Once again the supine posture of the GOP allows Democrats to define the rules of engagement. Don Young’s use of a slur to describe Hispanic migrant workers has put the Democratic Party into overdrive as they vow to hang his stupidity around the necks of Republican office holders across the nation. Republicans, knowing their role, have thrown Young over the side and prostrated themselves before the media.
Don Young is an imbecile and probably a bigot. He is not someone any Republican should want speaking for the Party.
But doesn’t anybody here know how to play this game? When the Lieutenant Governor of California referred to black people as Niggers in a Black History Month speech, what did the GOP do? When West Virginia Senator, Robert Byrd, a former recruiter for the Klan, called people Niggers in a nationally televised interview, what did the GOP do?
The correct answer to both questions is…Nothing.
They got zero campaign mileage from either slur — not that they tried to get any. In both cases they let the unhooded Democrat apologize his way out of outrageous and indefensible calumnies. No political price was paid by either man or the party they represent.
When Democrats fumble the ball we pick it up, hand it back to them and resume the game as normal — with the Democrats on offense. Always on defense. Always on defense. And we wonder why the scoreboard with minority voters is so lopsided.
As Don Young is leaving, I wish he’d hold the door open so Priebus, Boehner, McConnell and the rest could go with him.
Author Wendell Talley
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