Did I miss something? Some Rubicon crossed, some tipping point? When did it become okay for mainstream* wingnuts to be straight-up, unapologetic racists?
It’s not that this sort of thing hasn’t been seen before — fr’example this — but for the most part, out-and-out racism, until very recently, has really not been a staple of more civilized rightblogger discourse**. It’s generally been left to obscure nutcases to be so uncouth as to compare the Obama administration to the Planet of the Apes.
Really? A coon? Is this where we’re at now? Because this sort of stuff isn’t coded speech, it’s not a dog whistle or faux-irony … it’s flat-out, no-apologies, bottom-of-the-barrel, peckerwood racism. Coming from a supposedly mainstream, ‘mugged-by-reality’ class of political commentator.
There’s nothing really funny about this to me … maybe I’ll have something better tomorrow.
*Some here may disagree, but my impression has been that American decorum of recent vintage suggests that while Stormfront commenters et. al. have been naked racists, your garden variety wingnutosphere regular at least pretends at a basic level of civility on matters of race.
**The caveat is the anti-Arab/Muslim racism which has been a stock-in-trade for some time on the Right.