There is no doubt that some of the anger is fueled by racial feeling, which is not the same as saying that all opposition to Obama is explained by racism. Most Obama opponents are simply conservative Republicans who disagree with him. But there are too many racist signs at rallies and too many overtly racial pronouncements in the fever swamps of the right-wing media to deny that racism is part of the anti-Obama mix.Actually, there's a lot of doubt that racism plays any part in this. In fact, there's a good bit of doubt that the opposition to Obama's extreme liberal efforts to destroy this country rise to the level of anger at all. I prefer to think of it as vehement opposition, something Dionne and his ilk aren't accustomed to there in the Magic Kingdom of Washington D.C.
Be that as it may, Dionne doesn't make any attempt to identify or, heaven forbid, try to repress that doubt that may exist. He simply declares racism to be a fact and moves on.
"Too many racist signs at rallies"? I've seen one. At the hundreds and hundreds of rallies that have taken place. And I look.
"Too many overtly racial pronouncements"? Name one, genius.
Instead we get empty, unsupported, unsupportable attacks.
To my thinking, there's surely some hatred being exhibited here. But it's not coming from the right. E.J. Dionne needs to look in a mirror.
And put up or shut up.