"The moral ugliness of what's just happened is glaring, and it's hard for me to see how the media can justify continuing to treat Breitbart as simply a roguish provocateur. He's something much darker," - Josh Green.

It seems completely obvious to me that the USDA needs to re-hire Sherrod just as CNN needs to rehire Octavia Nasr. Both were canned based on knee-jerk reactions to distorted fragments of speech, which, when viewed in their entirety, are completely within the realm of fair - and honest - discourse. I think it is the honest discourse that the ideologues hate - because it violates their doctrines, which must be maintained regardless of the complex human beings and complicated stories our lives invariably tell.

Ambers notes:

The White House is loath to touch anything resembling a racial thing, but this isn't a racial thing: it's a judgment thing. It's about thinking before speaking. It's about slowing down, it's about gathering evidence before making decisions, it's about doing the right thing.

White House officials initially were refusing to comment; now two administration officials say they're reviewing the situation. Which means that the story is not over.

Giving in to race-mongering bullies is not change we can believe in. For Pete's sake, Vilsack, walk this one back.

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