Friday, July 24, 2009

End this distraction

I stated in yesterday's blog that President Obama had spoken to Prof. Gates. This apparently is not true. No matter, it still was a big mistake for the President to say anything more than admit to not knowing the facts. Saying this plus remarking that racial profiling is bad serves to suggest that this case involves racial profiling, which apparently is not so.

It has become clear that Prof. Gates acted provocatively, and also that the "disorderly conduct" charges were dropped because they were exaggerated and couldn't stick (see the comment on yesterday's blog).

While Prof. Gates would probably disagree, I don't think his tiff with Sgt. Crowley is important beyond being another town-gown scuffle. Let's get back to healthcare, the economy etc.

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