Quote of the day, egregiously gratuitous smear edition

posted at 10:00 pm on June 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

“When President Bush’s ‘grand bargain’ on immigration fell apart, Jeff Sessions, the Republican senator from Alabama who is named after a pair of famous Confederates, was very proud.”


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Oh…I doubt they learned anything.

boomer on June 29, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Wow, some people are just stuck on stupid. “Like a boy who just popped his lynching cherry.” Where in the heck did that come from and what does it have to do with anything? Absolutely disgusting.

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Allah, I hired Ben Evans as a reporter at The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, some years ago. He was a good reporter with no obvious biases back then. He left to work for Congressional Quarterly and apparently later landed at AP. Looks like he’s read and absorbed the AP Stylebook’s chapter on condescending snark.

rivlax on June 29, 2007 at 10:15 PM

speed911: That was a joke.

madne0 on June 29, 2007 at 10:16 PM

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Speed, Ace just added the cherry-popping line himself.

rivlax on June 29, 2007 at 10:17 PM

Objectivity. Nuance. The highest standards of journalism.

Associated Press. They got the first three letters right.

Thomas the Wraith on June 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Sessions doesn’t yet have any serious competition for next year’s election, but he has no doubt pleased many constituents with his hard-line performance on immigration.

May this darling man live long and may his constituents reward him for a long time. And may America honor him.

The AP did him a favor. Their vile and envy is glaring.

Kisses Mr. Sessions for being a manly man, and at once a gentleman.

Entelechy on June 29, 2007 at 10:21 PM

They’d be marching if the problem was millions of French-speaking, white-skinned immigrants pouring over the border with Canada right? Right?

This is from one of the comments at Ace. And my answer is heck yeah! Has this race card bit not been played out yet in these open border discussions? Race is irrelevant, the borders must be enforced, period.

hollygolightly on June 29, 2007 at 10:23 PM

Ok, I apologize. I misunderstood the general snarkiness of the post. So, erase the whole cherry popping lynching line, the reference to Confederates and the comment about bouncing on his toes is actually part of a “news” article? Add to that the word “crowed”…….I worked in the printed news media for years and I’m here to tell you, those kind of comments are supposed to be reserved for the editorial page, not a news piece. Maybe I missed the “editorial” identifyer. Who knows.

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:24 PM

speed911, yes. Hence the addition of the completely over the top phrase to complement the original over the top phrases.

Yep, the news according to WaPo.

Pablo on June 29, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Wait, the AP is an unfair liberal POS?! Whaaa?!

You should have included this paragraph too AP (though I know you wanted to choose just one, and made the right choice):

“Hopefully our Senate has learned some things,” Sessions crowed on the Senate floor on Thursday after his colleagues killed a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration law, bouncing on his toes and struggling to contain a grin.

WTF!? Wow, don’t even try to hide it anymore guys.

For those who didn’t follow the link, Ace added a bit on to the end of that paragraph (in bold below)

“Hopefully our Senate has learned some things,” Sessions crowed on the Senate floor on Thursday after his colleagues killed a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration law, bouncing on his toes and struggling to contain a grin, like a boy who just popped his lynching-cherry.

So when I read his own comment that followed:

Okay I added the “like a boy” part. And the boldface. Everything else is real.

I assumed he meant the entire paragraph, because I almost couldn’t believe the AP would display their bias so blatantly, but I followed the link to WaPo, which published the piece, and learned quickly that I gave the AP too much credit… something I tend not to do. I’m nothing if not suspicious of the AP and willing to believe they’d do just about anything at this point… but this is just out of control now folks.

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

More smearing from the article (though you see the writer attempted to mask it in a mini-biography of Sessions… which doesn’t really belong in the article either)

His deep Southern roots are evident in his full name: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, a family name handed down from his father and grandfather after the former president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, and General P.G.T. Beauregard, who fired on Fort Sumter in 1861 to open the Civil War.

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 10:34 PM

BEN EVANS = Jerk

Jeff Sessions would have been a great judge. The stupid democraps “borked” him bad. Pay back is hell.

Zorro on June 29, 2007 at 10:36 PM

They sure hate the fact that Senator Sessions just helped save the Republic.

Being insulted by AP and WaPo is a sure sign that you not only did the right thing, but that you were also victorious!

