Either way, one calls the other black.
It's a euphemism that illustrates an extremist ideologue calling someone else an extremist ideologue. In this case it's Barack Obama accusing Mitt Romney of extremism.
Standard bearers of conservative ideals will immediately recognize the gaping hole in Obama's assertion. If ever there was a man who stood in the middle of the road, it is Mitt Romney. His detractors on the right are even fond of calling him Robama.
So what gives?
It's a classic case of projection. In this case, it's by design. Recall, if you will, the school yard bully who punched his classmate then told the teacher his classmate punched him. The bully's intent -- nearly always successful -- was to stress the teacher's objectivity and, thereby, cleanse himself (or herself) of the penalties of nefariousity*.
It's a 'my word against his' strategy.
This round of kettle calling began immediately after Romney exposed Paul Ryan as his running mate. The term ideologue began popping the ears of those who listen to pundits on TV, radio and elsewhere. "They're the extremists," they claim. "Billy punched me in the nose," the bully says.
Here are a few examples:
• Messina: "ultraconservative ideologues"
• Obama: Ryan is "ideological leader"
• Axelrod: "certifiable right-wing ideologue."
• Biden: "Right-Wing Ideologues Lining Up"
The outcome is confusion; his word against mine.
And the bully gets off scottfree.
Sad to say there is a substantial number of dimwits living in America who are above voting age. Their votes cancel those of intelligent voters and, if there are more dimwits willing to vote Democratic than Republican, Obama will win the election.
Obama has the dimwit vote by a wide margin of 96 percent, about the same as the black vote. And therein lies the irony.
* A neologism.
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