February 21, 2004

shall we throw rice, or lob tear gas?

SPOT THE WINGNUT. From Friday's press gaggle at the White House:
Q Since the President is, under Article II, Section III of the Constitution, required to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," what specifically has he done with regard to more than 2,000 violations of California's marriage law by the Mayor of San Francisco? And I have a follow-up.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think we just went through this subject at length when Terry brought this question up, and I told you what we're doing.

Q -- he hasn't done it --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we're closely looking at these events.

Q Is he in touch with Governor Schwarzenegger on this issue, do you know?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know if they've had a conversation. Certainly, we're aware of what the Governor has been doing, as well.

Q When there was massive law-breaking on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, Governor Reagan sent in the National Guard, just as the 101st Airborne was sent into Little Rock, whose schools were breaking the law. And my question: Does the President believe those actions are wrong? And if not, why hasn't he asked Governor Schwarzenegger to take action against this massive law-breaking?
The reference to Berkeley would be this:
On Thursday, the day the sheriff's men started blasting away with their shotguns (leaving one onlooker very likely blinded for life and many others wounded-the San Francisco Chronicle carried a photo of an officer firing his shotgun at a young man who is running away with his back turned), Rector, along with many others, had scrambled up to the rooftop to get out of the line of fire and the tear gas.
And this was Reagan's famous comment on the situation:"If there has to be a bloodbath then let's get it over with."

So we have a White House reporter [edit: Les Kinsolving, as it turns out] openly calling for a military crackdown on weddings. Maybe his job is to make W look moderate. Maybe he's trying to cast the aWol issue in a new light - "while John Kerry was surfing in Vietnam, the National Guard was bravely busting hippies' heads." Or maybe this guy's just a bloodthirsty bigot.