Friday, September 30, 2005

A fool Republican

posted by Rob at 12:03 PM


UPDATE: Rush spent the first hour of his program "on the offensive" over Bennett's remarks. I agree with him that the "hack website" is, indeed, just that, but Bennett's use of the example of "you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down" is just asinine on more than one level.

For example, you could abort all members of any race and the crime rate would go down. White people commit crime. Latinos commit crime. Abort them all and, all things remaining equal, there'd be fewer crimes committed.

And why single out "black" babies? For a high-profile conservative to do so, with no prompting whatsoever, only adds to the myth that conservatives are, by their nature, racist.

That said, one other point on which I agree with Rush - idiot statements by Republicans/conservatives always gain more media attention than similarly stupid comments by Democrats/liberals. One could make the argument that whites/conservatives are held to a higher standard than blacks/liberals. The media expect the latter to make ignorant comments, but are surprised when the former do.

Call it the media's soft bigotry of higher expectations.


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