Wonkette Paints Conservative As Racist for Pointing Out Race Pandering

National Review contributor John Derbyshire has been a favorite whipping boy of snarky left-wing bloggers for a while, but perhaps most noticeably after some controversial postings he made on the heels of the Virginia Tech shooting.

But now a blogger at Wonkette is portraying Derb as a crotchety bigot on the basis of a blog post whereby Derbyshire notes Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) both insists on voters judging him on the basis of his leadership and agenda, not race, but then goes back to pandering to a crowd on the merits of his Hispanic heritage:

Outraged over Big Bill’s public admission of Mexican-ness during a time
when Americans are supposed to be united against the Mexican Menace,
Derbyshire bravely decides to use that very Mexican-ness against
Richardson:

Excuse me, Bill, but do you want your Hispanicity
noticed, or not? If you want your listeners to vote for you “not
because I am Hispanic,” then what the heck is “I am one of you” doing
in the same sentence? (N.B. Though to give the guy some creit [sic] for
restraint, Bill is actually understating his Hispanitude. Not only were
both his mother’s parents Mexican, but one of his father’s was too.)

In other words, “Bill Richardson is a Quadroon!” Join us tomorrow when
Derbyshire reveals that Barry Hussein Obama is a Halfrican, John McCain
is Mulatto and Bill Clinton is “the first black president.”

Of course, Wonkette failed to excerpt from the Reuters article ("Call me Lopez, presidential hopeful says") Derb was reacting to in his post wherein Richardson proudly panders to a crowd and defends it to the news wire:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In the heartland of America he is just Gov. Bill
Richardson. But in big Hispanic states like California the Democratic
U.S. presidential hopeful tells voters he is also a Lopez.

"California
has a lot of Hispanic voters and they don't know I'm Hispanic," said
Richardson, governor of New Mexico and son of a Mexican woman named
Lopez.

His decision to officially launch his bid for the White
House on Monday in the state with the largest Hispanic population was
more than symbolic. It was strategic.

In the heartland of America he is just Gov. Bill Richardson. But in big
Hispanic states like California the Democratic U.S. presidential
hopeful tells voters he is also a Lopez. 'California has a lot of
Hispanic voters and they don't know I'm Hispanic,' said Richardson,
governor of New Mexico and son of a Mexican woman named Lopez.

His
decision to officially launch his bid for the White House on Monday in
the state with the largest Hispanic population was more than symbolic.
It was strategic. 'I am saying "It's Bill Richardson Lopez and I am
one of you and I would like you to consider me, not because I am
Hispanic but because I have the best program for the country",' he told
Reuters in an interview late on Monday.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.