Michael Dukakis, who was
not even an anti-racist, with the
whole Willie Horton fiasco. They will try
to do the same thing with Joe Biden and socialism.
They might succeed. It’s a bitter irony. Joe Biden, dik-dik
of neoliberal politics, who himself has built a career out of a
patented fear of socialism. Maybe he shouldn’t have stoked those fires.
Maybe Dukakis should have been more anti-racist running against a black man.
It strikes me that, counterintuitively, Jesse Jackson would’ve made a harder target
for race-baiting, and Bernie Sanders, a harder target for red-baiting. We fear
what we can’t see, and see
what we fear.