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DUMBEST WASHINGTON POST OP-ED EVER?

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Considering that the Washington Post regularly runs columns by the likes of Eugene Robinson, E.J. Dionne, and Dana Milbank — few of which I read — I’m hesitant to declare any Post op-ed its dumbest ever. Yet this piece by Colbert King, which argues that Mitt Romney may well be the new Andrew Johnson, surely is a strong contender.

Johnson was the racist president who succeeded Abraham Lincoln. Johnson tried to enable the former Confederate states to reenter the union without protection for freedmen’s rights, and he vetoed key civil rights legislation, including a bill that granted citizenship to freedmen. He also opposed the Fourteenth Amendment. Johnson famously wrote: “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government for white men.”

King presents no evidence that Mitt Romney is a racist. He points to no federal civil rights legislation that Romney has opposed, much less would attempt to repeal. He points to nothing in Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts that suggests hostility to civil rights for African-Americans or unwillingness to enforce their civil rights.

What, then, is the basis for King’s idiotic assertion of similarity between Romney and Andrew Johnson? King relies on the fact that, like Johnson, Romney believes in “states rights” and “mistrusts” the federal government.

But Andrew Johnson is hardly the only American president who believed in states rights and mistrusted the federal government. The same can be said of Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan, and many of the presidents who came in between. Why compare Romney with Johnson, rather than Jefferson and Reagan? The answer lies in King’s intellectual dishonesty.


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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 4th, 2012

    Nowhere is it mentioned that Andrew Johnson, the only president besides Bill Clinton ever to be impeached, was a DEMOCRAT. The tickets were mixed parties back then.

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  2. 66chevelle

    November 4th, 2012

    I’d say Biden fits the Andrew Johnson mold better. If Ibrahim Hussein Lincoln is watching himself on TV tonight in the Osama v. Obama thriller, he’d better look over his shoulder every now and then for a whacked-out, resentful showboating scenery-chewer…because Biden can play two parts at once. He’s. That. Good.

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  3. IronyCurtain

    November 4th, 2012

    Let’s face it, we’re all “racists” now.

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  4. Mr. Happy

    November 4th, 2012

    It’s racist fear-porn designed to mobilize a stagnant ethnic base.
    It’s little more than a print version of that 9-year-old kid who was saying that Romney is going to put them all back into the fields.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh5VPEoKG4A

    It smacks of desperation more than anything.

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  5. CrustyB

    November 4th, 2012

    King: “Romney be a WITCH! I saw him consort with animals! He’s in league with Lucifer!”

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  6. Chuck U Farley

    November 4th, 2012

    I live in the metro DC area and rarely even go on the WaPo site*. There are really no ‘deep thinkers’ there. They are increasingly becoming irrelevant.

    *when I do, I feel I need a shower afterwards.

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  7. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 5th, 2012

    It works for the WAPO’s remaining customers: youngsters, blacks, and emotionally afflicted whites.

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  8. BILL

    November 5th, 2012

    “King presents no evidence that Mitt Romney is a racist”

    its called “projection” !

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  9. Sara B

    November 5th, 2012

    Fortunately most lefties don’t know history so won’t even know who andrew Jackson is…thinking it’s probably a new brand of weed.

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