"What really set me off, however, was Mr. Jealous' attack on Senate Republicans who oppose the so-called 'jobs' bill. Mr. Jealous, in the time-honored tradition of past NAACP leaders, pulled the race card from the bottom of the deck:
'The Senate Republicans want to keep on using tactics, quite frankly, from the last that were used against black people in this century against working people. It's not enough to say no, no, no when people are suffering, suffering, suffering across the country...Unfortunately, yesterday's Dixiecrats have switched parties in too many instances.'
"What in the name of hyperbole does the Republican Party's principled opposition to the mislabeled 'jobs' bill have to do with the Democratic Party's racist past? The 'Dixiecrats,' disgruntled Democrats who wanted the party to continue its support of segregation and institutionalized discrimination, were obstructing equal justice under the law.
"Today's Senate Republicans, on the other hand, are acting as prudent stewards of the taxpayer's money, particularly after the debacle of last year's equally mislabeled 'stimulus' package, which was supposed to bring joblessness below 8 percent, but failed to keep it from reaching 10 percent."