Ethics Quote Of The Week: Jonathan Chait

I mean, what's not to like?

I mean, what’s not to like?

“One of the unfortunate habits overtaking the left is a tendency to conclude that any behavior that could plausibly be motivated by bigotry is likely motivated by bigotry.”

—-Liberal commentator Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine, in his article, Are Biden-for-President Supporters All Sexist?”

Absolute Truth: My first reaction upon reading this: “No shit, Sherlock! What was your first clue?”

As I just wrote last week*, the entire Obama-enabling machine has been fueled by that premise for almost eight years, highlighted by claims last month by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) that Bejamin Netanyahu, believing that the Iran nuclear agreement is an existential threat to his nation (and he’s right, too), only took the extraordinary measure of addressing Congress because Obama is black. And no liberal pundit calls Clyburn out on this slur, this insulting and stupid slur. I haven’t checked Chait’s output over the last eight years, so I don’t know if or when he’s played that double-dealt card himself. Still, he deserves credit for honesty and a fair analysis that doesn’t reflect well on his colleagues. It is just irritating that he could and should have made the point long ago.

A second and third less-than-sober thought that quickly followed that first:

  • No, Biden supporters aren’t sexist.  They are insane.
  • Or desperate.

What prompted Chait’s ethical candor was this jaw-dropping article by Scott Lemieux at The Guardian. He really appears to think that there is no possible reason anyone would prefer Biden to Clinton. I mean, what could it be?

“In policy terms, Biden and Clinton are virtually identical. On domestic policy, they’re both moderate liberals who are too close to the financial service sectors in their home states. On foreign policy, they’re both moderate liberal hawks who voted for the Iraq War. It would be harder to name two major politicians with more similar policy profiles. If Biden is going to enter the race, it’s not because he disapproves of the direction in which Clinton is going to lead the country. And it’s hard to see any evidence that Biden is more electable.”

So, Lemieux concludes, the only possible explanation is that he has “one characteristic that makes him seem more “presidential” to too many journalists: a penis.”

Oh, that must be it! Not the fact that Clinton is a serial liar. Not the fact that she is a blatant influence peddler, a greedy hypocrite, a fake feminist, Bill Clinton’s enabler, a flop as Secretary of State, and completely untrustworthy by any measure.

These things don’t matter to auto-pilot progressives like Lemieux, because these strange and ethically disinterested people really don’t think character–or competence even—matters. As far as I can see, they would elect Machiavelli, Chauncey the Gardener, Lucretia Borgia or Jack the Ripper as long as they pledged to tax the rich, add more entitlements, open the boarders, make gun-owning nearly impossible, ban hate speech, open the jails and  protect “the right to choose” under all conditions. It’s amazing. Frightening too.

Lemieux shows how biased and deluded he is by making it clear that he thinks Hillary’s e-mail evasions show she is as pure as the driven snow, and that it’s the biased news media—that’s right, the news media is biased against the poor, innocent, misunderstood Clintons—that is causing her poll numbers to fall.

With zombie progressives like this guy, I can’t tell if he’s been brainwashed or is lying. He writes,

“In addition to the misogyny, there’s something else going on here: the Clinton rules, the media’s tendency to give much more attention to spurious allegations than to proof showing that the allegations are untrue. In late July, a New York Times story initially alleged that a criminal probe had been opened into Clinton’s emails during her tenure as Secretary of State. The only problem is that the story was botched 11 ways from Sunday. First, the story was changed to reflect the fact that there wasn’t a criminal probe and then changed again to reflect the fact that the non-criminal probe wasn’t about Clinton.”

Yes, the story was changed, you shameless hack, because the Times unethically took orders from the Clintons. The allegations about Clinton risking national security, violating government protocol, destroying e-mails she knew would be evidence and lying repeatedly about the matter are true beyond question.  Moreover, the FBI is investigating Clinton’s e-mail shenanigans, and the FBI investigates crimes. Several news sources have confirmed that it is a criminal probe, and of course such a probe is a probe of Hillary Clinton. This week several media volunteer spinners for Hillary, like the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, kept emphasizing that it is the server that is being investigated, not its user. That’s right, Sanannah, you disgraceful biased hack, the FBI is going to arrest the server. Hillary is 100% responsible for the misuse of the e-mails and the violation of policy. Deal with it. Better yet, report it.

Yes, I know you don’t have a penis; never mind. Try being a journalist.

Arguing that the FBI is focusing on the server and not Hillary is exactly the same as saying that the SEC was investigating Bernie Madoff’s business but that Bernie wasn’t a target. It was his business—if the business broke the law, he did. If Clinton’s e-mail server broke the law, she did.

I must be a sexist, right, Scott Lemieux?

At least Jonathan Chait isn’t fooled.


