A matter of days after losing everything they owned, including their home, their pets -- everything -- and all because of a delinquent $75 fee, Gene Cranick and his family were excoriated and teased by multimillionaire celebrity televangelist Glenn Beck.
Instead of prayer, the president could have asked us all in his address to make sacrifices towards the goal of weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. It wouldn't have hurt. But it would have been mostly ignored.
Republicans will readily admit that trying to win over black voters has been a lost cause since LBJ, so why not exploit that loss by playing to white racial bias and thus locking down larger chunks of the white vote?