Racist Slur Directed at President by Republican

Reckless is worse than “Feckless” but still.

I have been shocked by the relative lack of mainstream media criticism of “my” Governor’s promise during the latest GOP debate to shoot down Russian planes. That this promise was made in defense of an imagined, unilaterally declared, “no fly zone,” in territory over which the US has neither air superiority (nor legal claim), and for which there is no articulated strategic rationale is reckless and deserving of roundhouse critiques.

However, buried in the ashes of rational discourse during that debate was a racial dog whistle that also received too little attention. As part of the expected theme of blaming the Democratic incumbent for all that is wrong in the world was Christie’s claim that Obama is “feckless and weak.” I don’t agree with calling my president “weak” but accept it as standard partisan fair but feckless

A feckless kid is the ne’er do well kid belonging to the hard working family next door who doesn’t go to school, never works, just drinks and plays loud music. It’s the minstrel tableau described last month by New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella as a “lineup of a dozen or so men performing comic songs and skits based on ‘darkie’ stereotypes, above all the image of black people as happy-go-lucky lazy feckless guys lying around and chewing on something or other.” Its Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo it’s a thousand toxic racial images what it is not is an unknown Senator from Illinois with no executive experience who fights, claws, speaks and strategizes his way to two terms as President of the greatest military power that ever existed.

By the way, I wonder why no one on that stage the other night asked the Guv if he thought Obama was “feckless” when he hugged him on the Jersey Shore thanking him for Hurricane Sandy aid. Was the dog whistle really an “olive branch” to those in his party who claimed the “hug” hurt Romney in 2012 If we weren’t feckless, we would expend the energy to find out.

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