Tancredo’s skepticism

TANCREDO’S SKEPTICISM…. In one of his latest hysterical tirades, Rush Limbaugh argued that the only way to get “promoted in the Barack Obama administration” is by “hating white people or even saying you do or that they’re not good — put them down, whatever.”

Appearing on MSNBC yesterday, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) was asked whether he agreed with the right-wing shock-jock. “Oh,” Tancredo said, “I don’t know.”

When pressed by David Shuster on his uncertainty, Tancredo replied, “What do I — I have no idea if they hate white people or not. But I will tell you this: I am sick of having people suggest that because I am Caucasian, I cannot — and that’s the suggestion here — is that if you are white, Caucasian, male, you cannot comment on this sort of thing.”

Tancredo, in other words, is feeling sorry for himself. He wants to say outrageous and offensive things to as large an audience as possible, without feeling put upon.

As for Tancredo’s insane argument that the National Council of La Raza is a “Latino KKK,” the former congressman was asked if he’d apologize for the remark. Tancredo literally laughed at the idea.

For all of the Democrats’ various problems, they are blessed to have ridiculous rivals.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.