I’m sitting here watching Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity discuss the intonations of African-American speech patterns and decry Barack Obama’s invocations of race hatred, presumably because I have some yearning to watch performance art. I don’t know. I also wonder, what happened to Tucker Carlson?
In any case, here’s the big picture I see here.
You don’t imagine you’ve got a big shocker story like this unless you really think you’ve got something big. And that tells me that there’s a big chunk of rightwing America living in a cocoon in which black people even talking about racism or race at all is ipso facto shocking.
I think Americans know Barack Obama is black.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.