This is a great excerpt of the Rachel Maddow show from last night. First, listen to Obama sounding more like he did during his campaign. That wasn’t a speech, but a passionate sermon. He seems to have lost this rhythm a bit since he’s been in office and I think he’ll need to bring back that kind of passion if he wants to get any movement on the health care issue.
Secondly, Pat Buchanan doesn’t hold back at all, which is both disturbing and refreshing. He is a man who the world has passed by. Here is Conor Clarke on the clip as he helps fill in for Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish:
“At the heart of Buchanan’s critique is a sense that anyone who was a benficiary of affirmative action in the past cannot be well-qualified today. I don’t think this argument can stand scrutiny.
That’s because one’s qualifications in the present are a function of one’s opportunities in the past. There are very talented white children born in the lap of luxury on the upper west side of Manhattan, and there are equally talented Hispanic children born in poverty in the south Bronx. It should surprise exactly no one, except possibly Pat Buchanan and Michael Goldfarb, to learn that they will not get the same SAT scores. An affirmative action system that corrects for this lack of balance is not taking a “less qualified” person and putting her above a “more qualified” person. It is giving equally qualified people the same opportunities. This is liberalism 101, not rocket science.”