Over to you, Glenn Beck. I hear Rush was saying that too. Look: there are real arguments about the morality of affirmative action. I oppose it. I view it as an unwitting perpetuation of racial thinking that, in the end, does more harm than good. But I don't believe its proponents are conscious racists, intending to discriminate against whites because they're bigots. And this nuance is exactly what talk radio has erased. What was once a rhetorical flourish, a way of making a point more graphically, has become a baseline argument for the right. It makes conservatives sound more bigoted than the "bigots" they're denouncing. It's a problem - and Obama is shrewd and moderate enough to exploit it. He is doing to the GOP collectively what he did to Clinton and McCain and Cheney: he is aiding and abetting their self-destruction.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.