Roll Call reports the following, which is catching on with the left as “proof” of Republican racism:
On Monday, Rep. Ted Poe took to the House floor to discuss foreign policy matters. To make a point, the Texas Republican invoked the words of Civil War Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Git thar fustest with the mostest.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The quotation got some floor watchersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ attention pretty quickly. Forrest is a controversial figure who was one of the KlanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first grand wizards. Although the Civil War hero (if you were a Confederate, that is) ultimately abandoned the Klan for its violent tactics, he continues to kick up dust.
Roll Call says, “WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worse than quoting the founder of the KKK on the House floor? Quoting him incorrectly.”
And what’s worse than quoting incorrectly the founder of the KKK? Having a former KKK Kleagle as a Democrat leader in the Senate and third in line for the presidency. They always seem to forget about ol’ Robert “Sheets” Byrd, don’t they?
This blog certainly doesn’t remember Bob:
ShouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t this (Rep. Poe’s comment) be a bigger deal? Given all of the racial problems of the Republican Party, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it rather scandalous for a Republican lawmaker to rely on the words of the founder of the KKK?
**Note to Rep. Poe: Apparently the Democrats won’t leave you alone until you actually join the KKK.