Anti-Torture Racism?


Yesterday at TAPped, Sam Rosenfeld noticed a bizzaro hypothetical deployment of the race card against critics of Condi Rice, when Fred Barnes pulled out a weird line to the effect of: I'm not going to explicitly say they're racists, but I bet Dems would call it racist if we did this to one of their black appointees. Rosenfeld finished: "One winces to anticipate what some of the 'color-blind' crowd will have to say when the Democrats actually put up a fight against Alberto Gonzales' confirmation tomorrow." Good call,Sam:

"Every Hispanic in America is watching how this man is being treated," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, at Wednesday's Judiciary committee hearing, in what sounded like a warning to Democrats.

Man, does that mean I'm supposed to be pro-Gonzales now? But wait, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero has a Spanish-sounding last name too. I'm so confused. Which knee-jerk ethnically-based position should I take, Orrin?