Political Finger-pointing

Jesse Jackson is right.

In response to the face-off in Arizona between President Obama and Arizona governor Jan Brewer last week, Jackson said, “Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King’s face.” And it’s true; he didn’t. Similarly, not even Josef Stalin wrote two autobiographies the way Obama has. And even Genghis Khan didn’t have a Swiss bank account the way Mitt Romney did.

Of course, Jackson’s non sequitur is a single note in the cacophony of asininity surrounding the wildly overhyped confrontation between Obama and Brewer. An MSNBC host (and putative expert in matters racial) said the photo reminded her more than anything else of the iconic image of Elizabeth Eckford, the 15-year-old black girl who was harassed in 1957 by racists on her way to a desegregated school in Little Rock, Ark. And liberal talk-radio host Stephanie Miller concurred that Brewer was “playing the fragile-white-woman-scared-of-black-man card.” Al Sharpton, Bill Maher, and Maureen Dowd sounded similar refrains.

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