Today, Congressman Steve Scalise admitted to speaking to a white supremacist group that was founded by convicted felon and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. He claims that he “detests” hate groups. That said, are we to believe that he will denounce his own party? Let’s be frank– who hates more than the Republican Party?
I find it very interesting that many of Scalise’s constituents are the very same people who elected David Duke to the state legislature in 1989. I’m sure they don’t have a problem with his speaking engagements. In fact, I imagine that they are quite cool with this one, in particular.
When an enterprising blogger broke the story, my favorite cat box liner, the Times-Picayune picked up on the story and confronted Scalise.
“Confronted with the report, Scalise told the Times-Picayune that he did not remember speaking to the white supremacist organization but did not deny that he had done so.”
One thing I’ve learned about politicians (and I’ve known many) is that they will speak to anyone as long as they deliver the votes and the long green.
I think you can sum up Steve Scalise by his comments in Roll Call in 1999:
“The novelty of David Duke has worn off,” said Scalise. “The voters in this district are smart enough to realize that they need to get behind someone who not only believes in the issues they care about, but also can get elected. Duke has proven that he can’t get elected, and that’s the first and most important thing.” Electability, rather than the odiousness of Duke’s views, seemed to be pre-eminent in Scalise’s mind at the time.”
Translation: In other words, I agree with him, but we need a guy who can get elected and mask his racism and economic terrorism a little better… Hey, what about me?!
But then again, I don’t know why we are so interested in him speaking to a white supremacist group. Judging by his policies, isn’t he already a member of one? Yeah, it’s called the Republican party.
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