Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GOP senatorial committee needs a dictionary

WE WERE HAPPY to see the Columbus Dispatch's Joe Hallett set the record straight on the Republican Senatorial Committee's attempt to smear U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown by making one word serve for another. According to Hallett, the RSC found useful a column by a "GOP-friendly conservative" blogger quoting Brown that Congress was a little more "niggardly" on spending money when the veterans came home from the war.

Well, now. Pure racist gold for Brown's Republican opponents, who have been sinking more deeply each day into the muck to portray Brown as something that he isn't. To the blogger's credit, Hallett wrote, the blogger placed the correct non-racial definition at the top of his post. To its discredit, the RSC removed the definition and mass-mailled the blog post to news outlets.

There are two ways to look at this untidy event: The RSC is either trying to advance another myth, or it is too dumb to know what the word means. We like the second choice. But we're not sure.

1 comment:

David Hess said...

The fact that the Republican Senatorial Committee deliberately intended to remove the headline from the blog is prima facie evidence that it maliciously meant to mislead the casual reader. This was not "dumbness"; it was malice.