I was intrigued to see that a CNN reporter tweeted that back in 2005, in an interview with a Milwaukee magazine, Paul Ryan mentioned that his sister-in-law is Black and his college girlfriend was Black.
Interesting . . . not.
So what. As we know from recent press, Obama's girlfriend at Columbia was white. Bobby Jindal is Indian. Jeb Bush is married to a Latino. Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas is Black, and his wife Ginny is White, and when the court is not in session, they love to travel America in their RV.
No word yet on whether Ryan's sweetie was a composite like Obama's girlfriends in his autobiographies.
But in this post-racial world where the color of one's skin is not supposed to matter, trumped as it is by character, it seems this is relevant.
For the record: No, I am not calling Ryan a racist. I am saying, however, that if you want to know where a politician's heart lies when it comes to a particular community, it may be best to look at that person's policies -- such as his or her record on civil rights -- rather than personal relationships.
Fair enough, but I followed this writer's link about Ryan's record on civil rights, and eventually found out that the NAACP gave him a low rating:
2. He has a dismal record on civil rights.
For the 2009-2010 legislative session, the NAACP gave Ryan a 10 percent rating. That's out of 100 percent, with 100 indicating one of the absolute best records on civil rights and zero representing the worst. I guess, on the bright side, he didn't get a zero.
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John Thune of South Dakota is that outlier, a Republican who garnered a 93% approval rating by the NAACP on civil rights issues - wow! How did he do that? Lookign at various bills that could reasonably be construed as involving civil rights, I note:
-- He voted against the Employment Discrimination Law Amendments, signed into law by Barack Obama.
-- He voted against the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion, signed into law by Barack Obama.
-- He voted against the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as the HHS Secretary.
-- He voted against both stimulus bills.
-- He voted against Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court justice.
-- He voted for reinforcing the border fences.
-- He voted to prohibit funding to ACORN.
-- He voted against repeal of "Don't Tell, Don't Ask"
Oh, I could go on. I just think looking at numbers out of their context by a special interest group makes for a FAR stretch to declare someone as having a "dismal record" on civil rights issues.
Oh wait, I forgot - Paul Ryan is a Republican.
Well, that clears that up, doesn't it?