INC on June 29, 2007 at 10:36 PM

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

That’s the same sink hole I fell into. First I thought it was just an insane editorial, then I figured the whole paragraph was a joke. I’m honestly disgusted (although not completely surprised) at what is being passed off as news. This is NOT news, it’s a partisan hack job from the first word to the last. If this is what people are turning to for their source of information, it’s no wonder this country is so divided. Nothing like a transparent attempt to dumb down the ignorant masses. A news story is supposed to tell you who, what, when, where and why….facts only. Adjectives and blatant descriptors are neither necessary or appropriate. Ugh, I’ll just shut up now. lol

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

The AP’s just angry because it didn’t control American policy, for once.

amerpundit on June 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Ya’ll mean Billy Jeff Clinton was named after a Confederate, too?

Dang! So Monica Lewinski was a stand in for Lincoln?

And Hillary is Bull Run?

This all makes sense now!

“South of the Border”, indeed!

profitsbeard on June 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume Bill Evans, the author of the piece, isn’t related to this guy:

fiatboomer on June 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume Ben Evans, the author of the piece, isn’t related to this guy:

fiatboomer on June 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Oops.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_A._Evans

fiatboomer on June 29, 2007 at 10:39 PM

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Seriously… this entire story was completely pointless. They could have made mention of Sessions in an overall story on the immigration bill being shot down, but instead this idiot wrote this story just to smear him, while masking it in general pointless trivia about Senator Sessions.

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 10:39 PM

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 10:39 PM

I agree with your sentiment, however I do believe there’s a point to the story, that point being to belittle and degrade the “other side.” Darn good attempt which would have been much more effective if only the ignorant masses were as ignorant as they assume we are.

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:48 PM

This just in….
As reported by the AP(Associated Perpetrators).

Ben Evans has been hired by Harry Reid to go find Tommy and warn him to go back to Mexico. A travel fund has been set up at the Bank of Felipe in Washhouse, D.C. (District of Calderon). Funds have to be deposited in Pesos.
Well wishers may also sent bon voyage cards at the Hallsnark website. Other donations are welcome.
Note: Chertoff has offered to donate all his lettuce heads so Tommy doesn’t run out of food, that is if they receive enough dineros to drive a semi-trailer. So please hurry and donate because the lettuce heads are beginning to rot.
—-Drum rolls….. you are so welcome.

Mcguyver on June 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

I’m sure glad to see the WaPo fair and balanced approach they want from everyone else.

Nothing like a little vindictive sour grapes to ease the pain of losing.

Speakup on June 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

“His deep Southern roots…”

Read hillbilly racist, right? After all, it is an AP story, correct?

thedecider on June 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

I wonder if we’ll ever see this in an AP story:

“The car bombers, who were muslim, …”

SouthernGent on June 29, 2007 at 10:53 PM

So, according to the fairness doctrine, a less left-leaning news source should be printing a “news” article about Ted Kennedy, who was the driver in an accident that lead to the death of a young woman who drowned when Mr. Kennedy failed to report the accident, experienced a near-sinkable episode on the senate floor when he failed to accept the results of a democratic vote.

Just sayin…..

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:58 PM

“The car bombers, who were muslim, youths…”

Spirit of 1776 on June 29, 2007 at 11:00 PM

The immigration fight put the MACHO back in being a Republican (pun intended). The lid has been pried off one mighty big can of whoop-ass in the last two weeks, and it shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste on a few smug grins. This is the right time to be pushing border fence construction, ending foreign aid to all countries that practice Sharia law, ending earmarks and other unconstitutional Congressional spending habits and putting a stop to this grotesque “fairness doctrine” swill. Congress needs to understand it is playing with fire when it tinkers with citizenship and free speech and instigates confiscation of earnings so that our Reps can play Santa. Demand that Congress accelerate the border fence construction NOW. We’ve just won a great goal line stand; it’s time to play smash mouth offense.

T J Green on June 29, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Hey, the AP is always happy to take cheap shots at conservatives, especially Southern ones. The facts, like the disproportionate number of Senate Democrats that also opposed the shamnesty bill, are irrelevant. What’s most important is that we know that Sessions was named after two Confederates (and is therefore by implication a white supremacist who eats babies and kittens). Not only that, the villain was also an Eagle Scout, which is enough to send shocked liberals to the fainting couch with the vapors.

This is what passes for journalism these days, as the dinosaur media lurches closer and closer to its own extinction. I for one can’t wait.

ReubenJCogburn on June 29, 2007 at 11:01 PM

They’d be marching if the problem was millions of French-speaking, white-skinned immigrants pouring over the border with Canada right? Right?

