The GOP’s Latest Trent Lott Moment
Old habits are hard for the GOP to break. Yesterday the GOP-controlled House was in a debate surrounding a questionable bill to shield gun manufacturers from liability from lawsuits stemming from the criminal use of firearms. In response, a Democratic amendment to prohibit the sale of firearms to those in drug treatment or drug addicts was introduced, and solicited a Trent Lottian response from GOP Representative Barbara Cubin of Wyoming.
A House debate over gun rights legislation erupted into a racially charged dispute yesterday when a Republican lawmaker from Wyoming seemed to equate African Americans with drug addicts or people undergoing drug treatment.
Yesterday's debate suddenly veered from guns to race when Cubin criticized a failed Democratic amendment that would have banned gun sales to drug addicts or people in drug treatment. After noting that her sons, ages 25 and 30, "are blond-haired and blue-eyed," she said: "One amendment today said we could not sell guns to anybody under drug treatment. So does that mean that if you go into a black community you can't sell any guns to any black person?"
That statement speaks for itself. Any pious self-serving statements from Denny Hastert in response to the Trent Lott matter lose their credibility with every day that Cubin goes without a retraction or apology. Neither will come because her statement reflects what she feels.
Cubin’s whoring for the gun industry is not a surprise, given her geography and the identity of her number one campaign contributor in the most recent cycle, and number three campaign contributor in the cycle before that. But the overt racism still catches me by surprise, even though we are talking about the GOP here.
After seeing how many days of bad press coverage Democratic Representative Jim Moran of Virginia got for pointing out the Likud domination of our foreign policy, let’s see how many days of bad coverage Cubin gets for her statement.