The Kennedy Kerry Klan?

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.

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