How low can the Democrats go? How low can the Republicans go?
New York’s blind governor David Paterson is affable and likable, but I no longer have any respect for the man. First there was his wholly improper attempt to force New York State to adjust its laws to homosexual marriage. And now there is his gratuitous charge that Republicans have been using a racially tinged argument against Obama. WCBSTV reports:
… At the Crain’s Business Forum this morning, Paterson drew attention to a phrase used numerous times by speakers at the Republican National Convention to describe Barack Obama’s leadership experience: community organizer.Of course, Obama has made his three years as a community organizer central to his biography and to his supposed preparation for the presidency, mentioning it far more often than his eight years as a state senator. He also (as Kirsten Powers has pointed out) made fun of the size of Sarah Palin’s town and called her a “former mayor,” when she is a sitting governor. She was therefore perfectly justified in striking back at him by mocking his experience as a community organizer. She did not criticize the work of community organizers as such (though she certainly could have done so). Her point was simply that the job of community organizer does not entail the same kind of executive experience as the job of mayor. Yet for this entirely legitimate comment, hysterically outraged Democrats have accused Palin of deriding community organizers, and now a Democratic governor accuses her of making a veiled racial put-down of blacks.
In their false charges against Palin, the Democrats have been behaving contemptibly. But in their wholesale abandonment of principle, the Republicans have been behaving contemptibly. Welcome to the 2008 presidential election, in which both parties deserve to be routed and destroyed.