Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Out of Bounds

White House Strikes Back on 'Plantation' Comment - New York Times:
The White House said on Tuesday that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was "out of bounds" when she compared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation and harshly criticized the Bush administration.

Mrs. Clinton, at a ceremony in Harlem honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, said that Republicans had run the House "like a plantation" in which dissent or minority party ideas were not tolerated.

Republicans responded within hours, accusing her of trying to score political points with divisive and racially charged language. But several black leaders quickly came to her defense, saying they agreed with her.
Oh, you crazy Democrats, using the same language to describe a thing that Republicans used to describe that same thing. That's out of bounds!

“I clearly fascinate them,” Gingrich said of the Democrats. “I’m much more intense, much more persistent, much more willing to take risks to get it done. Since they think it is their job to run the plantation, it shocks them that I’m actually willing to lead the slave rebellion.” [Washington Post, 10/20/94]
More Republicans calling the House "a plantation" here.

Physician, heal thyself.