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Republicans and racial equality | Federal Way letters

I didn't know whether to laugh with incredulity or simply roll my eyes after reading the opinion piece about the "new Republican Party" in the July 25 edition of The Mirror. I did both actually, and now I'll tell you why.

Calling the new RNC big boy, Michael Steele, "Bill Clinton, minus the 19-year-old intern?" Oh, really? So, the Republicans are claiming genius and virtue these days? Right. Read the news. Follow the latest scandals. As for Steele, back in May he proclaimed that the GOP is through apologizing for its mistakes and will now only look forward as it reasserts itself. That's fine — except that they never apologized for their mistakes! They continue to claim they never made any. The Republican Party has blamed the state of the economy on the Democrats. They even found a way to spin the torture issue into an attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As for the Iraq disaster, no one has yet had the guts to look into the real causes and the corruption that followed. And in case the author of that article hasn't noticed, the Republican Party is still backing the likes of Rush Limbaugh — and Dick Cheney is still on the talk show circuit upholding the rationale for those mistakes Steele was allegedly talking about.

But this was also a dysfunctional article in that it was secretly hoping that we would conclude that the real issue is how the new Republicans are interested in racial equality. Yeah, maybe for a few votes.

Playing the race card against liberals — and expecting to be taken seriously? Funny.

Dave McKenzie, Federal Way

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