Responding to an anti-Obama comment which referred to the President as “it,” instead of as “him,” Andrew Sullivan makes the following remark:
All of which is par for the course, except for that last pronoun. It? Obama is a thing or an animal? Sometimes, the underlying feeling just slips out, doesn’t it? I really don’t want to believe that the underlying passion among some against the president is racist at its core. And yet, there it is.
Recall that in past instances, when nasty Internet comments were directed at a rhetorical foe of Andrew Sullivan’s, the Inspector Javert of Trig Palin’s matrilineal line dismissed the importance of such comments by stating “[l]ook: I know it’s awful to read bigoted emails. And relatively new bloggers may be unused to the routine bile. But you need to accept it as part of a new media with no filters.” In this case, however, not only is the comment not dismissed as “part of a new media with no filters,” it is used to categorize “the underlying passion among some against the president” as “racist at its core.” No doubt that there are some amongst the President’s detractors who are racists. But there are certainly some amongst the detractors of people like Jeffrey Goldberg who are anti-Semites–a fact made abundantly clear in their comments. Apparently, those people were never deserving of a Sullivanesque dressing-down. Shows where Sullivan’s priorities lie.