William Bennett is a hypocritical family-values wingnut, the author of several moral primers
whose "moral" authority was left in tatters some years ago by the revelation that he was a gambling addict
His recent comments
that aborting all black babies would lower the crime rate are surprising only in that he spoke them aloud in the public forum. After all, even in this age of a cowed and compliant press, and of a plurality of Americans that march in lockstep with the commingled drumbeat of the GOP/Religious Right political machine, openly expressing genocidally racist opinions is (for the time being) generally frowned upon.
Yet, there he was on his talk radio show, spilling the contents of his dark and twisted heart
for all to hear. To call his comments the morally reprehensible ravings of a deranged eugenicist
is perhaps letting him off easy.
President Bush, however, doesn't seem to see it that way. A quick check of the headlines (MSNBC
, The New York Times
) might give the impression that the President had publicly repudiated the hate speech spewing from the mouth of one of the Right's preeminent "thinkers".
What he actually said (well, what his lying mouthpiece
actually said) was this: "[President Bush] believes the comments were not appropriate."
Well, that's a relief! W. thinks that expressing belief in the efficacy of a genocidal abortion program is, indeed, outside the bounds of the appropriate.
Notice, however, that the statement approaches nothing that resembles a condemnation of the beliefs
underlying Mr. Bennett's remarks. It seems that the President takes umbrage only at the fact that these beliefs were expressed in an inappropriate (read: politically damaging) fashion.
The White House response is a dismal repeat of the tepid reaction to Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of Hugo Chavez: express mild disapproval, all the while holding hands under the table with the GOP's Religious Right base, and slyly winking at their clueless fellow-travelers in the nation's heartland.