The Actors Studio's James Lipton appeared on "Now," just now, to critique Clint Eastwood's ... performance? His critique, in a word: "disrespectful"--disrespectful of Barack Obama, of Obama the man, of Obama the president, of the office of the presidency itself.
For Lipton, this was rather strong.
My reaction to Lipton's assessment: So what else is new?
Let's get this straight, let's have it out, let's just say it like it is, once and for all: modern Republicans are bigoted barbarians. Half are racist ignoramuses and the other half are ignorant racists. You needn't be black for Republicans to hate you; brown will do, or, in a pinch, yellow. If you're white you're OK, unless of course you're a woman--you silly, flighty-headed thing, in such desperate need of an old, angry white male's paternalistic protection.
Yeah I know. The above parts add up to more than the whole. But that's about the only thing "special" about the modern Republican Party: its outsized bigotry and ignorance.
Chris Hayes, on "Now," smartly mentioned the relevance of Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man in relation to Eastwood's disrespect. GOPers should read it, he said, if they'd really like an informed idea of how a black man in America might feel; forced, rather invisibly, to look up at his white overseers, who in turn supply the respondent's answers. Hayes' thought was a good one, except that GOPers would have to find someone to read it to them.
I come back, though, to my "So what else is new?" attitude, which is why I didn't watch the proceedings last night. I'm learning to hate like a Republican. And I don't like it.