Sunday, February 27, 2011

Times Dispatch equates Kaine's concern for American workers with Allen's racism

The worst newspaper editorial board in the United States? The Richmond Times Dispatch? I think maybe so. Today's Times Dispatch contains this "gem":
Democratic activists would love to see former Gov. Tim Kaine, currently the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, take on former Gov. George Allen in a race for the Senate. Affable and sharp, Kaine would make a formidable opponent. But he may have had his macaca moment, and its name is Wisconsin.

The fight between public-sector unions and Republican Gov. Scott Walker needs little recapitulation. Many Virginians might not realize, however, that the DNC has been aiding and abetting the protesters in Wisconsin through its campaign arm, Organizing for America.
So let's get this straight; in the deranged minds of the editorial board of the Richmond Times Dispatch, Tim Kaine's display of concern for a group of American workers who are being threatened and oppressed by an out of control rogue governor is somehow equivalent to George Allen's use of a racial slur at a campaign event?

Last weekend I attended the Democratic Party of Virginia's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and I heard Tim Kaine speak. During Kaine's speech he said something that really resonated: for Republicans--like the conservative editorial board of the Richmond Times Dispatch--"care" is a dirty word. Kaine was speaking of Republican criticism of "Obamacare": "Obama" plus "care," get it? Republicans think caring is a bad thing. But Kaine's comment could just as easily apply to the Richmond Times Dispatch's editorial today: to their minds Kaine's actions to support the Wisconsin workers who are being stripped of their rights to collective bargaining is the same as George Allen barking racial slurs at a young man who was born and raised in Virginia.

Sorry to disappoint Bart Hinkle and his merry band of wingers, but there's really only one Macaca moment, and we have it on tape. Thanks for giving me an excuse to post it again. I'm sure you'll give me plenty of other opportunities as we get closer to November 2012.

"Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia." Yep, there's nothing else quite like the genuine article, is there Bart?

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