The politics of racial cynicism


Sen. Harry Reid, D-Dumbass, is lucky that President Barack Obama is a more gracious man than he. Back when Obama was a presidential hopeful, Reid, whose mouth has apparently not yet been connected to his brain, reportedly expressed his view that Obama could win the presidential election because he was “light-skinned” enough and had “no Negro accent, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid’s idiotic assertion was immortalized in the book Game Change, an account of the 2008 presidential election.

Reid has since rushed to apologize to the president, and Obama has accepted the apology, just as he did with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s unconscionable “You lie!” outburst. He’s clearly the better man.

But now right-wing pundits and Reid supporters are bickering over whether the comments were racist. Well, of course they were racist. Any fourth-grader could tell you that.

The real question is whether anyone in the Republican Party truly cares about the hurtful impact of Reid’s words. Perhaps this sudden interest in racism on the part of conservative gas bags is nothing more than a ploy to oust Reid and take Nevada for the GOP. Hard to say. But one thing is certain: Many of those gnashing their teeth over Reid’s bumbling idiocy are the same conservatives who have repeatedly rejected any notion of racism on other fronts involving the president, including Wilson’s verbal explosion.

If someone could figure out how to convert hypocrisy and cynicism into sources of energy, Washington, D.C., might be able to power the world.

Keep talking, Sarah

So failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has joined the other windbags on Fox News as a commentator.

Rather than having her own show, she’ll appear regularly — and will, no doubt, be paid a ridiculous amount of money for doing so.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin crowed to the media.

Yeah, we laughed, too. Fair?

Balanced? Only to neo-cons and religious conservatives.

But don’t rush to toss your TV.

Having Palin as a Fox regular could be a good thing. Yes, a good thing.

Remember the 2008 election? Every time Palin spoke in public without a script, she said the stupidest, most entertaining things.

Who can forget her assertion that Alaska’s proximity to Russia counts as foreign policy experience? Or her statement about small towns constituting the “real America”? Or her inability to name a single magazine when Katie Couric asked her which ones she read?

The more Palin talked, the harder it became for the Republican presidential ticket to win votes. Regular appearances on television virtually assure that she’ll never be able to run for office again.

Besides, every utterance from her lips is solid gold for Tina Fey and the cast at Saturday Night Live.

Keep talking, Sarah. We need a good laugh.

Reefer madness

Speaking of, we found some video on YouTube of Dr. Reefer, that Boulder dispensary owner who foiled a burglary in his building on Jan. 10, and it is rich.

This guy, Pierre Werner, sleeps in his dispensary to provide security. Now that’s dedication. In one video, he intensely and dramatically re-enacts how he opened up a can of whoopass on the burglars, proudly showing off the hole in the wall made by one suspect’s head. He mentions honing his hand-to-hand combat skills while he was in prison and shows how he used a piece of electrical pipe as a weapon.

It’s not the first time Werner has made the news. YouTube has a couple of news clips about him when he lived in Nevada, where a billboard advertising his services was taken down because it was too controversial.

Just a word of caution to you punks thinking about robbing a dispensary. A Dr. Reefer may be waiting for you on the other side of the door.