Alas, Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum has accused Vice President Biden of “playing the race card”.
First and foremost, what the hell is the race card? Besides being just plain stupid, it’s a vague, nebulous and ambiguous metaphor. Nobody knows exactly what it means, mostly because nobody cares. All anybody really knows is that once the charge has been leveled, the chargee is supposed to summarily and apologetically retreat, ashamed at having used the term in the first place, knowing all the while he is banished from any future philosophical discourse simply for having the audacity to have been accused of the offense. And there’s never even any follow up. Once someone plays the race card, the conversation is over. The race card often does more to end dialogue than a hydrogen bomb.
I suppose, however, Mr. Biden, being so accused, becomes one of the few white men to have been charged with playing the race card, that honor has usually only been reserved exclusively for Blacks. Johnny Cochran was accused of playing the race card when he pointed out that Mark Furman was a racist. Barack Obama was first accused of playing the race card when he said McCain and other Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out that the Democratic candidate "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
But back to Rick. Did you play the race card when you said “I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them other people's money"? Where you playing the race card when you called President Obama a Government Nig? Were you playing the race card when you said “I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people?,”
You know what though, don’t even answer. Answering the question, only extends the stupid metaphor. If you want to call Joe Biden a racist, call him a racist. If you want to call him a bigot, call him a bigot. You know that if you did so, not even the lockstep marching right wing media would ask you for further explanation. You know, however, that the race card is yet another term that, when run through the ultra-right-wing-dog-whistle-hate-speech-filter, simply comes out as, “What do you expect from a Black guy” though in Mr. Biden’s case, the translation would have to be slightly different, but you get the picture.
So in conclusion, Mr. Santorum, Joe Biden DID NOT play the race card, but you are a Joker.