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Why no “Sister Souljah Moment” in response to unsubstantiated left-wing allegations against conservative pundits and free-market movements?

Once again, Victor Davis Hanson gets at the nub of the issue in the national debate following the Tucson shooting:

In logical terms, how are we to use a moment to reexamine political speech when the moment was explicitly declared not to be connected with political speech at all?

How can a president subtly distance himself from the macabre and revolting behavior of his left-wing base while simultaneously editorializing on unhinged invective in general (e.g., without an embarrassing extreme, there is no occasion to call for moderation from others)?

Why did five days of presidential silence follow the shootings (so unlike instant editorializing about the Mutallab and Hasan incidents), when the likes of Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Andrew Sullivan, Sheriff Dupnik, and the New York Times rushed in to scavenge political capital amid the carnage? All that might have been bridled with a brief word or two from the White House, a brief Sister Souljah moment admonition to the New York Times to cool it for a while. We know that would have worked, because the Times within hours after the successful Obama speech was calling to cool what it had helped arouse, apparently realizing that its demonization and its refutation of demonization hand-in-glove were politically useful.

Read the whole thing. Via Instapundit.



  1. There’s no Sistuh Souljah moment because Obama’s call to civility was not a heartfelt plea rooted in basic decency, but a political calculus the only goal of which was to enhance his own standing. It was always aimed at winning back the mushy moderate middle, never at restraining his rabid left-wing base.

    Comment by V the K — January 23, 2011 @ 1:57 pm - January 23, 2011

  2. Perhaps Sully should give himself a Derbyshire award… by his own standards, he surely deserves one.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 23, 2011 @ 2:23 pm - January 23, 2011

  3. Maybe Obama should have a lemonade summit where he brings Dupnik and Palin to the White House and Michelle explains arugula to them and Barry O. extemporizes on the power of crystals and reads John Greenleaf Whittier from the TelePrompTer.

    HEAL! In the name of C-I-V-I-L-I-T-Y!!!!

    Dupnik would be allowed to speak, but Palin would not.

    Comment by Heliotrope — January 24, 2011 @ 10:40 am - January 24, 2011

  4. Why no “Sister Souljah Moment”


    Why the near news blackout of other stories? Was it because they were so obviously left-wing that liberals would be unable to spin the story to their advantage?

    Casey Brezik: Paranoid Schizophrenic Intended to Kill Gov. Jay Nixon – Sept 16, 2010

    Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with murder – Jan 19, 2011

    Comment by gastorgrab — January 24, 2011 @ 3:16 pm - January 24, 2011

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