The White House announced today that President Obama and the First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela. That's as it should be. While the media's rush to canonize Mandela is a bit overwrought (his ultimate legacy was unquestionably positive, but that shouldn't be allowed to obscure his many faults, which are presented in an admirably balanced fashion in National Review's editorial on his life), his was still a deeply significant life, worthy of presidential recognition.
Given that sentiment, you may be wondering what the "classless act" I'm referring to in the title is. It's not paying homage to Mandela; it's the contrast with the events of eight months ago, when this happened:
ALEXANDRIA, VA – As part of its ongoing State Sovereignty Project, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) today released a new TV ad in West Virginia that urges Attorney General Darrell McGraw to stand up for West Virginians against Washington’s War on Coal.
The new ad, titled “Crushing” and which can be viewed below, is the second in a series of CFIF ads in the state and part of a nearly $1.6 million expenditure announced by CFIF earlier this month.
“Washington’s War on Coal threatens the livelihoods of thousands of West Virginia families and the bedrock of the state’s economy,” said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella. “It’s time for Attorney General McGraw to get off his hands and use his authority to fight back against Washington’s destructive overreach.”
Founded in 1998, CFIF is a constitutional and free market advocacy organization with more than 250,000 activists and supporters nationwide. CFIF’s State Sovereignty Project was launched earlier this year to encourage governmental authorities closest to the people to reclaim and exercise the structural powers granted to them by the U.S. Constitution as a bulwark against federal encroachments on state sovereignty and erosion of the individual liberties of the people they serve.
"It’s not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to matter in next year’s elections. It’s the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial constituencies — white women. Polling…[more]
—Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent
— Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent