GOP: Stop Playing the Race Card, It's a Dem Sham

Steele shouldn't be playing the Democrats' game
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks at the 100th annual NAACP Convention in New York.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – Harry Reid deserves all the grief he's getting for his gaffe but the Republicans should have resisted the temptation to play the race card, writes Jonah Goldberg. Michael Steele is right when he says the Democrats have double standards on racism, but calling for Reid to resign will ensure the Republicans will fall victim to "race-driven scalp hunts," Goldberg writes in the Los Angeles Times.

The affair is all the more ironic because racism is such a non-issue in today's politics, Goldberg argues. Neither party has a racist agenda, he notes. One wants special benefits for minorities, while the other favors the Rev. King's colorblind ideal. Both are well-intentioned, but "only the Democratic position gets lacquered with a thick coating of self-serving sanctimony and the benefit of the doubt from the media," Goldberg writes.

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