Sunday, April 19, 2015

Leonard Pitts exposes hypocrisy of irrelevant Presidential characteristics: woman-ness and black-ness

The stimulus was a speech by NRA gunny-in-chief Wayne LaPierre:

... National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre traded his dog whistle for an air horn at a recent gathering of the gun faithful in Washington, D.C. "I have to tell you," he said, "eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough."

Pitts responds:

Evidently, LaPierre wants America to get back to normal, "normal" being defined as when the president is white and male.

So out come the air horns, blatting Woman! Woman! Woman! seeking to reduce a former senator and secretary of state to the sum of her chromosomes. Now the race is apparently on to see who will be first to tag the former law professor, senator and secretary of state with which crude, sexist epithet. Oh, the suspense.

The blazing irony is that conservatives have at least two "demographically symbolic" candidates vying for their favor: Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American senator from Florida and Ted Cruz (does no one else see Joe McCarthy staring back when they look at this guy?), a senator from Texas whose father was born in Cuba.

So the "normal" LaPierre seeks is threatened, regardless.

Here’s the thing about "demographically symbolic" presidents and candidates: They tend to function like Rorschach inkblots. Meaning that what we see in them reveals more about us than them.

It would be nice if Pitts has put an end to this nonsense, but ... probably not.

... Strap in. It’s going to be a very long 19 months until the 2016 election.

Read the complete column at tucson.com.

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