Maureen Dowd on Wilson, Obama, and race

“What I heard was an unspoken word in the air: ‘You lie, boy!’ “

The racial subtext of the Joe Wilson outburst didn’t escape Maureen Dowd:

What I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!

That’s one reason for the House leadership to push through a resolution of reprimand.  (Censure  now seems to be off the table).

I think it’s appropriate for the President to deprecate the idea of reprimanding Wilson, and for the House leadership to move forward with it anyway.  The President was injured; his acceptance of Wilson’s apology closes the matter as between the two men. But the House was also injured, and Wilson’s refusal to apologize for that injury makes it all the more important for the House to put its views on record.  I look forward to the rollcall vote, which will force Republicans either to identify with the Teabagger movement or disown it.

Update Some racially-themed posters from the 9/12 rally, just in case you were in any doubt:



h/t  Majikthise

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:

4 thoughts on “Maureen Dowd on Wilson, Obama, and race”

  1. I hope you don't really think that hearing unspoken words says anything about the person who didn't speak them. Might say volumes about the people who manage to hear them anyway, though.

  2. Oh, no, I have no reason to expect that a former Strom Thurmond staffer harbors any racial animus. Certainly not! Dowd and I are just imagining things.

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