Oliver Willis compares Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s statement that Pawlenty would consider whether the 10th Amendment allows a state to opt out of a potential federal health care plan with to George Wallace standing in the doorway to bar blacks from the University of Alabama.

Here is the quote from Pawlenty that gave rise to Willis’ over-the-top analogy:

“Depending on what the federal government comes out with here, asserting the 10th Amendment may be a viable option but we don’t know the details. As one of the other callers said, we can’t get the president to outline what he does or doesn’t support in any detail. So we’ll have to see. I would have to say that it’s a possibility.”

Doesn’t sound like Pawlenty had a racial motivation for being willing to consider what was best for his state to the extent permitted under the U.S. Constitution. In fact, a Governor would be derelict in duty not at least to consider what constitutional options a state had to oppose a misguided federal policy.

So why use the George Wallace analogy, with photo and all, except to smear Pawlenty and others who oppose Obama’s health care proposals as racists.

Will the use of the race card never stop? Have people like Willis never heard of the concept and consequences of crying wolf?

Politicized accusations of racism are so commonplace at this point as to have lost all meaning. Happy now?

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