Glenn Reynolds and Steve Den Beste are both commenting on the press’ and Obama, Den Bestie whose long essay’s I’ve missed says the forbidden word

What I found particularly interesting about Murphy’s article was the word that wasn’t there. It’s the word that no one wants to say. But I don’t give a damn, and I’ll say (or write) it:


He elaborates:

And so, when in 2007 it became clear that Obama had a genuine shot at becoming president, no left wing reporter or news outlet (which is to say, pretty much all of them) wanted to become known as the one who shot Obama down and ruined his chances for election.

Obama got a free ride from the press because he is black. That’s what no one wants to admit. He is the ultimate example of affirmative action.

I think it’s actually more than that, it wasn’t just a question of affirmative action it was a question of the press living their “dream” of making a difference.

Yesterday in Lexington Andrew Breitbart talked about how once the press were a lower middle class group that hung in a neighborhood bar, now they are upper class who graduate from elite universities and believe themselves smarter.

Because of their “education” in the wrongness of America many of them entered journalism to “make a difference” and Barack Obama was the ultimate expression of this.

This was the moment that by their actions the press would change America, it would fundamental transform the way the country dealt with race, this would be the Jackie Robinson moment not for Major League Baseball but for the whole country.

The Robinson image and moment is venerated in the press, and the media wanted to play the part of Branch Rickey, but unlike Rickey they didn’t practice due diligence.

Rickey took his time to find the right player, the person not only with the baseball skills necessary but with the temperament and heart to succeed.

The mainstream media not being Branch Rickey instead acted with their heart and instead of finding a candidate with the qualifications and the temperament, instead found a candidate it could sell to the public.

I’ve suggested in the past that Obama is Pumpsie Green and but was sold to us as Jackie Robinson, but on reflection I think it goes deeper than that.

I think the press had Pumpsie Green in front of them but saw Jackie Robinson. They deceived themselves and moreover wanted to be deceived. As far was the press was concerned their desire for the political equivalent of Jackie Robinson blinded them to the point where any semi-qualified black candidate became Jackie

So naturally when some of us on the right objected to a person who was totally unqualified for office the press went wild, because it directly challenged their illusion and cried racism when it was just the opposite.

We on the right saw not a black man, but an unqualified inexperienced Chicago pol who just happened to be black. The press meanwhile saw not an individual but a symbol, it didn’t actually matter who he was, it mattered that he was. Or to put it bluntly, they couldn’t tell Jackie Robinson from Pumpsie Green because “they all looked alike to them.”

If Branch Rickey had done this in 47 the majors might still not be integrated.

Now the blinders are off, the press sees a .230 hitter with a little range that is there instead of an all-star with one of the best baseball minds in the game and an incredible desire to win.

The question now is, when do they bench him or do they wait till they are eliminated because of their emotional investment?

As I’ve said that will be the story of 2012.

Update: Should have linked to the base story here.

J. D. Cahill: (To his son approaching the “dead” Frasier) Hold it! (Draws pistol and shoots twice near Frasier’s head)

Frasier: (Jumping up) You’d even shoot a dead man!

J. D. Cahill: No and I ain’t gonna let him shoot me either.

Cahill U.S. Marshall 1973

Yesterday I touched on the idea that parents should be less interested in being friends and more interested in being parents. Today I have a basic lesson on how it’s done.

My son missed his bus yesterday and I ended up driving him to school, dropping him off at the front door.

Around 10 a.m. I got a call from the school saying he was on the “Absent” list. I expressed surprise saying I dropped him off right at the front door albeit late. The vice principal explained that there is a new system whereby students have to report to the “tardy table” if they are even slightly late so if he went straight to class he would still be on the list.

Now most people would have left it at that, but I asked the VP a favor: Would he could check which class my son was supposed to be in and make sure that he was there? Not that I suspected he wouldn’t be but it would take just a few minutes to confirm it. Sure enough a I got a call back, he was where he belonged.

My son is a good kid and to my knowledge hasn’t bagged school in the past, but thanks to that visit and callback if one of his friends wants to talk him into it; he knows in the back of his mind that I’m watching.

If you are the type of parent who might feel guilty about seeming “distrusting” their kid that way or worried about the reaction later, then you need to toughen up, fast.

A bunch of things I haven’t gotten too that I hope to later

Item: Shhh nobody tell Jon Huntsman

But there is at least one Nobel winner that doesn’t go for the Global Warming nonsense:

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, Sept. 13, from the premier physics society in disgust over its officially stated policy that “global warming is occurring.”

The official position of the American Physical Society (APS) supports the theory that man’s actions have inexorably led to the warming of the planet, through increased emissions of carbon dioxide.

Giaever does not agree — and put it bluntly and succinctly in the subject line of his email, reprinted at Climate Depot, a website devoted to debunking the theory of man-made climate change.

Is “Nobel winner” a good enough scientific qualifier for you?

Item: Marines, ve don’t need no stinking Marines

The White House does a sudden about face:

White House Denies GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Request To Attend Fellow Marine Combat Vet’s Medal of Honor Ceremony…

And then promptly backtracks (after initially saying “the room is full”) when a reporter called to inquire about the snub.

Light is the best disinfectant when it comes to these jokers.

Item: One more NH rep spoken for

Chalk one up for Herman Cain

In today’s Concord Monitor, Republican State Representative Steven Smith of Charlestown, NH has endorsed Herman Cain with this editorial:

“Presidential candidate Herman Cain is uniquely qualified to approach the federal government as the morass that it is and work diligently on fixing it.

With so many candidates out there every one you can get in the bank helps.

Item: Fear and Free speech in Norway

Nothing like fear to get someone to bend the free speech norms:

On September 14, under pressure for having sent Westergaard out of the country, the PST passed the buck: Hugubakken said it was the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) that had made the decision to cancel Westergaard’s appearance and send him back to Denmark. However, in an interview (also posted on September 14) with the editors of Sappho, the website of the Danish Free Press Society, Westergaard seemed to confirm that the decision had indeed been made by the PST.

But that’s not all, folks. As it happened, on September 12 — the day Westergaard returned to Denmark from Oslo — a devout young Muslim activist named Mohyeldeen Mohammad arrived in Oslo from Saudi Arabia. This was the same fellow who, in February of last year, gave a speech at a huge Oslo rally protesting a cartoon of the prophet Muhammed (not Westergaard’s) that had appeared in Dagbladet. “When will Norwegian authorities and their media understand the seriousness of this?” Mohyeldeen Mohammed had thundered before a highly receptive audience of around 3000 Muslims in Oslo’s University Square. “Perhaps not before it is too late. Perhaps not before we get a September 11 on Norwegian soil.” He added, unpersuasively: “This is no threat, this is a warning.”

Norway has had a bad year and this kind of thing makes it worse.