And finally, speaking of gifts: The gift that keeps on giving — Jeff Jacoby.
One thing that’s always baffled me is how racists think they can speak in “code” that nobody but other racists will understand. Jeff Jacoby, who once lectured the Pope on the theology of capital punishment (article is archived, so there’s a fee to read it if you don’t take my word for it), complains about the President’s “swelling ego”. Jacoby, still seething that African-Americans have sought to be anything besides railroad porters, pro basketball players, busboys, or pancake-box icons, thinly disguises his disgust for “uppity blacks”, “Negroes that don’t know their place”, “Colored people not deferential enough to their white superiors”, etc. in 21st-century language.
He makes his case on the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which right-wingers have used to reassert one of the great tropes of Reagan revisionism — that Reagan himself was responsible for the breakup of the Soviet Union, and not a variety of factors that had nothing to do with Reagan, the U.S., or the Cold War. And despite the fact that Reagan and his apologists did nothing to dispel this myth, Jacoby presents this whopper within a whopper within a whopper:
Reagan maintained that there was no limit to what someone could achieve if he didn’t mind who got the credit.
Jeff Jacoby’s status as the perennial gold medalist of right-wing whopperdom is secure.
That last quote about who gets credit I believe comes from Tip O’Neill.
Tip O’Neil was fon of quoting Harry Truman (an his most famous quote about politics being local is one of those instances)…In the case of the getting credit quote, RWE and Truman both beat Tip to it..
p>”It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
p>Harry S Truman
p>”It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”
p>Harry S Truman
p>”There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”
p>Ralph Waldo Emerson
…like the joke revue, though I suspect in some cases it will be difficult to tell which is which!