"I don’t go around denouncing people."
-- Mississippi Governor Haley "Boss Hogg" Barbour on the request that he speak out against a push to create a state license plate honoring Confederate general, slave trader and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Last night on CNN, John King let a spokesperson for the NAACP and one from the Mississippi chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy go at each other; the result was entertaining, although not really all that surprising.
Unfortunately, what King didn't do was ask the question I always want to see put to one of these stars-and-bars-saluting clowns whenever he tries to defend the memory of the Civil War-era South, making the tired argument that the Confederacy is an "important part of our nation's heritage" and deserves to be paid tribute to. Just once I'd like to hear someone say, "Do you believe that the South was wrong -- that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of the Civil War?"
I guarantee the response would be the kind of tap-dance that'd put Stepin Fetchit to shame.