Kind Of Crazy, But It Just Might Work

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Against the establishment of “hate crimes”? Really? Great. I’m with you there Mr. President.

Oh wait, you mean just in the cases of gays. You’re evidently cool with the other kinds, to wit:

The Administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crime based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin. However, the Administration believes that H.R. 1592 is unnecessary and constitutionally questionable. If H.R. 1592 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Here’s a thought: instead of yet again beating the anti-homo drum, why not get rid of all the federal “hate crime” laws? Why so selective? (Yes, for anyone tempted to chime in here, I know the real reason.)

UPDATE: Sullivan notes a few extra tidbits of info, noted by others. See especially Ponnuru, taking a more charitable view toward the administration’s position, observing that it expands the reach of federal hate crimes for many classes of people far beyond where it is now. A fair point. But that doesn’t seem to be the reason organizations like Concerned Women for America are against it.

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