Speaker of the House John Boehner's lawsuit against President Barack Obama is driven by racial animus and white supremacy. Boehner's efforts to comply with the racist Tea Party and other herrenvolk elements in the Republican Party--to the degree they can be separated--will be used as cover for his unfounded claim that Obama is acting in an "illegal" fashion.
Political ideology cannot be separated from attitudes about race and racism; partisan politics is racial politics. Here, a black man cannot continue with the long standing tradition that is the Imperial Presidency. The claim that Obama has used executive authority in some extraordinary and extreme manner is a lie.
John Boehner is a racist because he is a leading member of a white racist organization called the Republican Party. Boehner is also a racist because he is making a "tactical choice" to defer to one of the most white supremacist and white identified elements of the Republican Party, one that operates under the nom de guerre of the "Tea Party".
Continually discussing the union of conservatism and white supremacy in form of the Tea Party GOP is tedious and tiresome. Moreover, it is a sad thing when a fictional TV character such as Tony Soprano is far more honest about the reality of the color line than are the United States' media and political elites.
As such, I do wish that Boehner and other Right-wing elites would be more direct and transparent.
They could save the American people and media much energy and time by directly stating that they hate
Unfortunately, white conservatives are enabled in their anti-black and brown racism by the cover and protection often afforded to them by white liberals.
Most white folks on both the Left and the Right are invested in protecting white privilege and white supremacy.
As such, and they do this in different ways, many white liberals and conservatives deny the reality that American society is structured around maintaining and protecting white power. In adhering to this script, the bar is made so high for what constitutes white racism and white racist behavior that only the most extreme examples such as KKK members and Neo Nazis are included in that category.
In "post racial" America, no members of normal society would want to be marked as racists.
Consequently, racism denying, as well as deflecting charges of white racism and white supremacy, are a coordination game played by white folks on both sides of the ideological divide. Ultimately, this choice is a self-serving and dirty bargain that hurts the Common Good.
The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman is a smart and sharp analyst of American politics. However, his recent interview on MSNBC's show "Hardball" was a great lesson in how the ostensibly "liberal" media will go out of their way to talk around how movement conservatism and the Republican Party are driven by white supremacist madness to oppose and fight Barack Obama.
It would be an easy thing for Howard Fineman to say that John Boehner's lawsuit against Barack Obama is motivated by racism. Instead he dances like a comedian performing on top of a small table with four wobbly legs at a dingy Southern juke joint where the performers are paid in cheap beers.
What are Howard Fineman and other members of the "liberal" commentariat afraid of?