Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Umm, Lynching is Bad, M'Kay?

I don't have any new sources, but I've been looking over the lists on various blogs of which U.S. Senators did not sign on as co-sponsors of the anti-lynching bill. There were about 15 Senators who missed the boat, if you excuse the one who caught it after it had already sailed.

Look at the states they come from. Both Republican Senators from Mississippi Burning. Both Republican Senators from Idakkko. Both Republican Senators from Why-oh-whyoming. [Postscript: I do not suggest by any means that everyone from those states is a raving racist; only that there are enough raving racists that their Senators are afraid to say that lynch mobs are a bad idea.]

Then there's Texas Senator John Cornyn, who spoke so eloquently of the importance of racial diversity in our judiciary.

Spineless panderers to the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nation, and ... Wyoming? Gee, you'd think they might have learned something from the Matthew Shephard killing.

On the other hand, to those who make intemperate calls for regime change by assassination, I say you might as well get your white sheets, because you're no better than a lynch mob.

Update: AMERICABlog is keeping a tally of the Senators who have and have not yet co-sponsored the resolution. Even though the resolution already passed by a voice vote, it is still possible for a Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor. One of the Idaho Senators has done so, but it turns out that both Texans have not. Thanks to Eschaton for the link to AMERICABlog's latest tally. — 2005-06-15 1:27 P.M.