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But in the case of people like Janeane Garofalo, it's clearly true.
Mailer described virtual reality thinking as a closed system of thought. Nothing from outside the system can be brought inside the system. Not only can no answers be found that aren't already locked into the system, but no questions that aren't already locked into the system can be asked.
In the case of Janeane Garofalo, it's clear what's locked into the system: racism.
Why do conservatives politically oppose Barack Obama? Racism.
Why do cosneravtives politcally support Human Cain? Racism.
She can find no other answer, because the ideological thought system she's locked herself into will literally allow no other answer. It's simultaneously a form of intellctual laziness and intellectual cowardice.
I think the punchline for the left is "you're racist. No matter what."
I doubt Garofalo would allow herself the indignity of having to share a conversation with a brilliant, articulate, accomplished, black conservative. People like Garofalo are very adept at preserving their narrow and shallow worldview. It generally involves hit-and-run tactics, and a LOT of hiding out from any unwelcome truths that might serve to shatter their delusions.