Quick Hits

Another day – another quick hit.

Via our friends over at Cold Fury and the Doug Ross comes a comment by Mary Frances Berry who previously served as the head of the US Civil Rights Commission. We remember Berry as the head of the commission that looked into the 2000 presidential election and whose staff leaked reports and documents that were later removed from the final report for lack of support.

As part of a blog on, participants were asked to comment on the “racist” allegations made against the Tea Party and its members.

Berry’s response is telling:

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

Berry’s position is clear. It is acceptable to brand a label opponents as “racists” when there is none. It is acceptable to play the “race card” when there is no bigotry.

That alone should speak volumes about the Berry herself and the party of which she is a member.

CNN is reporting on a press credential badge issued by the White House for reporters who are traveling with the president as he makes stops in Washington state, California, and Colorado.

The three states the president will visit are highlighted in white on the badge.

Only one problem: Wyoming, not Colorado, is highlighted.


To be fair, both states are rectangular, nearly identical in size, and stacked next to each other. But we doubt our third grade teachers would buy that!

If this were the Bush White House, the press and left would be all over this as an example of how “stupid Bush is.” As it is the Obama White House, there isn’t much commentary other than to laugh it off.

Wonder how the people of Colorado think knowing the White House can’t identify their state?

Or maybe it is one of those 57 states candidate Obama visited?

(Actually, we don’t hold Obama accountable too much for the “57 states” gaffe. Campaigning is hard work and it is easy to get confused or say something silly when out on the campaign trail. Then again, there is “Navy Corpse-man” being used not once. Not twice. But three times by Obama. That, dear readers, is unforgivable.)

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