August 18, 2006
Andrew Young's Trent Lott Moment?

Andrew Young's endorsement of Cynthia McKinney seemed a bit odd since Young has a reputation as something of a statesman rather than a rabble-rouser. Judging by comments in today's AJC, the McKinney endorsement does seem in keeping with Young's view of the world:

In an interview published in Thursday's Los Angeles Sentinel, Young was asked to comment on whether he is concerned that Wal-Mart causes mom-and-pop stores to close.

"Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood," the Sentinel, a newspaper serving the African-American community, reported. "But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables. And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they've ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores."

Of course, it's likely that the left-of-mainstream media will mostly give Young a free pass (there doesn't appear to be anything on CNN.com as of this writing) unlike the treatment of Lott or the recent treatment of George Allen. All such comments are repugnant, not just the ones uttered by Republicans.

ADDENDUM: An email from a friend reminds me that Young will definitely get some flak from the left-of-mainstream media--they'll go after him for saying something positive about Wal-Mart.

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 10:26 AM in Politics

The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it. -Adam Smith

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