Yesterday, the Washington Times boosted the case of those of us who have complained about aspects of the extension of certain counterproductive portions of the Voting Rights Act by noting that President Bush himself opposed those provisions while governor. Today the Times runs a photo that makes me sick: Karl Rove shaking the hand of and laughing with the (not very) Rev. Al Sharpton at the South Lawn ceremony at which Bush signed the extension. It’s bad enough to pander to political correctness by passing and signing a bill that is quite arguably unconstitutional and certainly unfair and bureaucratically unwieldy. It is even worse to pander to today’s ridiculous double-standards by including Sharpton, of all people, among the guests invited to the ceremony. Sharpton is a well known and well documented fomenter not of racial harmony but of absolutely dangerous, indeed deadly, racial discord. Even worse is the timing of effectively honoring Sharpton, through this invitation, at the very time that Israel is engaged in pitched battles with terrorists. What does Israel have to do with it? Well, Sharpton’s past has repeatedly given rise to serious charges of anti-Semitism. The worst was the arguably Sharpton-inspired lynching of a rabbinical student during the Crown Heights riots in 1991. Said Sharpton then: “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
Why is this man at the White House, why is Karl Rove laughing with him, and why is he even welcome ANYWHERE in polite company?!?!?!?