Politics

TheDC Analysis: Dear Michael Moore, you make Meghan McCain sound like Plato

Dear Michael,

It’s me again.

When last I corresponded with you, I pointed out how your understanding of why terrorists have attacked us (and continue to seek to attack us) is on par with your understanding of physical fitness. I also invited you to debate these issues — I enjoy tee ball — but I haven’t yet heard back about that. I’m sure your response is forthcoming.

Anyway, having made my point about your batshit crazy understanding of foreign policy, I thought I would write you a letter about your recent sputterings on American politics, specifically the midterm elections.

Now, political prognosticators and commentators can get things wrong and often do — just see a certain column I wrote predicting the Senate would flip to the GOP. But there is a difference between reasonable analysis that gets things wrong and the type of analysis that you provide, which could just have easily come from the craziest patient on a mental ward.

For instance, speaking of the results of the midterm elections, you said Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “White America does not like having a black president. That is just the sad truth.”

What you were suggesting, I surmise, is that the Tea Party energy that overwhelmingly went to the polls to vote out Democrats was motivated by racism toward the president.

Of course, there are at least two big problems with this thesis: Allen West of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina.

West and Scott are black Republicans elected during the midterm elections who were backed by the Tea Party. Since they came from districts that were overwhelmingly white, we can also say they were backed by specifically white conservatives — the very conservatives you suggested were motivated by racism.

In fact, in the case of West, no other black representative in Congress comes from a district so decidedly white. Just around 5 percent of West’s district is black while roughly 75 percent of the district is white. Which is to say that in the political microcosm that is Florida’s 22nd District, it was mainly white conservatives and moderates that came out to strongly support a black Tea Party-backed candidate.

In other words, Michael, these supposedly racist white Tea Party voters didn’t care about West’s race. They cared about his ideas. Could it be that the Tea Party opposition that has sprouted up against Obama is motivated largely by the president’s ideas and policies, and not the color of his skin?

Be careful, Michael. I know that concept could very well make your brain explode.