It's really rare in politics to find an accurate "pox on both your houses" moment, but Jeff Fecke has it today. It's a matter of timing, really. It's been rare for the various sexist and racist comments that have come mostly from campaign surrogates to match up like they have this week, the way they have with Geraldine Ferraro and Jeremiah Wright. (Side note: while there have been sexist and racist comments from both campaigns, and while all such remarks are despicable, these are mild compared to what we will see in the general election campaign--just trying to keep a little perspective.)
One of the good things to come out of this at times infuriating process has been the debate over whether sexism or racism is more pervasive in this country. One thing is clear--this is neither a post-racial nor a post-gender nation, no matter how much the conservative white males in power would have us believe. I don't know that there's an answer to the debate I mentioned, but what has become clear to me is that sexism is still far more socially acceptable than racism is, especially among people who style themselves progressives.
Here's this week's Random Ten. Put your iTunes on party shuffle and post the next ten songs to pop up. And no cheating just because you got nostalgic for Wreckx-n-Effect one drunken Tuesday. Check baby check baby one two three.
1. You and I Both--Jason Mraz
2. Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian--John Prine
3. Apache--Sugarhill Gang
4. Hell Hound on my Trail--Robert Johnson
5. Polythene Pam--The Beatles
6. She's a Bad Mama Jama--Stevie Wonder (that must have been a bad night)
7. If You Could Only See--Tonic (though not as bad as that one, apparently)
8. Unbelievable--Lazlo Bane
9. You Know I'm No Good--Amy Winehouse
10. Longshot--John Fogerty
This has been a warning example. Friends don't let friends download drunk. Shame yourselves in the comments.