One of the things that annoys me most about partisan politics is how it allows people to utter the most inane and ridiculous things and be taken seriously by their fellow partisans. Here’s a perfect example from former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay:
Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said in an interview yesterday that First Lady Michelle Obama was promoting “racism” when she pointed out in a commencement address this weekend that there is still segregation and racial inequality in America’s schools.
After playing a clip of the first lady’s speech, Newsmax host Steve Malzberg asked DeLay, “I’m not sure what she’s pushing for. Is she looking for bussing?”
“What she’s pushing for is racism,” DeLay responded. “Michelle Obama and Barack Obama can’t do anything unless there’s a certain amount of race involved in it.”While DeLay conceded that there are racial inequalities in some “inner cities,” he blamed that “leftist organizations” who have “have completely destroyed the education system.”
“Mostly around the country, race has no part being played in our education system,” he claimed. He speculated that the Obamas talk about racial inequality “because it keeps people motivated to see their point of view, their world view, and follow them right over the cliff.”
Only on Planet Wingnuttia could someone say something this stupid without getting laughed off the stage. The mere act of pointing out that there is still racial inequality is viewed by ideological buffoons like DeLay as the only genuine racism that exists.