Think-Progress outraged that Sen. McConnell won’t play role of speech policeman
Posted by danishova on June 1, 2009
Paging Joe McCarthy. Modern ‘liberals’ think it is a duty to police the speech of private citizens (“members of the Republican Party”) and are outraged that a Republican Senator is not playing along:
On CNN’s State of the Union, however, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he has “better things to do” than to ask members of his party to refrain from accusing Sotomayor of being a racist. Host John King noted that McConnell is the “highest elected Republican in the United State of America” and asked, “would it be best that language like racist not be used?” McConnell demurred:
KING: Are Rush and Newt making it a lot harder by using language like that? […]
MCCONNELL: They’re certainly entitled to their opinions. … Look, I’ve got a big job to dealing with 40 senate Republicans and trying to advance a nation’s agenda. I’ve got better things to do than to be the speech police over people who are going to have their views about a very important appointment.
Of course McCarthy’s target was members of the Communist Party, many of whom had sworn allegiance to the Soviet Union, and the Left have played the role of First Amendment Martyrs ever since. But thanks to hopenchange, Senators are now called upon to censure citizens who point out that a candidate for the Supreme Court is a “reverse racist”, a logical conclusion based in part on her ruling in the Ricci case, and a statement Obama claims was “poorly worded”.