A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site.
Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a Facebook posting Saturday.
(Via Instapundit) You can see a screenshot of the specific exchange here, and the entire exchange here. Hagan's defense is that a). He's always been in favor of civil rights; and b). That the 'buckwheat' was directed towards the (presumably-white) woman with the Hello Kitty icon, and not towards the African-American man who had made the comment immediately preceding Hagan's. The first objection can be easily-enough dismissed with; minority conservatives have long been traditionally exempted by the Rabid Left from any consideration or courtesy. Simply put: said Rabid Left doesn't consider non-white male conservatives to be really people, so there's no need to treat them as people.
But is Hagan Rabid Left? - because if he isn't, then maybe b). has some actual relevance and he's being unfairly targeted. Well, let's look at what his explanation for this mess entailed. Here's a quote from the article:
Hagan said it’s an attempt to make him look bad.
“They are so full of ----,” he said. “They’re so negative, these teab*ggers.”
(Second redaction mine) As a general rule of thumb: when someone is trying to get out from an accusation that he is making racial slurs against one's political opponents, it's a bad idea to be directly quoted using scatological and sexual slurs against them, too. And trust me: this isn't an attempt to make him look bad. He's doing a great job all on his own.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: If the Progressive Left doesn't like being done unto as they routinely do, then the Progressive Left is perfectly free to stop doing.