Friday, March 29, 2013

Don Young is a Bigoted Pinhead

Every now and again, a politician lets his mask slip. Then you get a glimpse of what really lives under the carefully presented public image.

Alaska Representative Don Young's latest gaffe included his referring to hispanic migrant workers as "wetbacks."

He assures us that he "meant no disrespect" and explains that this was a term in common use when he was growing up.

It turns out that when I grew up, we referred to racists as "bigoted pinheads." I'm sure that Don will understand that I mean just as little disrespect as he did in his original quote.

The Atlantic Wire posted an interesting history of GOP attempts to reach out to people who weren't "stuffy old white men."