An Effete Liberal's Worse Nightmare

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Heh:

If she didn't have a good chance you liberals would not keep running stories daily headlines about her not being qualified, nor would your supporters spend most of their time responding or commenting on how she doesn't have a chance.  Funny how an attractive, intelligent republican female scares you guys so much. Must be because she not the average female liberal, A mullet wearing, PETA supporting lesbian member of NOW. Poor libs cant sleep at night worring about her.  GO SARAH!!

And then this:

Just the sheer volume of responses confirm my suspicions, the liberals are scared to death of Sara Palin because she stands for freedom, honesty, decency and motherhood. Not afraid to speak her mind and not afraid to confront critics. Her message rings true to much of America, remember Obama did not win in a landslide. Quote polls all you want in your rants. Will she run for President? Are her qualifications less than a community organizer? If she runs, she will win.

This puts me in the mind of the early 90s when Negroes were running around parroting that Menace II Society line, I'm white America's worst nightmare: Young, black and just don't give a fuck. I was kid, but even then I used to think, No you're not. You're your momma's worse nightmare. You're your next-door neighbors worse nightmare. White people got expensive jails and cheap graves for niggers like you.

I mean, I guess some substantial portion of white people were afraid--but these fools were confusing white fear with some kind of actual black power. This was false for many reasons, among them, many people who weren't white were also afraid, and generally acted accordingly. Likewise, Palin's base confuses "liberal fear" with some kind of populist power, by ignoring the fact that a lot of people who want nothing to do with us pinkos, are afraid of Palin too.

People misunderstand fear. It doesn't always cause your foes to cower in a corner. Sometimes it causes them to beat the crap out of you with a bag of rusty nails.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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