Wednesday, February 15, 2006


The NAACP gives 51 of 55 GOP Senators and 98% of Republican house members a grade of "F" on its "Civil Rights Legislative Report Card." Here's how many of the 20 bills that the NAACP rated legislators on related to what most people would regard as "civil rights."

None. Well. Maybe one. The NAACP supported a Ted Kennedy amendment to exempt civil rights litigation from the class action reform bill. I can't see how that would advance the cause of civil rights but Teddy works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, so I'll give them this one.

All of the other votes had to do with spending money on stuff, approving CAFTA or opposing the President's judicial nominees. In other words, the NAACP rated legislators on whether they were liberal. That is, of course, its right to do and it can even argue that liberal policies are better for black people. But its misleading to suggest that they are about "civil rights."

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