Thursday, June 05, 2008

Pat Buchanan and Richard Cohen on racial solidarity

In this video clip, Pat Buchanan stultifies Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen by posing a simple question as to why Cohen thinks it rancid that whites in West Virginia voted for Hillary (69%-23%) but has nothing disapproving to say about blacks voting for Obama in Philadelphia (92%-8%), or everywhere else by almost the same overwhelming margin, for that matter.

Buchanan's point is not novel in this area of the blogosphere. Blacks are far more clannish than whites are. But Cohen's visible discomfort makes the video worth watching. Near the end of the clip, when Buchanan jocularly offers Cohen a studio mug, a rattled Cohen says of the segment, "I didn't have such a good time." Clearly Cohen is not used to being challenged, even in the polite and measured way that is a staple of Buchanan's presentation, when he embraces such a blatant double standard.

As the Inductivist points out, the video is also remarkable in the making of an argument that whites should be able to vote for other whites in solidarity just as every other identity interest does.


John S. Bolton said...

That sort of double-standard is indispensable for the maintenance of the power to adjust group outcomes on racial and ethnic criteria. It's power-greed and no principles whatsoever. Most people are continually even for decades, floored that there is no sincerity or good faith on the part of the high and mighty, when it comes to that question ( of whether it is wrong for the majority to organize according to group advantage but somehow right for minorities to do so ). Just considering those double standards, though, should convince that what oneis looking at is a manipulation in the service of power, and that there may not be given the assumption of sincerity or good faith, to those who say it is 'understandable' that blacks would have a racial interest to organize around, but whites, regardless of income or other indicators, are somehow monsters, if they do the same.

John S. Bolton said...

Long ago, before scholars, journalists and officials, became unprincipled servitors of power-greed, there was a term for what minorities and their advocates do here. Special Pleading, that could be the title for my next post on Obama: Special Pleader For President.

Audacious Epigone said...


That's a new phrase for me. Thanks.

John S. Bolton said...

Winston Smith has been working on it, though how wikipedia got it to resurface is mysterious. The rule of the special pleaders is what we have now, though it does indeed require that the majority be excluded from using that method. This suggests a two-pronged counter-offensive. One element uses special pleading for the majority, identifying the majority interest with that of the nation. The other denounces minority special pleading as such. The left's answer you may already know is that special pleading doesn't exist because everybody does it. That is, they say there are no disinterested observers, no neutral position of logic above the fray, but only open and hidden special pleaders, all of them ethnic etc.

JaaJoe said...

Did you see Patrick Buchanan's rendition of world war 2?!?! AHAHAHAHAH. It very cute. Check it out if your intrested here -
Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War

Gary Baumgarten said...

Pat Buchanan will be my guest on News Talk Online on Wed. June 18 at 5 PM New York time.

Go to my blog, and click on the link to the show to talk or listen to Buchanan.

Audacious Epigone said...


Thanks for the heads-up. I'm looking forward to it.

Michael T said...


'Special pleading' is a new one for you? It's surprising that you managed to reach the upper echelons of the realitysphere (the (real one, not those phonies at the so-called "reality based community) and called yourself an epigone (which was a new one for me) without ever running into special pleading. Never made the rounds at atheist debate sites I take it?

Audacious Epigone said...

Michael T,

Maybe audacious charlatan would be a more moniker :) There are terms and phrases I've come across before but haven't committed to memory. Maybe special pleading is one of those, but I don't recall it. Just naive I guess. I'm still fairly green, after all.