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FRONT ROYAL, VA — It’s an election year; and liberal pundits complain of listlessness, confusion, cowardice, and more in their ranks.

Not to worry, says Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer. He tells “Meet the Press” that the party will do fine this November – if Democrats turn out.

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But how to make sure they do, when their midterm turnout is usually low?

Their quiver is pretty empty. “Hope” is hopeless. Time to turn on Old Faithful.

That’s right. “Republicans are racists.”

This time around, the whiner’s Wheel of Misfortune points to Rep. Paul Ryan, who dares to question whether the seventeen trillion dollars the government has poured into LBJ’s War on Poverty has been well spent.

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Hey! No Trespassing, Mr. Paul!

You can’t ask whether a program works. How dare you question our good intentions!

The Left has always considered any such inquiry to be what philosopher Eric Voegelin calls the verbotene Frage – the “forbidden question.”

This trope is a fundamental ingredient of any mendacious ideology, but it must be wielded as a bludgeon to impart the desired effect.

Ryan committed his capital sin when he suggested in an interview that federal policy address “this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.”

Paydirt! The desperate Left had found their bogeyman. Ryan’s racist “code words” are “highly offensive,” charges Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Note that the lady does not call Ryan’s remarks “untrue” – just “offensive.”

Feeling, not reason, must rule for the desperate to triumph.

Reality check: extensive studies prove that illegitimacy and fatherless homes are the primary causes of the syndrome Ryan identifies. Race has little or nothing to do with it.

But the hucksters are hyping “sensitivity” here, not common sense. So, having chosen Ryan as their designated sinner, the Left’s ward heelers have hitched up the Bigotry Bandwagon to distract their voting blocs from the mountain of disasters their party leaders had spawned.

After months of cacophony and chaos, they’re finally on the same page.

The hacks who once peddled hope now peddle hate, all with newfound gusto.

Will it work?

Maybe not, Rev. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, tells the Tribune’s John Kass.

“African-Americans have been taken for granted by Democrats for years and years,” says Meeks. “Our people are stuck in terrible schools, our streets are full of crime, there is blood in the streets and there are no jobs. So what did we get exactly from the Democrats for all our years of loyalty?”

Sorry, Pastor Meeks. That’s a forbidden question.

The Black The Hacks Love To Hate

The Left can’t stand Dr. Thomas Sowell because he digs deeply to confront the forbidden questions head-on. Young black men were not victimized by “race hustlers” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when Sowell was growing up, walking miles to his first job until he made enough to afford bus fare.

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