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Friday, May 26, 2006

The Race Card

From The Hill (H/T Legal Fiction):

Furious black lawmakers, rallying behind Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.), were pulled back from the brink of open revolt against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an emergency meeting with her Wednesday evening.

The meeting with a handful of CBC members was called after Pelosi wrote the embattled lawmaker, who is at the center of a massive bribery scandal, a curt note requesting his immediate resignation from the powerful Ways and Means Committee. . . .

Pelosi’s one-sentence missive to Jefferson called on him to vacate his committee seat “in the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus.”

Jefferson promptly refused, calling her request “discriminatory.”

Yes, she is discriminating . . . against legislators who are caught on tape taking a $100,000.00 bribe from FBI informants.. No other legislator has done that. Jefferson is in a class by himself right now, and Pelosi is being lenient, if anything.

It would be legitimate for Jefferson to argue that he should keep his seat until proven guilty. To cry racism only makes him look desperate. It also trivializes the real racial issues in this country. Each false shout of wolf makes everyone else reluctant to even investigate the next shout.