Pat Buchanan prefers “the old bigotry”

Apparently, not much has changed.

Apparently, not much has changed.

But of course he would.

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14 thoughts on “Pat Buchanan prefers “the old bigotry”

  1. bitchphd June 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Can we please just vote him off the goddamn island already?

  2. Jeremy June 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm Reply

    You know, Malcolm X has some similar comments in his autobiography. Something about preferring Goldwater style racism–you know, no fear of being bamboozled. Major Colvin also makes a similar comment in Season 3 of The Wire, when he’s showing Carcetti around the “free zone.” He recounted a story of an old factory owner that refused to hire blacks, then used it as a segue into a discussion of being open and honest (which, of course, was ironic since the free zone was done without telling the bosses).

    Anyways, I know this is a Buchanan-bashing thread, but I think we have a lot to learn from Buchanan–a lot to learn about what a helluva lot of Americans think. Just sayin.

    • blackink June 14, 2009 at 10:53 am Reply

      Ok, I’m curious: what can we learn from Buchanan?

      • Jeremy June 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm Reply

        Everyday white folks (aka the bast majority of my family members) are virulently opposed to anything that even SOUNDS like preferential treatment, reparations, or anything that uses race as some sort of a criteria for ANYTHING.

        Buchanan’s fears, misconceptions, and all-around buffoonary are the same racial fears, misconceptions, and buffoonary shared by our fellow (white and/or non-black) Americans.

    • Jamelle June 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm Reply

      I’m actually on the same page as Jeremy here – Buchanan is very useful in that he gives us a pretty open window into the thought of a fair chunk of the Republican base. What’s more – and this isn’t exactly “popular” – even though Buchanan’s foreign policy skepticism comes from a fairly ugly place (the whole anti-semitism thing), I think it has a valuable place to play in the public dialogue and omnibus rebus consideratis, should probably be a bit louder.

      • blackink12 June 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm Reply

        I get where you both are coming from. I really do. And I think you both make valid points.

        But, you know, I’m sure that most people who follow politics already know what the right-wing/conservative/GOP position is on affirmative action. We hear it ad nauseam. In fact, I might argue that we hardly ever hear uniterrupted arguments for the preservation and continuation of affirmative action policies.

        If anything, we hear people defending the credentials of people who might have gotten a leg up with help from affirmative action. Almost as a sort of apology. But the case for the policy itself is rarely laid out in opposition to the case against it.

        Also, what does Buchanan offer as far as a window that we don’t already hear from: the Cheneys, Gingrich, Bay Buchanan, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Scarborough, Malkin, Goldberg, etc etc etc?

        I’m actually planning on blogging a little more about this but, really, I think what Buchanan said – an old bigot expressing a preference for old bigotry; what a shocker! – is probably about as offensive as anything he’s said in recent memory. If I were a person (and I’m not) who believed that pundits should be fired for making offensive comments, this would where I started building my case.

        What more does Buchanan have to say to be excused from polite company? If someone said something similar in your office, classroom or newsroom, I’m not sure they wouldn’t get a visit from someone in the h.r. department.

  3. Samia June 14, 2009 at 12:20 am Reply

    Co-sign bitchphd. I’m tired of him AND his wife, who recently came to our campus to give a talk about why feminism is obsolete. Yeahhhhh.

  4. ladyfresh June 14, 2009 at 11:44 am Reply

    yay the ‘good old bigotry’
    but Pat it haven’t even gotten good yet wait until you have to sit in the back of the bus and i get to whip, lynch, take your property or better yet burn down your town for glancing at a ‘sista’

    • ladyfresh June 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Oh wait… Pat didn’t get the ‘good ole boy’ memo.
      Someone hand that man a gun and point him towards the nearest holocaust museum.
      See? He still has friends with those classic values he holds near and dear to his heart.

      • Winslowalrob June 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm Reply

        Haha dang ladyfresh, that line was fiyaa. To the holocaust museum indeed.

  5. t.o.a n. June 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm Reply

    “And those two Ivy League institutions cheated more deserving students of what they had worked a lifetime to achieve, for reasons of race, gender or ethnicity.”

    When people speak of Affirmative Action everyone forgets the original form of Affirmative Action, otherwise known as legacy. Or do people really believe that George W. Bush was the most deserving student to go to Yale with an SAT score 200 point below the average freshman at the time? At least Sotomayor reached the top of her class, what was Bush’s excuse?

  6. Lisa J June 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Sigh, I’ve been in disgust with that man for nigh on 20 years, he was an old fart then and an even older fartier fart now. I wish he and his trodlydyte (sp?) sister would just go away. Then I wish all the far righters would do the same. Are there any moderates left in the Elephant party?

  7. geo June 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm Reply

    folk on tv try to make him out to be an archie bunker type, like a lovable bigot.

    i don’t understand how a person of that ilk can be possibly endearing.

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