December 31, 2014


Steve Scalise Falls Prey to Scandal Politics He Once Practiced (Michael Scherer,  Dec. 30, 2014, TIME)

Long before he admitted on Monday to accidentally speaking before a 2002 conference organized by white supremacists, the Louisiana Congressman was playing offense and winning. His target was Van Jones, a former Obama Administration official who had worked on clean energy initiatives. "The last green jobs czar we had left in disgrace because he expressed comments embracing communism and actually tried to blame the government, the American government, for September 11th attacks," Scalise said in 2011.

The facts surrounding Jones' views on the Sept. 11 attacks were far less cut and dry. Jones' name had been added to a 2004 online petition that suggested President George W. Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war." When the petition surfaced, Jones said the document "does not reflect my views now or ever." He said his name had been added by mistake, and he had never read the document. But as the game is played, Jones lost the round. He was tagged as the Obama Administration official who had signed a truther petition, and resigned his job.

More than five years later, Scalise finds himself in the same uncomfortable position.

Scalise didn't know? Who's he kidding? (JAMES GILL, Dec. 31, 2014, N.O. Advocate)

To accept an invitation from Howie Farrell and Kenny Knight, then act surprised they were fronting for David Duke, is like turning up at a rally with Goebbels and Goering and wondering how come there are swastikas all over the place.

When Steve Scalise gave a speech to Duke's European-American Unity and Rights Organization in 2002, no sentient being around here could have been unaware who Farrell and Knight were. They had for years been Duke's top henchmen, playing leading roles in his campaigns during a brief, but spectacular, political ascendancy. They never lost faith in his racist ideology and, Duke says, were the ones who arranged for Scalise to deliver his speech.

Back in 2002, Scalise was a GOP state rep from Metairie, as Duke had been a decade earlier. Duke had represented a different district, but when Scalise spoke to EURO, he had no reason to fear losing votes as a result. Although Duke had failed to get elected as a U.S. senator or governor, he had won a majority of the white vote both times, and the white vote was what counted on Scalise's side of the 17th Street Canal.

And the Right wonders why blacks distrust Republicans.

Posted by at December 31, 2014 6:12 PM

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