Not marching, shooting. Digging deep pits with pointy sticks in them. A little Spanish we can tolerate. French? Not so much.

TexasDan on June 29, 2007 at 11:05 PM

…who is named after a pair of famous Confederates…

The compound-idiocy of that smear is that the AP even seems to believe it constitutes a smear in the first place.

Yes, terrible people, those Confederates! Stonewall Jackson. Robert E. Lee. Degenerate, honorless scum, all of them!

If there’s one thing even a passing familiarity with the personalities (as distinct from the politics) of the Civil War renders rapidly clear, there was an ample supply of good, bad, and ugly on both sides (I daresay the Lee family has far more to be proud of than the McClellans).

Sometimes I get the impression journalists simply aren’t particularly well-read folk.

Blacklake on June 29, 2007 at 11:06 PM

Sessions had unsuccessfully prosecuted three civil rights workers (including Albert Turner, a former aide to Martin Luther King, Jr), on a case of election fraud for the 1984 election. Sessions spent hours interrogating black voters in predominantly black counties, finding only 14 allegedly tampered ballots out of the more than 1.7 million ballots cast. The three civil rights workers were acquitted after four hours of jury deliberation.[3]

During his nomination to federal court, it was revealed that Sessions had once labeled the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “un-American,” “Communist-inspired,” and had said that they “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” At his confirmation hearings, Sessions said that the groups could be un-American when “they involve themselves in un-American positions” in foreign policy.[3] Sessions also stated about the Ku Klux Klan, “I used to think they’re OK,” until he learned that some Klan members were “pot smokers”.

Boy, you sure do pick ‘em, Allah.

Fragility on June 29, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Alabama is a poor state with a large population of black American working-class persons (white American, too). Senator Sessions helped to ensure that some of those people can get jobs–at least those who want one. But of course, the AP know which way to spin the senator and his efforts.

baldilocks on June 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

Fragility on June 29, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Well, the NAACP and the ACLU are un-American and they do force racism down the throats of people who wouldn’t ordinarily be racist. Gotta back Sessions up on that one.

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

knows

::puts in request for preview function::

baldilocks on June 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

baldilocks on June 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

Mark says it’s in the que!

Spirit of 1776 on June 29, 2007 at 11:28 PM

hollygolightly on June 29, 2007 at 10:23 PM

He was being snarky too.

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Fragility on June 29, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Wikipedia and “The New Republic?”

Slublog on June 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Wikipedia and “The New Republic?”

Slublog on June 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

The New Republic? In my Wikipedia?

Its more likely than you think.

Sorry, got nothing. It just popped into my head.

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:39 PM

I’m a weird random person.

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:40 PM

2008 election: I Want Partisanship! To HOLE with transparently fakey ‘bipartisan” , reach-across-the-aisle, compromising, deal-making backslapping! I want the sneaky, envious, cockroach mentality on parade in this piece of “journalism” DEFEATED!

How do you REALLY FEEL, RB?

Well, AssPress, you just go ahead and attack a newly minted American Hero, with your slyyyyyyy little smear. I’ve got your number, Washington Compost.

RushBaby on June 29, 2007 at 11:41 PM

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Heh. I just find it funny when people cite Wikipedia. You might as well use a random myspace emo blog to support your assertion. It would be just as accurate and much more fun to read.

Slublog on June 29, 2007 at 11:42 PM

So, according to the fairness doctrine, a less left-leaning news source should be printing a “news” article about Ted Kennedy, who was the driver in an accident that lead to the death of a young woman who drowned when Mr. Kennedy failed to report the accident, experienced a near-sinkable episode on the senate floor when he failed to accept the results of a democratic vote.

Just sayin…..

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Well technically I think the fairness doctrine only applies to public airwaves, while WaPo and the AP are private companies… but your comment was still hilarious, as I was thinking along the same tit-for-tat track.

RightWinged on June 29, 2007 at 11:45 PM

Wow, Fragility, nice smear job. I wonder why this aspect of Senator Sessions’ career doesnt find it’s way into Wikipedia:

“I had the opportunity, as U.S. attorney, to be involved in prosecuting a number of Klan members for an illegal action. It resulted in the death of a young black man for no other reason than because of his race. One of those individuals is serving life without parole and another one is on death row today. As U.S. attorney, just last year, that death sentence was upheld by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. I expect, as months go by, that he will be brought forward to execution, as he should be.

