Here comes another racially insensitive remark by a member of Congress so we should expect the media to jump on this and keep this going for the rest of the election cycle. Oh, wait it was uttered by a democrat and therefore deserves just a passing mention.
The latest incident concerns House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer from Maryland who told an audience of black businessmen meeting with Democratic Senate candidate Ben Cardin that Cardin’s opponent Michael Steele has had a career of “slavishly supporting the Republican Party.” In case you didn’t know Steele is black.
There will be conservatives who will jump on Hoyer and accuse him of being a racist. I don’t think he is racist, he just chose his words poorly. He has apologized and with the help of the media it will blow over as it should. On the other hand Sen. George Allen (R-VA) also suffered from a poor choice of words and has been mercilessly attacked by the press. Hoyer should easily win re-election while Allen is in the battle of his political life after the media attacks and baseless accusations.
This brings to mind the comments from Hillary Clinton in 2004 when she said of Mahatma Gandhi “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis” or Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) when he made the following remarks in July about Indians “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
There was brief media attention and now it’s all forgotten. Could it be that the D after their names has anything to do with it?
Conservatives seem to have a memory lapse as well. They could use these incidences of a media double standard to help their cause but for some reason have chosen to ignore it. In that sense they have joined with the media to give the dems a free pass this fall.