I was watching The O'Reilly Factor, to hear Dennis Miller talk about Helen Thomas (turns out not to have been that insightful). Earlier in the show, before my son called to talk to me, Mr O'Reilly had Time Magazine Columnist Mark Halperin on, talking about a Matt Drudge headline about the President.
The thing that I noted was that Mr Halperin was saying that as he travels the nation he finds that there is racial prejudice driven dislike for the President. To make his point, he pointed to the Tea Party movement.
At the last Greater Lowell Tea Party meeting there was a lot of talk about deficits and about Congress being out of control in terms of spending and the upcoming elections. There was concern that the Obama Administration will not stand behind Israel—in light of the "Flotilla" imbroglio. There were a fair number who are supporting Sam Meas for the Republican Nomination for the 5th Middlesex House seat. For those who don't know, Sam Meas came here from Cambodia, so he is not your local WASP. There was no talk of Obama the Black Man. Obama the President, yes, but not Obama the Black Man.
Are there Tea Party people who hate Blacks? I am sure there are, somewhere. I just haven't met them. Are there Blacks who hate Tea Party people? I would expect there are. I just haven't met any yet.
On the other hand, since I was watching O'Reilly, I rate Mr Halperin a PINHEAD.
Regards — Cliff