So what do you do when the GOP elects or nominates a black or Hispanic (as they've done constantly)? You rip them personally, mercilessly. Ask Justice Thomas.
This is why everyone should have expected something absurd from the media when Sen. Marco Rubio was picked to give the response to President Obama's State of the Union address. But this year perhaps they went too far. They made utter, complete fools -- of themselves.
Few happenings in politics have been more overhyped than Sen. Marco Rubio taking a swig of water in mid-response, and few reporters have looked more ridiculous on that trivial subject than CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "So can a drink of water make or break a political career? U.S. senator, possible presidential candidate. We're going to find out whether he likes it or not."
On screen were the words "CAREER ENDER?" The befuddled masses at CNN tried to claim they were joking, but you never send personality-challenged Wolf Blitzer on a comedy mission.
NBC anchor Brian Williams, who simply will not stop fainting at the sight of Obama, piled on, hyping, "the televised moment from last night that just might live on forever." Forever? Who's betting they'll be discussing The Swig in 2112? Williams insincerely called it "one of the cruelest aspects of politics in the television age," that any cruel journalist would dwell on this kind of fluff. "That will certainly be the case" with Rubio, Williams promised. If it is up to Williams, sure.
At least Chris Matthews focused on the substance, which is no compliment since he'd been wiser to comment on water. "It was Tinkertoys. It was a kid's presentation of a philosophy, reduced to maybe the ninth grade level." This is the same Matthews that muttered "Oh God" into his microphone before Gov. Jindal began in 2009, so he's not exactly open-minded. Rachel Maddow said it was "claws out."
Now imagine someone saying that to Matthews after Obama's 2004 convention speech. Obama's speech was unoriginal "Tinkertoys" from a ninth-grader, or came from a speaker with "claws out." He would have denounced this rhetoric as incredibly racist, if not mentally unbalanced.
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