The least surprising reactions in the world pile up

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, October 19, 2008 19:31 EDT
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Michelle Malkin put up that picture to discredit Colin Powell.

Her caption is “Gravitas”.

Perhaps she would feel he’s more dignified if he issued his endorsement while dressed as a cheerleader.

I have yet to see a conservative grappling with this that avoids the temptation to race bait. Malkin comes the closest—she scolds the race-baiters in her thread. But then panders on affirmative action, as if there’s no such thing as an old guard white Republican who supports affirmative action. (There’s plenty.) And needless to say, the whole point of putting up the picture is race-baiting. Because, if your only motivation is making Powell look ridiculous, then you’re much better off with a picture of him singing “YMCA” in Indonesia.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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