The first word is racist: Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and presidential candidate (he was R-Colo) has been, stridently [though to be fair, that may just be the only way he knows how to address issues] calling Justice Sotomaor a racist, mostly because she said having a greater breadth of experience might make her a better judge than someone who was more privileged in their youth. I agree with her.
So, how did the anti-racist Tancredo react to one of his speechwriters had karate chopped a woman while calling her a nigger, as he was walking down the streets of DC?
Well, said speechwriter is no longer employed by Tancredo, directly. He's gone from being a speechwriter for a failed presidential bid. These days he's an "Executive Director" for Tancredo's Team America PAC.
The second word they don't understand is Lynching
Team America PAC Co-chair Bay Buchanan (sister of Pat Buchanan, treasurer of Reagan's election campaigns and Former Secretary of the Treasury) said: Last month the left wing blog, One People's Project, posted a story about one Marcus Epstein. Within this story it was reported that two years ago next month Marcus assaulted a black woman in Georgetown calling her the "n" word.
What happened next was a modern day lynching by a faceless, angry, ignorant mob who reveled in the collective assault on their victim. They had wounded an adversary and drawn blood -- without pausing to ask how so talented a young man could have found himself in such a mess.
Whoa... "Found himself in such a mess..."?!?! This isn't something like being evicted because your roommate didn't come up with the money for the rent. He didn't find himself in this mess. He karate chopped someone on the street while calling her a nigger.
It didn't just happen he did something. He admitted it when he plead guilty to doing it.
I write this story not as an excuse for Marcus' actions. There is no excuse. Marcus would be the first to admit this, and he has, many times.
We'll see, but it certainly looks as though making excuses is precisely what she's doing.
Marcus is half Jewish, and half Korean. He has a pronounced speech impediment, an exceptional mind, and a remarkable talent for writing. But it was only after this incident that I came to fully appreciate his finest qualities.
In his final semester of college Marcus awoke in a deep depression. He had no idea what was happening to him. He only knew he couldn't do his work. Some days he couldn't get out of bed. That summer he began the long process of diagnosis -- bouncing from one doctor to the next, from one medicine to the next.
While his intelligence and ability were evident, Marcus had serious problems. He drank to excess and suffered periods of deep depression. One Sunday early in 2007 Marcus called and asked if he could come to my home to talk. He was afraid of what he might do if he were alone another minute.
As he sat in my living room my heart broke. Never had I seen a person in so deep and dark a place. He spoke for hours of being a failure and disappointment to family and friends. He didn't think he could live in this tomb of despair any longer.
After exhausting himself emotionally he went to one of my spare bedrooms to sleep. He stayed several months and left only when he felt he was strong enough to be on his own again. But the demons were too great.
So... it wasn't that he's a racist, it's that he was depressed, and suffering from alcoholism.
Ok... but not ok. She is making excuses. He's not responsible. He was depressed and drunk, and he's better now so can we all forget about the past?
It doesn't work that way. One has to own up to what one did (this is part 12-step, and part my Catholic upbringing, which Ms. Buchanan ought to understand, as she had the same sort of upbringing), absolution comes from admitting one's sins, being contrite, and making amends.
What she's arguing for is a pass. Given his writings (which have links to his works at Lew Rockwell and VDare) I'm not really wondering anymore, how this, "nice guy" found himself in this mess. It seems pretty much in keeping with his beliefs, and the bottle just reduced is inhibitions.
And it's not a "lynching". It's not even about him, really. If he were just some random guy, even a random Republican player/operative, this wouldn't be news. This is someone whom the PAC of Tom "Sotomayor is a Racist" Tancredo is paying. Someone the PAC has gone out of it's way to help. They didn't give him a placeholder job so his bills would be paid, no, they made him an executive director. It may be they have dozens, and the title is actually meaninless, but that's not how it looks (and to be honest, I doubt they have the sort of budget for that).
Lynching is a pretty specific term, and has some aims and goals; mostly to keep a group in line by making it plain that stepping out of bounds is fraught with peril.
This isn't that. He attacked someone, he plead guilty. So far it's no big deal. But his boss, who has been beating a the "racist" drum about a nominee to the Supreme Court kept him on after this. One suspects his early admission to UVA Law was in part because he had contacts who advocated for him (his admission has since been revoked... Buchanan blames, "the left blogoshpere," but I'd like to think the guilty plea might have had a little to do with it).
What this entire post (and the meat of the controversy) is actually about is that third word the players in this sordid little tale don't seem to understand.