We’ll know there’s something seriously deranged about the blogosphere if this ridiculous story lasts more than 48 hours. Nutshell version: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tells an audience at a Lincoln Day dinner that
We don’t do Lincoln Day Dinners in South Carolina. It’s nothing personal, but it takes awhile to get over things.
Prompting a Democratic National Committee spokescreature to offer:
Joke or not, this is exactly the type of comment that Trent Lott made when he was deposed as leader. It has no place in public discourse…. He should apologize.
Right, except… not at all. If we take a second to wipe the foam off our lips before pouncing here, isn’t it pretty clear that, far from being some kind of racist comment, he’s actually poking a bit of fun at his own constituency? The understatement in “somethings take a while” is saying: “Yeah, some folks around there still haven’t come to terms with the South having lost the Civil War a century and a half ago. Ho ho ho.” Is it supposed to be that it’s impermissible to make light of the admittedly kinda-creepy residual attachment to the Confederacy? Someone needs to explain to me why this is worth talking about…