Did Obama throw grandma under the bus? Not so much.

Glenn Loury, a Clinton supporter, is also a good listener.

Even in the face of my overwhelming logic, Glenn Loury remains a Clinton supporter. Still, Glenn’s intellectual integrity trumps his partisanship every time, and having listened to Obama’s speech Loury is massively unpersuaded by the claim that Obama dissed his grandmother &#8212 a very damaging claim being enthusiastically pushed by the wingnuts and the more extreme Obama-haters among the Hillaryites.

They completely misunderstand what he’s doing … [Obama is saying] that intimacy can triumph over ignorance, over racism, over racial resentment, over anger, over fear, and over stereotypes: you don’t break off with the people whom you love and who love you, because that bond of connection, that intimacy, that human contact, is the basis from which stuff can be transcended.

If you think the nation really needs a “new conversation over race,” there might be much worse starting-points than the subtle, nuanced, impassioned dialogue between Loury and John McWhorter

Update Steve Crickmore at Wizbang Blue reads the situation the same way I do. Barack Obama will get virtually all of the black vote, and the votes of all the whites, Lationos, Asians, and Native Americans literate enough and emotionally mature enough to read and understand his speech. Now we just have to wait and find out whether that comes to a majority. I’m hopeful, but not confident.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com