Saturday, March 22, 2008

Charles Murray defends Obama

Charles Murray, co-author of the notorious The Bell Curve, tells his fellow conservatives who dismissed or mocked Obama's speech on race to get their heads out of their asses and actually listen to what the man said:
Of course you can go after him in all the ways that people have gone after him—if what you want to do is go after him. But suppose you approach Obama’s text under the twin assumptions that (a) he is trying to communicate with you, and, (b) your obligation is to make a good-faith effort to understand his meaning.
He goes on to say that he's not going to vote for him because he doesn't agree with his politics. That's a perfectly legitimate position. But this notion that Obama is some kind of slick-talking huckster is just wrong. Imagine a politician actually being honest!

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