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    of what Chait was trying to convey, about conservatives' complaints about being charged with racism. Chait also says all the evidence is that racism is in play significantly more since President Obama took office.

    Chait wrote of Bill Kristal screaming "bullshit" on tv when confronted with charges of conservatives' racism. That was visceral. Paula Deen is an example of what can happen when a racist unwittingly reveals personal racism. Her very public cluelessness and racism cost her a lot of money and earned her deserved condemnation.

    Persons in the media spotlight who share Deen's racism have good reason to be fearful that their racism will be exposed. Good. Let them be fearful.

    Does the left not realize the power of a charge of racism, as Chait says? I'm not sure the left would not/should not relish that power. That's a more interesting part of the conversation from my pov. Chait cited some ways that the left goes over the top in charging racism where racism really isn't in play, and I agree with most of the examples he gave. But I don't mind that those over the top charges are made, I've even made some of them. (If that makes me a  hypocrite... oh well.)

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