This ought to be good
Remember just after hurricane Katrina last year, when one poll indicated that Bush's approval rating among blacks was around 2 percent? Today Bush is going to address the NAACP, after declining to do so for five years in a row.
Why, all of a sudden, is Bush willing to address a group that despises him - and that he apparently despises? Could it be because the Senate is about to renew the Voting Rights Act, which affects blacks primarily? Could it also be because this is a midterm election year, and Republicans are afraid of losing Congress to the black-friendly Democrats?
The official word from the White House, of course, is that Bush wants to address the NAACP to show his commitment to civil rights. You know, just like he's committed to world peace, democracy, the environment, the economy, the Constitution, education, and catching Osama bin Laden.
In an embarrassingly revealing slip of the brain, White House press secretary Tony Snow said, "It is clear that in this nation, racism and discrimination are legally unacceptable..."
Legally unacceptable? What about morally and ethically? If the law is the only barrier between civil rights and racism, it's a flimsy barrier indeed, because Bush has about as much respect for the law as he does for civil rights.
Continuing his audition for an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Snow said, "I think the president wants to make his voice heard. He has an important role to play not only in making the case for civil rights but, maybe more importantly, the case for unity."