Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Portrait in Nastiness. Tancredo's mouth is a marvelous, hateful object, as indicated by his latest on Miami.

On having his scheduled speech before the Miami Rotary Club cancelled on account of security concerns, this paragon of diplomacy and statesmanship said, according to the Miami Herald:

"I knew speaking your mind could be dangerous in Havana -- I guess it's equally dangerous to do so in Miami," Tancredo said in a statement. "Apparently, there isn't much of a difference between the two anymore.

"I hope to someday return to Miami when it has been able to extricate itself from the clutches of the radical multiculturalists."

The security concerns arise from the nature of the place where he was to give his speech, a restaurant called "the Rusty Pelican". I am very familiar with that restaurant. It is out on the causeway to Key Biscayne, and has very restricted parking availability. The crush of the press, police, political people, and ordinary Rotarians, not to mention the regular customers of the restaurant, would have made a horrendous problem for the restaurant and the club. If I had been the Rotary Czar, I would have found another venue for this man's speech. If Tancredo had any backbone, he would have helped find another venue. But he has as much backbone as he has good sense.

From time to time I celebrate my continuing registration as a Democrat. This is one of them. The day may be coming when I might even vote for a Democrat again.

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