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There they go again -- those Republicans.

First, in a visit to Brazil, President Bush was surprised to find Blacks there. It's clear he doesn't know the history of the slave trade.

Then Senator Trent Lott was surprised that people were offended at his praising the 1948 states' rights, segregationist, Dixicrat campaign of Strom Thurmond on his 100th birthday.

Following that, Congressman Cass Ballenger, while defending Trent Lott on a North Carolina radio show, was surprised to discover that he too had "racial feelings" sometimes when former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney got under his skin. He said of her, "She's such a bitch." He was also surprised that the North Carolina NAACP was offended by a black lawn jockey in his front yard -- which he assigned staff to quickly white wash.

Congressman Howard Coble was surprised that Asian Americans took umbrage when he suggested that FDR was correct in putting Asian Americans in intern camps.

Now Senator Rick Santorum is surprised that many Americans are upset by his likening homosexuality to bestiality, bigamy, polygamy, adultery and incest.

And Democrats are surprised that I'm not reminding them of their own Democratic Party history.


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