Naturally the racist framing of the past month was drawn and squared by Rush Limbaugh who charged that the President had only his race to offer as the reason for his political success. Limbaugh forgets how much the Obama factor was empowered by a widespread social yearning to get out of the frame that Limbaugh, Fox News, and Bush had locked us into. Perhaps Obama's Black heritage lent some credibility to the hope that he could lead us out of that cave instead of right back into its depths.
Williams is guilty of what up North people call "stupid" racism, because right up until he put on his blackface the Tea Party had been playing its racism "smart". Of course, nobody should be taken in by the Tea Party's rehab. Their economic model is practically racist as was the Reaganomics upon which it is built.
Whether or how much progressives can afford to waste on another round of Congressional balloteering is a dandy question.But it would be too cynical to bet the movement on the iron weight of the system's internal contradictions crashing. Yes, that crash is upon us. And as it continues to thunder down, the NAACP could stake ground for that other tent city, the one where those of us who have never trusted the Tea Party can gather for some badly needed refreshment.
Now is the time for the NAACP to step into the opportunity that it created and offer some workable disaster relief plan that even the President can't evade.It's been at least a decade since we've seen any common vision with half a chance of winning anything but a ballot count on election day. And of course odds could be better this time around.