Maureen Dowd is making sense
I have to admit, MoDo brought her A-game for her column on Rep. Joe Wilson. Dowd found the courage to state explicitly what so many of us have been thinking:
The normally nonchalant Barack Obama looked nonplussed, as Nancy Pelosi glowered behind.
Surrounded by middle-aged white guys — a sepia snapshot of the days when such pols ran Washington like their own men’s club — Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” at a president who didn’t.
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy! [NYT]
Read the whole thing.
It's one thing when liberal bloggers say that Joe Wilson has issues with a black man being president, it's quite another to see it spelled out on the New York Times op/ed page.
Whenever some egregious incident makes headlines, we're told this is an opportunity for a national dialogue on race that never happens. Finally, Wilson managed to shock the established media into broaching the subject.
(Update) Just to clarify, I'm not crediting Dowd with any special insight. She is mainstreaming an idea that's pretty taboo inside the beltway. There's a deep, deep reticence for anyone in the political or media elite to call a fellow Villager racist. Pat Buchanan recently wrote a column defending Hitler and blaming the allies for pushing him to start up the death camps. Hitler. Yet Uncle Pat's plodding along the talk show circuit like nothing every happened.
Dowd's going to take some heat for this. It's no big sacrifice for someone in her position, but she did go out on a limb, relatively speaking.