COMMENTARY | A villain from my childhood has returned, as though from the depths of his villainous cave where he has waited out the years, biding the time for his ghoulish return. But like any villain in a sequel too long after the original, he’s dated, ineffective. Not frightening anymore, just a faded example of faded ideas.
I refer, of course, to John Sununu.
Through decades of irrelevance during which his painfully antiquated ideas were widely considered abhorrent, he must have fantasized about the day that the Republican party would try to squish us all, clown-car style, into a time machine to force us back to the 1950s. The current political climate is the closest he will likely come to that dream, even with all the villain-money and villain-“scientists” (evolutionists need not apply) at his disposal.
And he’s pouncing on his opportunity. There is no other explanation for his claim that Colin Powell, four-star general, first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and first African-American Secretary of State, recently endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term because both Powell and Obama are black.
Said Sununu of Powell’s endorsement, “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him,” reports the Washington Post.
Powell based his endorsement of Obama on his concerns about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy approach: “I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy. One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern, which I’ve expressed previously in a public way, is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have, and he gets advice from his campaign staff that he then has to adjust to modify as he goes along.”
So the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State endorses a candidate based on platforms in his field of expertise, and the only thing that Sununu sees is the color of Powell’s skin.
I told you, as far as villains go, he’s a relic.
But it’s not just Sununu, it’s a strategy. Stories are popping up, claiming that Obama is “struggling” with “white voters,” or losing support from “white voters.” It’s an attempt to set up the dichotomy expressed by Sununu. “…when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of…”
Vote your own race.
That’s what the cave-hidden villain of my childhood suggests. Vote for the guy who is your race. Look! “They’re” doing it. We should be doing it. Look at the polls! Other white people know they should be voting for the white guy.
If you’re not nauseated, you should be.
This white voter is no less in favor of the president than I was in 2008. My vote for him is not motivated by some “white guilt,” as has also been suggested. And I certainly would never, ever consider voting for Romney, let alone because he and I happen to share a similar low level of melanin.
This is why villains hidden in caves should just simply stay in caves. They don’t understand that the world has turned so much, so far, that their mere concepts, like the torture-contraptions from dated thrillers, are no longer terrifying. Their countdown timers and doomsday speeches don’t ratchet tension.
No, now that we see the wires and the shoddy paint jobs, they’re nothing but a sad satire of themselves.