Monday, July 18, 2005

Steele is a Weasel (sorry for demeaning all weasels out there)

We all heard about the whole Ehrlich and the country club debacle. By now mentioning that Ehrlich held a fundraiser at a country club that discriminates against blacks is passe. But on comes the kicker.

After the uproar by Marylanders who were enraged that Ehrlich would participate in any way with a club that has never had a black member, Lt. Gov. Steele told the Associated Press "I don't know that much about the club, the membership, nor do I care, quite frankly, because I don't play golf. It's not an issue with me." Ouch. That hurts. Especially when it is coming from a black man. So after a few weeks of screaming and hollaring by concerned citizens, Steele announced on WBAL "There is a sensitivity with respect to this issue, particularly in the African-American community, that cannot be lost...And that has to do with the fact that country clubs have been and are a symbol in the minority community of exclusion. And that's because historically there has not been access granted to African-Americans other than to work there in some capacity...For a lot of people, irrespective of the fact that this is a private club, that the government has no control or say over its membership list or anything else ... the symbol of this club, in 2005, grates."

Steele has made quite the turnaround here. He even admitted that his original reaction to the controversy was "flippant", and did not express his full thoughts on the issue. So why, we must ask, was Steele so terse with his original comments? The Sun reports Steele acknowledging "that my initial reaction to this was a little more flippant than it should have been" because he had just come out of a meeting discussing the management of nearly two dozen poorly performing Baltimore schools.

And yes, that is how you turn your own political mishap into a dig on our O'Malley. Of course this couldn't be Steele's own fault. He was merely flippant because he was frustrated over Baltimore's School system. Tada. Steele's not really an insensitive ass, he just has to fix O'Malley's problems, which can be a bit tiring.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger OnBackground said...

Thanks for pointing out not just the flip-flop, but how he used it to pivot to the problems in Baltimore.

7/18/2005 09:48:00 AM  

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