To me it smells like an indication of Democrats’ desperation. Steele is winning over African-Americans in Maryland, and if he wins over enough the Dems don’t have a chance of beating him, national trend or no national trend.
It also seems rather stupid. Democrats should remember that the Horton ads worked (Bush I was elected) although not for the reasons they think-i.e., they were racist. They worked because Horton was a murderer and rapist, and he committed those crimes while out on a weekend furlough. Michael Dukakis, Bush I’s opponent, defended the furlough program and even vetoed a bill intended to change it.
Finally, I like Steele’s response:
“When I look across the aisle, I see a Democratic leader who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” he said, referring to Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who has said his membership in the Klan as a young man was “a major mistake.”
“That doesn’t stop Democrats from taking his money,” Steele said.
He might also add that Al Gore was the first one to bring up the Horton issue in 1988, but that hasn’t prevented dozens of liberals from going to see his movie.
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