In WashPost Interview, Donna Brazile Scoffs At a 'Post-Racial' Era With All the Anti-Obama 'Vitriol'

Democratic activist/adviser Donna Brazile, an ABC and CNN contributor, is one of those liberals who believes that somehow the level of vitriol against Barack Obama is historically high, as if they didn’t live through every “Smirking Chimp” slam and Hitler reference they unloaded on George W. Bush.

In a Washington Post Magazine profile for Sunday, Brazile was asked “Has Barack Obama’s presidency made it easier or harder for a black person to become president?” She suggested we haven’t become “post-racial,” which suggests the answer is not easier:

In the aftermath of President Obama’s election, I really thought it was time to write a book on reconciliation. That was 2009, a moment of euphoria. And I must tell you, I have been so disappointed. I mean, I understand the partisanship, because I’m political. But what I don’t understand and what I haven’t been able to wrap my head around is why all the vitriol? Simply because you want to destroy his presidency, you’re destroying the country?

So we have not turned that corner. We are not post-racial. And in many ways we don’t even know how to have a conversation about being post-racial. Until we get out of that old-school way of thinking about race and opportunity and the ability to transcend some of the past of this country, then we’re going to be stuck in the 20th-century conversation about race.

On the other hand, Brazile is no stranger to vitriol of a racial kind. Last year in a CNN commentary, she suggested Obama probes were "lynch parties," so Donna, "Why all the vitriol?"

Because two “scandals” — the IRS tax-exempt inquiries and the Department of Justice’s tapping of reporters’ phones — have become lynch parties. And the congressional investigation of Benghazi may become a scandal in itself.

The level of vitriol in our politics must be something we wildly disagree about. But somehow, when blacks launch racial attacks on whites, how have they moved toward post-racial reconciliation? To Brazile, it seems this prospect only came with complete obedience to everything Obama and his team wanted to accomplish. It may be too optimistic in the big picture to be "post-racial." But the Left's reflexive smearing of any opposition to Obama's liberal objectives and programs as race-based is not fair or unifying.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis