Today, as you’ve read, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience in Abu Dhabi: “Look we have extremists in my country. A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot in our country. We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence.”
This is little different from the sheriff in Tucson, Clarence Dupnik calling his state “a mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Last year, Sheriff Dupnik called members of the tea party “bigots,” and the sponsors of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law “racist.” Who’s promoting prejudice and bigotry? Who’s painting with a brush so broad as to lose all meaning of category?
It is the job of law enforcement officials to investigate crimes and to calm and cool passions –but he’s jumped to conclusions and used this terrible moment to further posture.
Both the secretary of state and the sheriff of Pima County need better understandings of their jobs right now, much better.