I'm not sure what Jeffrey Goldberg is getting at here, in which he tackles the Avigdor Lieberman appointment.It's a disaster because he's made himself into a racist.I can't tell if Mr. Goldberg is suggesting that Lieberman isn't a racist, but has carelessly allowed the perception he is a racist to stick -- or, that Lieberman does, in fact, harbor racist thoughts, but can resist ("unmake") them if he so chooses.
I don't believe either to be true; Lieberman doesn't seem to be putting on an act. Either way, perhaps Mr. Goldberg would approve of some judicious sentence-tightening?
It's a disaster because he's
made himself intoa racist.
I think I was trying to suggest that, IMHO, Lieberman is an opportunist who played the race card rather ostentatiously. Of course, Instaputz is right: Racism is racism.