Arising out of that case, under the leadership of one of America’s most capable lawyers, Morris Dees, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Klan. It resulted in the winning of that lawsuit because of the Klan’s policies that encouraged violence. That organization itself was held responsible for the criminal actions of its members. As a result of that action, the Klan headquarters was forfeited and sold for the benefit of the family that suffered death in that case.”

http://sessions.senate.gov/pressapp/record.cfm?id=178362

Morris Dees, head of the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center, testified in favor of Sessions’ 1986 judicial nomination, by the way.

Nice attempt at a smear, though. Are you sure you don’t work for the Associated Press?

Jack M. on June 29, 2007 at 11:47 PM

knows

::puts in request for preview function::

baldilocks on June 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

Wanna preview? (for the ten thousandth time I have seen this.) Why not open a message form in your email function and type whatever comment you want to make in there – preview – preview – preview – rewrite – preview – spell check – preview – rewrite – preview —- highlight it all and hit copy. Go to the comments form and – paste.

Then find the Submit Comment button and hit that…..

Werks fur mee – sea

News2Use on June 29, 2007 at 11:49 PM

The people who write these smears have no shame, they are the real bigots. Including Fragility, our resident smearmeister.

infidel4life on June 29, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Jack M. on June 29, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Yep, now what about Senator Byrd?

EnochCain on June 29, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Slublog on June 29, 2007 at 11:42 PM

Eh, I dunno. If its a static thing with no political significance, its not bad if you want basic shallow info, or a quick random reference. Anything with a strong political angle I would take with a salt lick, as well as anything that you want real important issues.

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:57 PM

Dang, Baldilocks, seems you just can’t do anything these days without getting corrected.

Sheesh.

RushBaby on June 29, 2007 at 11:57 PM

I wonder how many people get my 11:39…

Bad Candy on June 29, 2007 at 11:58 PM

…Hillary Clinton, named for an exploiter of both the Moari and Sherpa peoples, could not be reached for comment…”

Nosferightu on June 30, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Enoch,

I’m not here to defend Senator Robert “Sheets” Byrd. He’s a Democrat, after all, so I will leave it to Fragility and you to reveal his virtues to the rest of us.

The suggestion that a distinguished public servant like Senator Sessions is of the same cut as Senator Byrd, however, just shows how offbase and desperate your criticisms are.

Jack M. on June 30, 2007 at 12:04 AM

Jack M. on June 30, 2007 at 12:04 AM

Um dude, I was being sarcastic.

EnochCain on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

Sesions is an obvious tool.

Bush is and was an obvious fool.

I believe a near-total political enema is in order.

awake on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

awake on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM

Sessions is not a tool. He’s the man in the arena.

Slublog on June 30, 2007 at 12:08 AM

Enoch,

I apologize to you then. I thought you were trying to compare the two men.

It just gets old seeing the trolls trot out these tired old attacks that lacked merit 20 years ago, as if they are somehow important today.

Sorry for lumping you in with them. I’ll know better next time!

Jack M. on June 30, 2007 at 12:09 AM

Jack M. on June 30, 2007 at 12:09 AM

I agree and no problem I probably should have been more clear on the sarcasm.

EnochCain on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Well, the NAACP and the ACLU are un-American and they do force racism down the throats of people who wouldn’t ordinarily be racist.

LOL, gotta love that cliche “Fascism rocks, and if you disagree with you’re obviously a communist” persona. Sorry, kid, but grow up. McCarthyism stopped being cool back in the 1950′s. You know, when the NAACP was fighting segregation? Or was that un-American of them?

But don’t you dare question whether or not some conservatives are racist!

Fragility on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

But don’t you dare question whether or not some conservatives are racist!
Fragility on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Ah, liberal talking points. They’re like warm milk, or Linus’ security blanket.

Slublog on June 30, 2007 at 12:12 AM

Boy, you sure do pick ‘em, Allah.

Fragility on June 29, 2007 at 11:22 PM

How come you haven’t called for Senator Robert Byrd to resign from the Senate for his history of a dispicable and active membership in the Klu Klux KLan?
Doesn’t bother you that a once card-carrying race supremicist is all comfy in the Democrat Party? And they don’t have him in the back closet, like some dottery old uncle, but up front: the White Face of the Democrat Party in the Senate.
Until you haul Byrd out of there, you have no moral authority to complain about Republicans.

naliaka on June 30, 2007 at 12:20 AM

Ah, liberal talking points. They’re like warm milk, or Linus’ security blanket.

