Jonathan Chait on “The Real Reason ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Works“:
Mitt Romney’s plan of blatantly lying about President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech is clearly drawing blood. But what makes the attack work so well is not so much the lie itself but the broader subtext of it.
The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent. From the moment he stepped onto the national stage, Obama’s deepest political fear was being seen as a “traditional” black politician, one who was demanding redistribution from white America on behalf of his fellow African-Americans.
So the real reason America was completely turned off by Obama’s attack on business is… because America is racist.
Anyone who finds fault with The One is racist. That’s become the de facto definition of the term.
And there are idiots like Chait not only buying into that foolishness but peddling it.
This is what liberalism has become.
Originally published at Brutally Honest.