GOODNESS, IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHERE TO START when it comes to exposing the extent of nationally-syndicated op-ed columnist Eugene Robinson's venomous hatred toward white conservatives. The problem isn't so much in distilling and defining Robinson's hatred per se, the conundrum stems from the sheer amount of hatred to be delineated.
But let's give it good whack, shall we?
October 15, 2010:
Okay, I want to make sure I understand. Two years ago, with the nation facing a host of complex and difficult problems, voters put a bunch of thoughtful, well-educated people in charge of the government. Now many of those same voters, unhappy and impatient, have decided that things will get better if some crazy, ignorant people are running the show? Seriously?
For any white conservatives keeping score at home, that's right, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "journalist" labeled you -- or anyone for that matter -- pondering voting other than for his beloved radical leftist candidates this November, crazy and ignorant. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow would be proud. It's no wonder Robinson is a frequent guest contributor on both hosts' prime-time programs where he's regularly watched by tens and tens of viewers.
But wait. When it comes to insulting white conservatives, Robinson is just getting warmed up.
September 3, 2010:
In the punditry business, it's considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it's impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.It's also impossible to ignore Robinson's contempt for those who disagree with his hardened leftist viewpoint. But Robinson doesn't just view white conservatives as knuckle-dragging neanderthals. That would be far too simple for an ideologue with such a complex intellect. Through his magical "race goggles", Robinson also sees all white conservatives -- especially those who attend Tea Party rallies -- as frothing racists.
July 18, 2010:
No one can deny that some fraction of the Tea Party's considerable energy is generated by racism... Ugly, racially charged rhetoric has been part of the movement's stock in trade all along.And then again on July 22, 2010:
There's no longer any need to mince words. A cynical right-wing propaganda machine is peddling poisonous fiction that when African Americans or other minorities reach positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge against whites... This is really about tearing Barack Obama down... The [Shirley] Sherrod case has fully exposed the right-wing campaign to use racial fear to destroy Obama's presidency...
But Robinson does show his magnanimous side when condescendingly lecturing white conservatives on why they are so racist by illuminating, in the race hustler's own words, what should be as obvious as the pointed, white noses on their faces.
October 8, 2010:
I'm firmly convinced that the progressive agenda championed by the Democrats is much better for African Americans, and for the nation as a whole, than the conservative agenda favored by Republicans... What I am saying is that Republicans have made no serious effort to appeal to black voters. Such an initiative would begin with an acknowledgement (sic) of the specific problems that African Americans face -- including the legacy of centuries of oppression and discrimination -- and a proffer of policies to address those problems.Robinson, however, feels no compunction to constrain his hate-filled diatribes toward white conservatives as it pertains to his perceived ill-treatment of all blacks, his magic "race goggles" see conservative white racism towards Muslims, too.
August 24, 2010:
When did the loudmouths of the American right become such a bunch of fraidy-cats and professional victims? The hysteria over plans for an innocuous Muslim community center in Lower Manhatten... is wildly out of proportion. It would be laughable if it didn't threaten to do great harm to the global campaign against Islamic terrorism. The whole 'controversy' is ridiculous. Yet conservatives who should know better are doing their best to exploit widespread ignorance about Islam by transforming it into fear and anger. All the Islamophobic rhetoric tends to reinforce the jihadists' main argument, which is that the United States and the West seek to destroy the faith held dear by more than 1 billion souls.So, let me see if I've got this straight. According to Robinson, it's the ignorant loudmouthed white conservative right fraidy-cat professional victim's hysterical Islamophobia over an innocuous Muslim community center -- that has been wildly blown out of proportion -- that threatens to undo the global campaign against Islamic terrorists by reinforcing the jihadists' main argument that the United States threatens to destroy the faith held dear by a billion peaceful Muslim souls.
Reading one of Robinson's rants reminds me of a famous Jim Carrey line from Liar, Liar when Carrey hilariously insults his boss. Fittingly, the quote also describes Robinson to a tee:
He's a pedantic pontificating pretentious bastard, a belligerent old fart, a worthless steaming pile of cow dung -- figuratively speaking.To Robinson's discredit, when it comes to dishing out insults to white conservatives, he knows how to get downright personal -- and misogynistic, too.
September 14, 2010 on Newt Gingrich:
Is Newt Gingrich just pretending to have lost his mind, or has he actually gone around the bend? And then Gingrich's rhetorical insanity reached a new high... But this was just the latest offering from Gingrich that vaulted the barrier between provocative and crazy... His lunacy certainly seems genuine enough.August 27, 2010 on Glenn Beck:
But the rest of us have every right to call [Beck's 8/28 Restoring Honor rally] what it is: an exercise in self-aggrandizement on a Napoleonic scale. I half-expect Beck to appear before the crowd in a bicorn hat, with one hand tucked into the front of his jacket... [the rally] is obviously intended to be a provocation [towards blacks]... [Beck is a] puffed-up blabbermouth... a legend in his own mind.September 17, 2010 on Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin:
[Christine] O'Donnell is telegenic with a sparkle that her Democratice opponent, Chris Coons, will be hard-pressed to match. She has mastered what should be called the Sarah Palin Affect -- the perkiness, the folksiness, the religiosity, the occasional flash of bared fangs -- and she performs it well.But Robinson doesn't always just spew white conservative hatred, he is capable of scribing gentler, kinder and more laudatory words to define his Hero-In-Chief, Barack Obama:
August 27, 2010 titled OBAMA'S WINNING STREAK:
Today I'd like to give credit where it's due -- specifically to President Obama. Quiet as it's kept, he's on a genuine winning streak.Really? Apparently, in Robinson's parallel universe, no one tallies jobless numbers, federal deficit numbers (granted, it takes a huge calculator for that one), mortgage foreclosures, war casualties, fleeing administration rats, horribly negative poll numbers, nor quaking Democratic mid-term candidates.
But we have to go all the way back to this past February to find a column that reveals that Robinson is clearly a better white conservative-hating pontificator than he is a prognosticator when it comes to predicting the success of Obama's signature Progressive policy, Obamacare:
Now that President Barack Obama has finally put a health care proposal on the table, the Democratic leaders in Congress have only one rational course of action; pass the thing quickly, or risk their party becoming the loyal minority... This gives [Democratic] incumbents a much better story to tell when they face the voters this fall... The hour is late. The time is now. Just do it.To which, I'm sure, Robinson would like to say "Oops, my bad" if he could, but never would.
Sad to say, by his own doing -- or perhaps undoing -- Robinson has become a caricature of himself. One would expect a decorated journalist such as he to be able to stay above the partisan, racial and misogynistic fray when formulating his columns and present a more even-handed analysis of current political events. But, alas, Robinson has allowed himself to sink into the murkiest of mires in sliming his perceived opponents, namely white conseratives.
Besides being an abuse of his position in today's punditocracy, Robinson's cheap-shot discourse relegates him to the smoldering trash heap of petty pontificators who peddle partisan prattle.