House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is hearing calls for his resignation after the Washington Post revealed that he gave a speech to a white supremacist conference in 2002.
Scalise being a member of the House GOP leadership, and votes on leadership positions being about a week away, the real story has quickly become how this will affect Speaker John Boehner.
I’ve got no tolerance for white supremacists, and I believe that anyone who is a member of a white supremacist group or who supports their ideology doesn’t belong in the Republican Party.
That’s because historically they belong in the Democrat Party. Not only was the KKK founded by Democrats, but the Democrats for years had an honest-to-gosh Klansman in their ranks, Sen. Robert Byrd, who was admired and praised to high heaven when he died in 2010 because he had supposedly changed his views.
Scalise is in hot water for speaking, 12 years ago. According to the Washington Post, “The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post earlier this year, confirmed through an adviser that he once appeared at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. That organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
I’m not worried about labels assigned by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is itself one of the premier hate groups in the country. But addressing any organization founded by David Duke is just stupid.
Duke is one of those people the Left pretends is a run-of-the-mill conservative. While he hides behind conservative phrases like “family values” and tries to pass as a Christian, one suspects that he keeps his robes and pointy hat well-ironed and ready to wear at a moment’s notice. Duke has run for office several times, alternating between registering as a Republican and a Democrat, depending on how the tea leaves read.
The reason all of this is causing problems for Boehner is that Scalise was Boehner’s mistake, rising to the high post through Crybaby Boehner’s good graces.
Boehner at this moment is deeply worried about his power. Earlier in the month, he thought he was making a slick, pre-emptive move against conservatives by working with President Obama to pass a spending bill that insulated Obama’s executive amnesty from attack.
But once the bald-faced betrayal of America became evident, the sheer wall of anger against Boehner has the speaker trembling behind his desk.
He must be thinking that the last thing he needs is for the Scalise scandal to shine a light on his lack of judgment, so he’s taken the desperate move of publicly stating his confidence in Scalise, a move that could backfire if more revelations come out.
This whole situation presents a bit of a dilemma to conservatives.
The Democrats have had and still have numerous open racists leading their party with no backlash against liberals because many of their racists are black or Latino. However, even ones as transparent as Sen. “Sheets” Byrd are overlooked because, hey, it’s the Democrats. How can it be fair then, to demand the resignation of someone just because he gave a speech to a questionable group 12 years ago?
That’s on the one hand.
On the other hand is the argument that Scalise, Boehner and all the other Republican leaders currently quaking in their boots have proved themselves to be such rat bastard RINOs that they need to be removed from office, and if a little speech scandal can be the lever that dislodges these buzzards from the seats of power, then they should be used to do that.
I have a lot of sympathy with that argument.
If Boehner wants to back up his buddy Scalise and wind up going down with the ship, so much the better.