*“It all was seeded, of course, by the cynical strategy, developed even before Obama was elected, to characterize the same kind of criticism all recent Presidents have been subjected to as racially-motivated, even as this ill-prepared leader has lurched from one disaster to another, domestically and abroad. This was excellent for the goal of making sure that African Americans, whose fortunes have suffered more under this President than any other group, voted for skin-color over self interest in 2012. It has also been a social and cultural calamity. Still, the strategy continues.”

21 thoughts on “Ethics Quote Of The Week: Jonathan Chait

  1. I don’t know why we’re being so quick to dismiss the idea that the server is to blame. How do we know that this isn’t Skynet’s first step towards taking over the world?

  2. I would never want Joe Blow Biden as prez. However, to my knowledge he doesn’t use a private email server. Saying that his supporters are sexist is disingenuous at best. Perhaps some of them just don’t like Hillary’s serial lying.

  3. >Machiavelli, Chauncey the Gardener, Lucretia Borgia or Jack the Ripper

    I wouldn’t elect The Ripper, but the other three have my vote over any of the Democrats in the race. I’d say something about Republicans too, but I haven’t been able to keep up with the three dozen or so horses in that race.

      • Sir,

        Have you heard of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency? I must say they are exactingly efficient. I merely mention them because if you ever have a noisome burden troubling you, they are adept at, ahem, “removing such burdens” from your life. Though it seems off topic, I just wanted to mention that they are very good at “problem solving”. In fact, I’ll send over my favorite agent to you TODAY with a letter of recommendation. Don’t be alarmed by the six associates he brings with him, they like to travel in strength. Invite them in and have a good conversation with them, and take their advice to heart.

        I know that veered greatly from the subject I write about, but felt you should be reminded of the Pinkertons and that I have successfully employed them in the past.

        So it seems I must defend myself here yet again…and even worse this time: You’ve pulled me away from my London vacation! Speaking of: Have you ever visited that beautiful city? One thing I enjoy greatly over there are the gustatorial adventures. Have you ever had beef raised in England? Nothing gets my saliva flowing like the thought of a supple, young, juicy steak as I plunge my knife over and over and over into the dainty morsels, just think of the succulent beef those promiscious cows produce…ahem. Sorry, There I go digressing again.

        Look here sir! I will have you know that every single one of those poor prostitutes that was murdered look painfully like my dear sweet wife, Frances! I don’t see how I could ever bring myself to kill anyone, let alone a group of women, who bear such a strong resemblance to my love! I don’t care how indecent and sinful those rotten whores women of the night were, NOR how much their similar appearance to my wife made me hate and revile pity their horrid plight…

        My God Man! Do you realize what you are saying about a President of the United States? Especially me! How would expect a man of my girth to make the transit between Dutfield’s Yard and Mitre Square to accomplish murder of poor Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes? Why, that would require me to dash down Fairclough Street, cut throug the rowhouses on Mitali Passage, seek the shortcut across Gower’s Walk, duck by the Police foot patrol that passes along Goodman street at exactly 9:45 pm, march up Leman Street while regaining my demeanor, for a brisk stroll down Aldgate High Street, greeting officers Percival and Clancy at 10:15 and 10:32 respectively, all while quietly entering Mitre square from the Southwest to throw off suspicion combined with the need to slowly procure a knife that I could deftly hide neath my sleeves. Preposterous!

        Of course, not to speak to horribly of the man, he seems to want to clean up London of it’s seedy underbelly, a thought I have given to the Murder Bay district of our Nation’s Capital!

        Now, I must be back to London, I was not done there and my apetite for the finest meat has not been sated, I do hope my preferred eatery, the Britannia House still has my table reserved. On the morrow I’ll finish my vacation purchasing a fine set of British Cutlery, have you ever seen how smoothly those remove steak from the bone? Ooo that just has me salivating.

        Oh, just a reminder, those Pinkerton men will be there shortly to discuss with you how thorough they are in silencing pesky nuisances!

        Low Tariffs, Gold Standard, and Harumph!

        Grover Cleveland

  4. I’ve been stunned to see this accusation made about the press by liberals. Apparently, if the leftstream media displays even the most shallow veneer of objectivity, just for the sake of appearances, they’re unfairly biased towards conservatives. The day that this is called hate speech is coming, I believe.

  5. “It was his business—if the business broke the law, he did.”

    In context of the full article, it’s not clear if you’re referring to Bernie’s investment firm, or his penis.

  6. You’re mixing and matching, Jack. Chauncey Gardner or Chance the gardener, but not Chauncey the Gardener.

    For the record, if believe there are 22 current presidential candidates between the two major parties. I’d vote for ol’ Chauncey over approximately 20 of them.

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