IAGO, the Shakespearean critics pretty much agree, “lacks motive.” Why does Iago hate the Moor so much? Asked another way, how was it that Shakespeare’s own audience seems simply to have accepted the situation as it was offered, as indeed is still pretty much the case with audiences down to our own time. Isn’t the most obvious answer implicit in the image of a black ram tupping a white ewe — an image that needs no further motive, being so repellant? Picture Mr. McConnell as our own Iago imaging up a black man in the very whited house imaginable. Does one discern froth around this gopster mouth and that? Why, really, might Mr. Gohmert want to impeach a President?
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