By Dylan Hales
Steve Sailer thinks Barack Obama is a black nationalist and a racist. So do the folks at the Council of Conservative Citizens. Vdare.com ran three articles in the last 24 hours arguing this point (or some close variation of it). One of the pieces was by the totally obsessed aforementioned Steve Sailer who has taken to updating his blog several times a day with the latest "news" on Obama's hidden radical agenda. The other two were written by Marcus Epstein and Pat Buchanan respectively. Most of these pieces have a congratulatory tone to them as if to say "we told you so!" now that the "true Barack" has been revealed to the establishment media. All of this is embarrassing and indicative of why the paleoconservatives have no power in American politics today.
While it would be unfair to ask these bloggers and writers to limit their criticisms of Obama, their inability to see how they are being used is pathetic. When William Buckley died many of these same outlets and writers were quick to point out how Buckley had allowed his magazine and the broader conservative movement to be taken over by establishment minded "rightist" with totally different goals, principles and morals. This anti-Obamania trend is just another example of this.
It is true that Steve Sailer and co. were ahead of the curve on Jeremiah Wright. Sailer has been suggesting that Obama is a secret radical leftist for months now, with virtually no legislative or rhetorical evidence to support his claims. He is now being cited by mainstream journals as an authority on Obama's background largely because the mainstream right needs someone else to do the dirty work for them. Sailer, who is a brilliant writer and one of the more interesting commentators on demographics today, comes off as a race-obsessed nut, who doesn't want Obama to win because he is black. The beltway "conservatives" sure as hell aren't going to play that role even if that is part of their motivation. They will let Sailer do the background research for them, use it against Obama, and allow Sailer and his friends to take the hit as "racist" later on thus discrediting authentic conservatism once again.
It comes down to this. The Buckleyite right needs a research wing for the controversial "third rail" issues in American politics; immigration, race, sex and gay rights. Regardless of the intent, certain figures in the paleo movement continue to act as this wing, despite getting nothing in return (other than accusations of racism). Furthermore this "guilt-by-association" card being used against Obama is the very same card that was played against Ron Paul by the establishment right, as it always is when the Old Right starts to make a run for the endzone.
Richard Vigurie is right. It is time for the American Conservative movement to totally disengage itself from the Republican Party. Steve Sailer should not be writing strategy memos for McCain and the GOP from the pages of the American Conservative and VDare. Folks like him who continue to make these choices, are hurting themselves and their cause in ways that are apparently beyond their grasp. They do nothing for conservatism and nothing for a more honest politics.