Daily Kos Week in Review: Juan, the Whipping Boy

This past week, Fox News political analyst Juan Williams was treated in a strikingly harsh and condescending manner. It happened not during Monday night's GOP presidential debate but rather two days later on Daily Kos, wherein a (black) blogger charged Williams with being a sellout and far, far worse.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

chaunceydevega: Williams is a human toilet bowl

...Williams is a paid pinata for white conservatives. I do not know if he was legitimately hurt and surprised by their reaction to him, or if his pain was not feigned, and rather sincere and real. In understanding the logic of Republican racism and naked appeals beyond the dog whistle, Williams was the stand-in, the object of abuse through which to actualize rage and hostility. Barack Obama was not available. Any black body would do. The cheering, snide glee of Newt Gingrich dressing down uppity "Juan," and the audience's cheering of a "boy" being put in his place, would be missed by only the most in denial observer.

Juan Williams is/was a repository for the fecal matter of white conservative bigotry, and a need to maintain superiority over negroes who dare not to step off of the sidewalk when white folks pass...Juan Williams smiles while cashing his checks at the prospect of his political coprophagia at the ass end of conservative politics. He revels in playing the role of the human centipede...

Kaili Joy Gray: Republicans 'honor' MLK with racism 
 
...[N]othing says "honoring the legacy of a civil rights hero" like [Mitt Romney] stumping around South Carolina to talk about how his policies will discriminate against brown people way more than the half-hearted policies of his opponents, Mr. Niggerhead and Mr. Food Stamps. Gives you chills, doesn't it?...

Yastreblyansky: For conservatives, money is God...

...It's been taken as a fundamental and unarguable principle for decades now that investment income...is in some way better than working income; that [it] creates jobs, while all we ever do with our working money is to throw it away maintaining our pathetic little worker lives--it really eats jobs. So rent is taxed at a lower rate than work...

That's why they call it Capitalism, sunshine--it's a religion. Pay no attention to all that talk about Jesus and the Ten Commandments and the Sacredness of Life. The real conservative religion is the worship of capital, as the burnt-offering smoke that feeds the Invisible Hand...

Punditus Maximus: ...and respect for women is frowned upon

By now, everyone's heard that Newtie's ex-wife is gonna finally spill that Newt wanted a formal "open marriage"...

This...will kill Newt for the same reason that Cain's affair killed him.

Conservatives are often accused of not understanding consent. I disagree. They understand it just fine; they're just opposed to it. As long as Cain was accused of violent sexual assault, he was supporting the Patriarchy, and the voters loved him. But as soon as he entered into a loving and relatively equal long-term relationship, that was the end of him...

Hunter: Some 'serious' GOP candidacies are bigger jokes than Colbert's

...Chuck Todd opines that satirist Stephen Colbert might have an agenda, and that that makes covering his campaign...a troubling move for political reporters. But Chuck Todd covers "candidates" with "agendas," often ridiculous "candidates" and "agendas," every day of his damn life. Why is it more troubling in this case? Because of the suspicion that Colbert is not serious? Who the flying hell decided Michele Bachmann was "serious"?...[H]ave you heard some of the crap that spews from Newt Gingrich's emblubbered maw?...Newt calls for overthrowing courts and the Constitution on a daily basis: I am not sure Colbert has ever in his comedic life proposed something that inane...

I am at this point not sure how someone would tell the satiric candidates apart from the sincere ones. If you asked me whether the Republican Party would be better off in the hands of Stephen Colbert, or Ron Paul, or Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich, or Mitt Romney, I hardly think Colbert's would be the first name you would cross off the list...

Tom Johnson
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