Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Monday, January 23, 2006

For the Sake of Consistency ...

... I should point out that this is really, really stupid.

Harry Reid was slammed yesterday for racial insensitivity to Italian-Americans. His crime? This statement:

"Having [Pennsylvania] Senator [Rick] Santorum talk about [ethics] reform is like having John Gotti talk about doing something about organized crime."

Well, it's a stupid thing for Reid to say, sure, but that does not justify the reaction:

"'Senator Reid's callous comment is shocking, unjust and inappropriate since it invokes the specter of organized crime in a criticism of an Italian-American,' foundation president Louis Tallarini said."

If identity politics used by Dems as a bludgeon to attack Republicans is ridiculous, it becomes no less ridiculous when used against Dems, even if I sometimes take a certain measure of satisfaction in watching Dems with the tables turned (for example, the hit Hillary took after telling an African-American group that Congress is run like a plantation).

Update: By request, this post at Protein Wisdom provides some good analysis into the Hillary! plantation fiasco. Long, but worth the read.