From the “Left Wing Cracker” –
You will never convince me, however, ESPECIALLY after the Gonzales USA scandal, that [the Tennessee Waltz] investigation was anything more than an attack on minorities and Democrats. One token Gooper is not enough to convince me, and it never will be.
Well, suit yourself, LWC, but if your bunch down there had taken care of John Ford et al on your own a long time ago, you might not have had this problem. Myself, I don’t buy the argument that Ford was targeted because he was a minority and a Democrat. If he was targeted at all, it was because he was dirty, something most Memphians have known for a long time and yet have completely disregarded time and again. And why? Well, in part because he was 1) an African-American and 2) a Democrat. You may believe that racism and partisanship played major roles in getting John Ford out of office. Fine. Believe what you want to believe. But understand this: those same two things played major roles in keeping him in office much longer than he would have been in a less dysfunctional political environment.