The Scary Black Man Thing

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On the list of idiocies that I don’t care about, the conservative frenzy over the New Black Panther “voter intimidation” case currently ranks #1 with a bullet. But it’s a slow news day and we all deserve some entertainment. So you get two things today.

On the right, Fox’s Megyn Kelly, who’s absolutely obsessed with this case, melts down completely when Kirsten Powers suggests it’s just a manufactured tempest in a teapot. And here’s conservative Abigail Thernstrom, after explaining in detail why the whole thing is ridiculous:

Get a grip, folks. The New Black Panther Party is a lunatic fringe group that is clearly into racial theater of minor importance. It may dream of a large-scale effort to suppress voting — like the Socialist Workers Party dreams of a national campaign to demonstrate its position as the vanguard of the proletariat. But the Panthers have not realized their dream even on a small scale. This case is a one-off.

More here.

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