“From those incredible bloodlines of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and John Smith. All these great Americans, Martin Luther King. These great Americans who built this country. You came from them. And the unique thing about being from that part of the world, when you learn about breeding, you learn that you cannot breed Secretariat to a donkey and expect to win the Kentucky Derby. You guys have incredible DNA and don’t forget it.”
That was former Tea Party president Ken Crow addressing an anti-immigration rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. In attendance were keynote speaker Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Representative Steve King (R-Iowa). The rally was promoted by the conservative media, most notably Laura Ingram.
Whenever you get a bunch of far right leaning conservatives together someone is bound to say something stupid. Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are cases in point. Intentional or not, Mr. Crow’s comments provide a glimpse into the very soul of the radical right. And while some may pass off his concerns, that we are endangering the purity of our DNA by allowing Latinos in enter the country, as simply provocative rhetoric; these “gaffs’ seem to be occurring with greater frequency.
Ken Crow is not just some guy off the street. He is the former president of a movement that has managed to grind our political system to a halt. Legislators Sessions, Cruz and King’s attendance suggest that there are those in Washington that find Crow’s comments credible.
Speaker Boehner has a problem. He can allow racists like Sessions, Cruz, King and other right wing wackadoos to block immigration reform and kill any chance the Republican Party has of winning a national election for the next generation. Or he can call them out for the racists they are, cobble together a compromise immigration bill with Democrats, and give his party a good chance of winning both the House and the Senate.