Yr Wonkette, as a “classic Wonkette reference!”
So, Wonkette says:
So we got to apologize. Personally. To Michelle Fucking Malkin. WHICH IS NOT OUR FAVORITE THING EVER IN THE WORLD TO HAVE TO DO.
So. Let us take off our caps lock and have a discussion in a normal, not-at-all-screaming-at-you voice, about why this is not funny and is not cute and is not welcome at Yr Wonkette.
If you can’t figure out why it’s not funny and not cute, that’s your racism coming through, so go here to find out why.
It’s very simple people. If you’re going to go after conservatives, go after them on the merits. They give you so much material to work with. Don’t be racist pricks.
And don’t EVER make me have to defend people like Malkin and McConnell again.