When that fails, Obama's opposition will focus on race. In fact, they're already doing so. The tea party, you'll remember, has been slandered over and over again without racist. This week, the target is Eric Bolling, a host on Fox News Business, who covered President Obama's meeting with corrupt Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba. Recalling Obama's similar White House invite to rapper Common, Bolling remarked, "Guess who's coming to dinner? A dictator. It's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse." Then he hammered the language home: "What's with all the hoods in the hizzy?"
This sent the left into spasms of apoplexy. Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic called the incident "open and revolting racism at Fox." The George Soros-funded Media Matters called Bolling's comments "overt racism." A misguided linguistic choice? Definitely. "Overtly racist?" Come on.
The left had no similar problem with black commentator Alonzo Rachel, who did a video in May titled "Common in Da Hizzy Wizzy." Nor did they seem to care when George Clinton rapped about painting the White House black, along with Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Yo-Yo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, Shock G & Pupa Curly, or when Ludacris did the same. Apparently, hizzy and hizzouse are the new N-words: only black people can use them.
Or it's possible that this is the latest desperate ploy by the left to paint its opponents as racist. That would be merely the latest in a series of desperate ploys designed to direct attention away from President Obama's incompetence, at all costs. It is a strategy doomed to failure. Misdirection can only last for so long.