May 01, 2004

Investigate Away

Another pesky investigation for DeLay:

AUSTIN—Travis County Attorney David Escamilla said Friday he will investigate a complaint that the Texas Republican Party may have illegally used corporate donations to influence state elections in 2002.

The criminal complaint was filed by two government watchdog groups, Public Citizen and Common Cause of Texas, in response to a Houston Chronicle article, published earlier this week, recounting how the Texas GOP handled $2.2 million in corporate contributions.

Also, on another note, Kevin Drum takes exception at the reaction of Josh Marshall, also voiced here, that President Bush’s comments about those “who don’t believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern” were a back alley way of implying his critics here and abroad are nothing but racists.  Drum’s argument, I think it’s fair to say, is centered on this point:

The fact is, there are plenty of perfectly respectable people who have argued that Iraq isn’t ready for democracy yet, and Bush is saying in no uncertain terms that he thinks they’re wrong.

Drum calls Marshall, and by the transitive property myself, “hypersensitive,” essentially saying it’s a stretch to take that as a slap in the face.  He gave me doubts at first read, but the more I thought about it the more I thought his argument was the stretch.

The reason being that while some “respectable people” may indeed doubt the possibility that Iraq can become a democracy, it’s not on the basis of “skin color.”  In fact anybody making the skin color argument would probably be unrespectable simply on that basis, so it seems flatly false to claim that Bush was responding legitimately and directly to “respectable people.”  Of course Drum is still one of my favorite bloggers, and we reference his work on the Texas GOP Platform a lot, but I thought it was worth answering his argument.


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