Clyburn on Palin: Great Moments In Not Getting It
In her response to the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 others in Arizona, Sarah Palin criticized journalists for manufacturing a "blood libel" against her. On a radio program this morning, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-SC) said that the former Alaska Governor "just can't seem to get it."Verily, 'tis possible. But what, exactly, does Clyburn think is going on here?
"You know, Sarah Palin just can't seem to get it, on any front. I think she's an attractive person, she is articulate," Clyburn said on the Bill Press radio show, according to The Hill. "But I think intellectually, she seems not to be able to understand what's going on here."
Clyburn said that his experiences in the Civil Rights Era gives him a different understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and action, and says what he sees and hears today reminds him of what he heard back then.
"I have some experiences that maybe she does not have," he said. "When I see and hear things today that are reminiscent of that period of time, I am very, very concerned about it, because I know what it led to back then, and I know what it can lead to again."
Yes, as a black man who lived through the Civil Rights Era, Clyburn certainly wouldn't want to see a return to the days where one group of Americans lived in dignity and freedom while another group had no rights to speak of ... unless Clyburn gets to belong to the favored group this time. Clyburn, you may recall, is the loathsome opportunist who responded to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords by saying TSA agents should give Congressmen special treatment in airports:
Clyburn called for the Transportation Security Administration, which administers airport security checkpoints, to interact “a little better” with the Capitol Hill Police.Note to James Clyburn: don't make this a civil rights issue, you flaming hypocrite. If you really cared about equality, you wouldn't try to make yourself more equal than others.
“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said.