November 08, 2008

That 'ol "kindred spirit" argument

Colorado is thus far the only state to shoot down an anti-affirmative action referendum, this past Tuesday by a very slim 50-49%. (Votes are still being counted and if the margin gets to within a 0.5% difference, there'll be an automatic recount.) Opponents of the measure have opted to make use of a time-tested, albeit pathetically dishonest tactic: Noting which fringe groups also support the measure. And take a guess which fringe group backed Proposition 46 in Colorado -- the KKK.

Since the KKK supports an anti-affirmative action measure, that simply must mean that anyone who ALSO supports an anti-affirmative action proposal mjst agree with the KKK!! That's just what the group "No to 46" and its ally in the AP want to get across. After all, look at how they make out the measure's main backer, Ward Connerly, as some sort of Klan supporter:

Headline: KKK endorses Ward Connerlys initiative.

Ward Connerly, a California businessman who is pushing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative and helped to get similar measures passed elsewhere, was quoted in a documentary examining equal opportunity. The measure on Tuesday's ballot would ban the use of race and gender preferences in state government and university admissions.

In a video posted to the Web site, Connerly is shown saying, "If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equality is right, God bless them. Thank them for finally reaching the point where logic and reason are being applied instead of hate."

Of course, Connerly's whole point is that if the Klan has abrogated hate and embraced reason, more power to them. That makes perfect sense. But demogogues don't care a whit about reason. The KKK is a personification of hate, and to take advantage of it, well, let's tie 'em into Ward Connerly!

David Waymire, a spokesman for the One United Michigan coalition, which opposes the ballot proposal, said the comment is telling. "It really shows the extremism of the supporters of Ward Connerly and is an especially interesting contrast to the mainstream organizations that oppose Proposal 2."

Socialists and communists supported Barack Obama for president. Following Waymire's "logic," Obama must share the views of these groups. It's "telling." It shows the "extremism" of Obama supporters.

Our own Wilmington (DE) News Journal did the exact same thing as Waymire and Co. with former State House Majority Leader Wayne Smith a few years back when Smith sponsored an anti-affirmative action bill. A white supremacist group (probably the KKK, but I do not recall precisely) came out in favor of the bill, and the big brains at the WNJ editorial board actually used the term "kindred spirits" to describe the [non-existent] "relationship" between Smith and the group.

Posted by Hube at November 8, 2008 09:40 AM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

What's the old legal maxim? "When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table."

Supporters of affirmative action have have neither the facts (affirmative action is largely harmful to those it's supposed to help) nor the law (discriminating on the basis of irrelevant criteria is wrong no matter what your reasons for doing it) on their side, so they pound the table.

Posted by: Paul Smith at November 8, 2008 10:09 AM

I remember the wayne smith thing and the attempt to tie him with that group...what a joke....just goes to show how intellectually corrupt and dishonest the news urinal and the media and the left (all three the same thing) are.If you know wayne smith, you know he has solidly conservative views that are well thought out (theres a discrepency with the left). He is the type of leader that is now going to be missing in dover during these tough economic times. Cripes, Dover now run by the dem's...It looks like delaware will get hit with double tax increases-state and fed's!

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 8, 2008 11:21 AM

Ah, now the Right is suddenly against guilt by association! Where was your voice when John McCain and your party hacks attempted to use the same tactic against Obama?

Of course it's wrong when there is no substance to the allegation!

Posted by: Perry at November 8, 2008 01:51 PM

Perry -- get your head out of your flabby backside. Where, when, how is Ward Connerly IN ANY WAY associated with the KKK, hmm? Now, how is Barack Obama associated with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, et. al.?

That's right. You're an idiot. Plus, you didn't read what I wrote about Obama in the post.

Go back to digging up "facts" on the "stolen" 2004 election, moonbat.

Posted by: Hube at November 8, 2008 02:07 PM

guilt by association???!! A fringe group applauds your bill is comparable to holding your coming out political party in a bombers living room, sitting in the pew for 20 years and baptising your kids, taking money from a slumlord, praising a former plo spokesman...???????????? I guess this is just made up stuff from the right wing conspiracy circles? Wow.

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 8, 2008 05:04 PM

You gotta forgive Perry, c.f. You forgot his lithium today.

I'm just glad he's DOWNstate....

Posted by: Hube at November 8, 2008 05:35 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Downstate.? We are the only red area left in infiltration of liberal new castle county allowed!

Posted by: cardinals fan at November 8, 2008 07:39 PM