Slublog on June 30, 2007 at 12:12 AM

More like Snoopy’s Red Baron fantasy.

infidel4life on June 30, 2007 at 12:23 AM

Fra

gility on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Well, since you chose my comment to use as the springboard for your worn out “fascist, commie, McCarthy,” screech, how about you show me when I said communist or fascist in my post? How about if you show me where I said there are no racist republicans? How about you show me what a brilliant, stunningly mature person you are that you would call me “kid.” It’s ok, we’ll wait………

speed911 on June 30, 2007 at 12:24 AM

But don’t you dare question whether or not some conservatives are racist!

Fragility on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Did you know that the National Rifle Association defended the 2nd Amendment Rights of African-Americans against the efforts of Democrats who were trying to strip Blacks of the right to self-protection against groups such as the Klux Klux Klan?

naliaka on June 30, 2007 at 12:24 AM

Sorry, I have BQDD….. block quote disability disorder.

speed911 on June 30, 2007 at 12:26 AM

Sorry, I have BQDD….. block quote disability disorder.

speed911 on June 30, 2007 at 12:26 AM

Far better that than Fragility X syndrome.

naliaka on June 30, 2007 at 12:41 AM

Far better that than Fragility X syndrome.

naliaka on June 30, 2007 at 12:41 AM

How true. Oh, Fragility? Still waiting……….

speed911 on June 30, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Oh, Fragility? Still waiting……….

speed911 on June 30, 2007 at 12:47 AM

And the crickets are chirping as midnight rolls in here in CST. Our favorite new Trifle has either

1. gone to cock-a-doodle-doo on one of the lefty hate sites, or

2. gone to bed on the orders of its mom.

Cheers!

RushBaby on June 30, 2007 at 1:07 AM

It’s hard to put any belief in anything the AP reports. Hell, they can’t even spell check.

Anyway, I would have paid in pesos to see the Senators who voted against this bill to have thrown heads of lettuce at the villians who produced it. Not only great comedy relief, but a news story for the AP, regardless of the bias ;)

BTW, Sessions seems to be an honest and sincere man. Someone from another post said Sessions for POTUS. Not a bad idea!

Mad Hatter on June 30, 2007 at 1:09 AM

It’s hard to put any belief in anything the AP reports. Hell, they can’t even spell check.

Mad Hatter on June 30, 2007 at 1:09 AM

Heh, CNN is even worse.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/231984.php

Bad Candy on June 30, 2007 at 1:13 AM

Absolutely hysterical Bad Candy! Glad they had a copywrite on that, someone might plagerise them ;)

Mad Hatter on June 30, 2007 at 1:22 AM

Q

F15Mech on June 30, 2007 at 1:36 AM

“Jeff Sessions, the Republican senator from Alabama who is named after a pair of famous Confederates, was very proud.”

Rather ironic, someone jumping on Sessions, as he is one of the main heroes in stopping the Serf Institutionalization Act of 2007 (aka, slavery light).

MB4 on June 30, 2007 at 1:38 AM

it’s time to play smash mouth offense

Hey, you obviously just don’t understand the concept of Senate comity…
/snark

urbancenturion on June 30, 2007 at 1:47 AM

Wanna preview? (for the ten thousandth time I have seen this.) Why not open a message form in your email function and type whatever comment you want to make in there – preview – preview – preview – rewrite – preview – spell check – preview – rewrite – preview —- highlight it all and hit copy. Go to the comments form and – paste.

Then find the Submit Comment button and hit that…..

Werks fur mee – sea

News2Use on June 29, 2007 at 11:49 PM

Well, thanks for the suggestion. As a matter of fact, I do indeed compose my longer missives for my own blog–which I’ve rented for a number of years–in an offline program; usually Word.

I simply thought that I’d add my request for a preview function–which is a part of my own blog service and a part of many other blog services–to the countless other requests for the same. It would be a nice feature to have for this wonderful place which we love. I’d especially like to make sure that the html in a give comment is correct. Spelling and grammar are secondary concerns, but they are very valid concerns. (No disrespect to you great folks at Hot Air; MM, AP, Bryan, Ian. You don’t *have* to implement the feature.)

Dang, Baldilocks, seems you just can’t do anything these days without getting corrected.

RushBaby on June 29, 2007 at 11:57 PM

Hey RushBaby! No worries. I ain’t mad at him/her. (How’s that for conflating sayings from two very different cultures?) :-)

baldilocks on June 30, 2007 at 2:03 AM

Did you know that the National Rifle Association defended the 2nd Amendment Rights of African-Americans against the efforts of Democrats who were trying to strip Blacks of the right to self-protection against groups such as the Klux Klux Klan?

naliaka on June 30, 2007 at 12:24 AM

Indeed they did.

