One of the great joys from having been out of the country the past week is that I haven’t been subjected to the suffocating din of the 24/7-cable news cycle. No ‘Breaking News’ alerts have disturbed me over the course of the holidays until I happened to hear that there was a brewing race scandal in America regarding the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Naturally, my interest got the better of me and I discovered that some 12 years ago, Scalise spoke before the European-American Unity and Rights Organization run by renowned racist David Duke (R-LA). I do not know the Whip personally but he has a solid reputation within the House Republican Caucus for his integrity, intelligence and wisdom. If Scalise says that he had no idea he was speaking before a group of white supremacists, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
In fairness, my alarm bells would have been ringing off the hook if I received an invitation to speak before an organization run by Duke. Again, Scalise has expressed his regret for a “mistake” and that he had no idea of the group’s leadership. For his part, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has expressed his “full confidence” in Representative Scalise.