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Sunday, December 22, 2002

Flood the Zone VIII: Did I Have A Point?

Yes. Josh Marshall, who was unable to remember the controversy around Kennedy's election (Scroll down for "The Time Machine"), seemed similarly unable to remember instances of Democrats exploting the race issue. Thus, I marshalled a bit of contemporary history to help with the answer to his question:

The question is whether the party as a whole benefits from the use of racism or race-tinged wedge issues in certain parts of the country and whether the party as a whole makes any efforts to say such behavior won't stand. In the case of Republicans and race the answer to the first question is clearly 'yes' and the answer to the second question is 'not nearly enough'.

Well, Mr. Marshall is much too partisan to address this question within his own party. Others, however, may find it to be interesting.

UPDATE: Spoiler Alert! No, "Flood the Zone" is not a reference to the big finish at Isengard in "The Two Towers". I blame Mickey and the NY Times. Hey, in a race-based bonus, my man de-bunks Marshall on Frist. Ouch!

OK, "Disingenuous Alert"! Marshall responds: But does Mickey remember that Sharon Pratt Kelly won election as Mayor of Washington, D.C. in November 1990 and didn't leave office until early 1995 -- a couple months after Frist won election.

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Barry was Mayor of DC from 1978 to 1990 and then again from 1994 to 1998. In other words, the four years prior to Frist's campaign were the only four years out of twenty when Barry wasn't mayor of DC.

Well, Barry was elected in November 1994, the same election period during which Frist uttered his now infamous remarks. Unless Barry fell out of the sky on Election Day, he was probably campaigning prior to the election, just as Frist was. Barry was back on the D.C. council in 1992, and presumably announced his mayoral candidacy during 1994. Legitimate election issue? According to Kaus, Barry was citing his connections to Sasser during the 1994 campaign.

Where is the credibility?

UPDATE: Deroy Murdock of NRO has his own list.

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