Monday, March 20, 2006

Erin Kaplan: Fighting with half of her brain tied behind her back

Charlie Sykes draws our attention to an LA Times op-ed suggesting that former Bush administration official Claude Allen committed petty theft because he was black and conservative. This, according to Erin Aubry Kaplan must be "a life sentence" akin to that of a slave working in the big house. He cracked under the pressure of being black and conservative; two things she thinks are mutually exclusive.

This is so stupid as to defy refutation. Yet I doubt Erin Aubry Kaplan is as clueless as this makes her sound. How can an otherwise intelligent person write something this dumb? I think the answer is found in this paragraph:

Allen, a lawyer, was also President Bush's top advisor on domestic policy in an era when domestic policy has been indifferent at best to the growing needs of the poor — the black poor especially. Bush is fond of this kind of symbolism: putting black faces in key positions in order to appear racially progressive. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if the faces actually were progressive or had a vision more pressing than being loyal to the president, but they don't.

Therein lies her problem. She can't even imagine a conservative approach to the issues she cares about. She can't, in fact, even be bothered to find out what we have to say because we are obviously racist and reactionary.

She's not atypical of the left. And while, on one level, it makes me angry, on another, I know this is one of the reasons they keep losing at the polls. You can't respond to what you refuse to understand.

Keep it up, Erin.

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