Wednesday, July 09, 2008


The best part of stories like this one is always the (semi-)apology:

A banner slogan on the Pemberton Republican Club's Web site that said, "Obama loves America like O.J. loved Nicole," disappeared yesterday after local Democrats alleged racist campaign tactics.

The Web master, Ed Kuck, a recently elected Republican County committeeman, said he had seen the slogan on an Internet site and copied it onto the club's Web page about a month ago as "a joke."

He removed it yesterday from the site,, after a community person told him it would offend people, he said.

"I found out it was inappropriate, and I took it down," Kuck said, adding: "I just want to apologize to anybody who was offended, because that wasn't our intention at all." ...

That's right -- he found out it was inappropriate. The inappropriateness had been unknowable to him, but then a wise and well-informed person revealed obscure, arcane knowledge that opened his eyes and allowed him, for the first time, to grasp the inappropriateness.

It was, as they say, a teachable moment.

Via Blue Jersey, here's a screenshot:

The Pemberton Repubs have taken down not just the illustration but their entire site.

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