Political discourse is in such a sad state, these days. People on the Right viciously brand Democrats and Liberals (capital “L”) with ridiculous comparisons, while simultaneously charging us with doing the same to them. And they get away with it. Here’s the latest example, involving Governor (and likely 2008 GOP Presidential candidate) Romney of Massachusetts, who was introduced by attorney Gerald Walpin at a Federalist Society event:
“Today when most of the country thinks of who controls Massachusetts, I think the modern day KKK comes to mind – the Kennedy, Kerry Klan.”
Romney laughed along with the audience, The Boston Globe reported in a story for Friday’s edition, and thanked the speaker for “a very generous introduction.”
I’m not sure which part is more ridiculous, but since Romney promptly backpedaled and apologized. As for Walpin, the comparison is more than offensive – it’s ahistoric, given all the work Sens. Kennedy and Kerry have done in the area of civil rights.
Why not also assert that Rosa Parks sat at the front of the bus for States’ Rights? That makes about as much sense as this KKK joke.