Bob Somerby: You’re agitating the rubes, proud black man!

Shorter Bob Somerby:

I wish Eugene Robinson would stop writing about how successful some minorities have become because he’s going to scare away people who are offended by successful minorities from voting for Democrats.

Alternate Shorter Bob Somerby:

It’s awful that no one’s showing respect for James Crowley when he tells his side of the story when it’s clear that Professor Gates is being “embarrassing” and “less-than-intelligent” when he gives his account of what happened.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/30/09 at 03:11 PM • Permalink

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Every time I start reading Somerby, I wake up three hours later with a pool of spit on my desk.

Not falling for it this time.

Kevin, am I mistaken in remembering that Somerby is supposedly a professional comedian?

First he quotes Robinson:

Following the traumatic encounter, he repaired to Martha’s Vineyard to recuperate. This is how the man rolls.

(bolding his)

Then he works himself up into a snit over the phrase as some sort of indicator of something that I can’t quite make out:

“This is how the man rolls,” Robinson says—perhaps not believing that when intellectual and moral leaders are turned into “superstars” who “roll” in the manner described, their intellectual and moral powers may perhaps dissipate in the process.

I thought that Robinson was using the phrase humorously, to point up Gates’ less-than-street inclinations. I didn’t realize it was indicative of moral blinkeredness to the intellectual decline of the overprivileged.

By the way, the new post takes a wack at, and I know this will astonish you, Rachel Maddow, whom Lou Dobbs called a “Teabagging Queen”:

“Can a female person be that kind of queen?” Actually yes, she can be—if she has spent a long, gratuitously nasty week calling average people “tea-baggers,” aiming strings of dick jokes at them in the process. That’s what Maddow did in April, in one of the most repulsive displays we’ve ever seen in broadcast news.

Perhaps he was in a cabin in Idaho for the last eight years.

Mrs. P, it’s Maddow’s own fault. She brought his wrath upon herself by getting her audience to donate equipment to the Iraqi soccer team. (no, I’m not kidding, he really had a problem with that)

I’m with him on the idea that pundits are full of shit across the board, and that race is getting way too much play in this story, but I wonder if there’s a, well, more timely critique of Robinson one could make:

Ten years ago, they had a different Group Mission—they were busy, as a clan, trashing both Clintons and staging a War Against Gore. In June 1999, Robinson played a key role in building that war. In this way, he earned more chits with this particular set, thus acquiring more serious power.

Say what you will about the man, he won’t let up until Florida counts every ballot.

Praise Ganesh we have Somerby around to stick up for the white man and concern troll about their votes.

How many white votes have been shed by Eugene Robinson’s column on the Gates arrest?  We here in the Rumproast comments section can’t say, and neither can Bob Somerby.  But that doesn’t stop Somerby from pretending to stick up for all the Tom Joads out there.  He voices the scripts of a faux-populist, bitter set. It’s part of the way the PUMA crowd rolls.

Maybe we all need to beg Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore to start taking Somerby’s calls. That may be the only way to stop his unhealthy obsession with “the Rhodes scholar.”

Actually, gil, we’ve been missing it all along: Eugene Robinson started the Iraq war.

Ten years ago, they had a different Group Mission—they were busy, as a clan, trashing both Clintons and staging a War Against Gore. In June 1999, Robinson played a key role in building that war. In this way, he earned more chits with this particular set, thus acquiring more serious power.

This worked out quite poorly for those in Iraq—

Eugene Robinson, murderer! And for what? For chits.

aiming strings of dick jokes at them in the process.

LOOK OUT! She’s got a loaded dick joke!

Does this dipshit hold a Ph.D. in Advanced Snit or what?

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