Commenting on Byron York’s post about how the Democrats outmaneuvered the GOP on ACORN (never mind the endless ongoing scandals), Glenn Reynolds opines that “Republicans are insufficiently relentless.”
He’s right, they are, and I think there’s a poorly understood but well-oiled mechanism behind it.
When Republicans are relentless, they look like bigots. Think Jesse Helms.
When Democrats are relentless, they look compassionate. Think Clarence Darrow.
This is a longstanding principle of conventional political wisdom, enforced relentlessly by the pro-Democrat MSM.
Nothing fair about it, but I think it goes a long way towards explaining why the Republicans hesitate to be relentless.
The fear of looking like a bigot takes its toll, as does the fear of being called a bigot.
BTW, I think it’s no accident that the outmaneuvering in question here took the form of adding “experts in the fields of consumer protection, fair lending and civil rights, representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, or representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgage loans” (code language for ACORN) — at the behest of the very relentless Maxine Waters, who wants conservatives probed for racism.