TNC confesses:

There are times, in this business, when I am incredibly aware that I'm the black dude in the room. One of those moments is whenever I hearĀ  conservative writers announcing that Sarah Palin has been persecuted, or that one of her virtues is that she annoys liberals. You see that sort of thing and it occurs to you that Palin attachment, has little to do with Palin, and a lot to do with intellectual insecurity.

I feel like I've stepped into someone else's fight, like I'm watching people who couldn't win the respect of their Harvard professors, or couldn't cut it on the Yale debate team, exact a quixotic revenge. It's in all the rhetoric--Palin represents "real America." Obama represents effete, Merlot-sipping braniac "elites."

They are as insecure as she is. For good reason.

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