This and That, tired edition

Shelby Steel in the WSJ:

In the mainstream media there has been a willingness to forgive this president his mistakes, to see him as an innocent in an impossible world. Why?

There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans is that they must run against both the man and the myth.

Oh, and I anyone mention that he is black? As Steele says, it flatters us.

The point is that anyone who runs against Mr. Obama will be seen through the filter of this racial impressionism, in which white skin is redundant and dark skin is fresh and exceptional. This is the new cultural charisma that the president has introduced into American politics.

To not reelect Obama would be … racist. Of course.

How can the GOP combat the president’s cultural charisma? It will have to make vivid the yawning gulf between Obama the flattering icon and Obama the confused and often overwhelmed president. Applaud the exceptionalism he represents, but deny him the right to ride on it as a kind of affirmative action.

A president who is both Democratic and black effectively gives the infamous race card to the entire left: Attack our president and you are a racist. To thwart this, Republicans will have to break through the barrier of political correctness.

Any criticism of Obama is, of course, racist.

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) knows why President Barack Obama is having so many problems. The answer is racism.

“People don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin,” , the third-ranking House Democrat said Wednesday in response to a question about Obama’s reelection prospects, McClatchy reported.

Yes, of course. Racism.

He said Wednesday that Obama must be aware of the racist messages that come from some in the country. “When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body – do you think he didn’t see that?” Clyburn said.

You mean, like this?

Of course, Bush apparently 1) looked like a monkey and 2) was stupid, so comparing him to a chimpanzee was ok. You wingnutz see the diff, right?

*****

Anyone else read this and get the feeling its government-speak double-talk nonsense?

Over the past four months, government agencies and departments have combed through their rules, listened carefully to the public, and developed plans to identify what works and what doesn’t. The results of this review are in. Today, 30 agencies are laying out regulatory reforms that will save private-sector dollars and unlock economic growth by eliminating unjustified regulations, including what the president has called “absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money.”

Someone raise your hand if anyone knows about a single unjustified regulation that is being reviewed and eliminated that is going to save them money?

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