I recall that a certain Condoleezza Rice–a lady who grew up in Alabama–said that her father took the Second Amendment quite seriously. Said that his ownership of firearms kept his family alive back in the fifties.

As for my own (black) family, we’ve all been registered firearm owners for quite some time.

About the Old South in relation to black Americans: the Old South has had its trial by fire (sometimes, literally) in relation to American citizens of African descent. That part of our country actually experienced *two* civil wars and, as a result, came out better than other regions wrt to racism. It was forced to confront its ugly racism head-on and, therefore, get over it.

The rest of our country–especially Californians and North-Easterners-feel a bit smug toward white southerners because of the latter’s past, but the truth is that the Old South has become *less* racist than the two other mentioned areas simply *because* it was forced to confront its problems–unlike the other regions.

Anecdotally speaking, when I was in the USAF, I got called a n****r b***h while in uniform when I was stationed in Northern California and experienced other forms of overt racism while there. Conversely, I got nothing but free meals and free drinks in Texas and other southern states when it was discovered that I was a GI.

The north-eastern/western elitists need to stop looking down on the South for its past and need to concentrate on looking at its own present.

baldilocks on June 30, 2007 at 2:53 AM

From what I’ve seen of Sessions during this debate, he would have made a fine Supreme Court Justice. Unflappable, calm, prepared, and thoroughly familiar with the details of the bill. He never resorted to insults or incendiary rhetoric, and patiently challenged Reid on procedural issues in the cowardly absence of McConnell.

The AP couldn’t attack him on his performance, which was flawless and (gasp!) statesmanlike, both on and off the Senate floor, so they had to snark at his southern roots.

I think what really sticks in the MSM’s craw about Sessions is that he’s one of the few Senators that actually reads the damn legislation, then makes his case based on the law, and not on the words of the opinion-makers for the weak-minded at the Washington Post and New York Times.

Nichevo on June 30, 2007 at 5:38 AM

I sent it to him

tomas on June 30, 2007 at 8:33 AM

Sen. Martinez slams immigration bill opponents,
challenges them to act

Hows this for action, Mel?

Sign the Recall Mel petition. (Google it) You don’t have to live in Florida. He’s the RNC Chair also.

there it is on June 30, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Fragility on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

As the sole person here to defend anything that you have said I now have to say that you have gone over the line. Where your previous arguments have been factually based now you are just spewing hate. There are no perfect people and politicians are after all only human, that said Jeff Sessions is a fine human being totally undeserving of your vicious vitriol.

I am afraid after this display of shameless partisan mud slinging even I will be hard pressed to to give any serious consideration to anything that you post in the future. Thanks for destroying my belief that any liberal could engage in constructive dialog.

doriangrey on June 30, 2007 at 10:38 AM

baldilocks on June 30, 2007 at 2:53 AM:

Thanks for those words. I’m from the South and I’ve been tired of the way the NE looks down on us and presumes we’re racists if we’re white.

My grandparents were unfortunately part of the Old South, and my parents were a transitional generation. My generation is the New South.

INC on June 30, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Michelle has a link to the Recall Mel site.

Please sign it ESPECIALLY if you are a registered Florida voter.

INC on June 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM

speed911 on June 29, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Speed, Ace just added the cherry-popping line himself.

rivlax on June 29, 2007 at 10:17 PM

Welcome to the AOSHQ Lifestyle. If Ace is saying something serious, he’ll usually issue an alert, like: “WARNING: The following sentence can be taken at face value.” Otherwise, everything is presumed to be full of snark, jeering and anti-Scandi slurs.

TIP: It helps to understand AOSHQ if you’ll first drink lots of cheap vodka.

Ali-Bubba on July 1, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Please note that if conservatives make a big deal about Obama’s middle name being “Hussein,” this proves that conservatives are prejudiced. If liberals make a big deal about a Southerner being named for Confederates … well, that also provides that conservatives are prejudiced.

Whatever happens, in other words, the moral lesson is the same.

Liberalism is non-falsifiable.

Ali-Bubba on July 1, 2007 at 9:26 PM

How about a headline that reads “Kennedy Amnesty Bill Drives Through Bridge Railing and Drowns Slow Agonizing Death” or “Harry Reid Amnesty Deal Not as Profitable as Land Holdings”

sabbott on July 2, 2007 at 9:11 AM