This Fox News story featuring Rep. Dick Gephardt’s clarification of his recent statement, “When I’m president, we’ll have executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day,” helps Gephardt–but not in the way he thinks.

His explanation continues to be rather muddled. But the quotations from the other Democrats vying for the White House make Gephardt’s IQ seem quite impressive:

When asked what he would do regarding the affirmative action issue, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, also pledged to turn affirmative action policies into law. “If this president doesn’t want to let us be one nation, then it’s time to elect a president who will let us be one nation,” Kucinich said.

Huh? So, Bush is making us more than one nation. Kucinich would fix that by by dividing people into racial categories and singling some out for special treatment.

“The president has divided us,” former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (search) said. “He’s divided us by race by using the word ‘quotas.’ There’s no such thing as a quota at the University of Michigan, never has been.”

Right. Sure, they gave 20% of the maximum possible points to candidates who happened to be in a chosen category, meaning that virtually all of the applicants in that category who met minimal standards got in. But, since it was conceivable that no one from those categories would apply, it wasn’t really a quota.

“We deserve a president of the United States who doesn’t call fairness to minorities a special preference,” added Sen. John Kerry (search), D-Mass.

Instead, we want one who apparently doesn’t speak English.

“The president was wrong about equality in America, wrong about the promise of opportunity for all and, according to the Supreme Court, wrong about the law,” Sen. John Edwards (search), D-N.C., said Monday after the ruling.

Well, since Sandra O’Connor made up the law Monday, it’s hard to fault him for that.

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  1. Sooth Sayer says:

    If a Republican had made such a stupid remark at Gephardt did, Dash-Hole would be trying for his scalp! As for Kucinich, his best qualification for anything is that he bankrupt Cleveland!