Five Points to the Republicans
The GOP often gets criticized (rightly, in my opinion) for circling the wagons when one of their own steps in it, especially when it comes to issues relating to race, gender, and sexual orientation. But, sometimes they get it right.
After Congressman Don Young of Alaska used the racial epithet “wetbacks” in referencing migrant laborers, GOP leaders came out in full force to denounce him and his comments, with Speaker of the House John Boehner leading the way:
“Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don’t care why he said it – there’s no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology.”
And when they do get it right, they ought to be credited for doing so. This is exactly the type of response that liberals have been demanding from Republicans before they take the party seriously on these issues. And while this is just one instance, it is a powerful instance nonetheless. It would behoove those of us who consider ourselves liberal to applaud the GOP leadership’s response and give them the opportunity to continue to prove our criticisms wrong.