Breaking: Trotsky also possibly a member of the New Black Panthers
My posts on the New Black Panther case seem to have hit a mark. Conservative former voting section attorney J. Christian Adams, who has been hailed as a "whistleblower" by conservatives, took to his blog yesterday to accuse me of employing "Trotskyite" tactics:
In a previous article at Pajamas, I characterized Adam Serwer of the American Prospect as using Trotskyite tactics regarding the New Black Panther dismissal. He uncouples facts from reality to reassemble them into whatever whimsy, or devilish aim, he might have.
Needless to say, Adams's sputtering is enough to make the most dedicated liberal question whether government employees really are overpaid. What ideological differences within communism lead me to be identified with Trotskyism, as opposed to Maoism or Stalinism, based on my opinion that the conservative obsession with the New Black Panther case is nonsense?
I'm not going to bore Greg's readers with another lengthy post on this matter. Suffice it to say that, like Jennifer Rubin, Adams does not dispute the discrepancy between his account of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes's remarks and that given by former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates. Adams is, of course, personally familiar with the absence of any actual intimidated voters in the case, since he was involved in the original complaint. As The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported, while he has since portrayed the case as a "slam dunk," in December 2008 internal e-mails show Adams was deeply worried that he didn't have enough evidence to go forward.
Adams does not dispute that the Obama Justice Department secured an injunction against King Samir Shabazz, the NBPP member with a baton, and he does not dispute that they requested an extension of the injunction against a black defendant, Ike Brown, in Mississippi, in order to prevent white voters from being disenfranchised. He finds these remedies inadequate, but he doesn't dispute that they were sought.
He also does not dispute that the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility and Inspector General found that Bush-era Civil Rights Division head Bradley Schlozman had broken civil service laws with his politicized hiring practices. Like Coates, he simply believes that the letter of the law doesn't matter because there were too many of what Schlozman referred to as "crazy libs" in the division, anyway. Like other conservatives, he finds the narrowing of the NBPP case evidence of a sinister racist conspiracy, but is unperturbed by the significant overall drop in civil rights and voting section cases filed during the Bush administration.
In other words, Adams doesn't do much to dispute the basic facts other than to call me a "Trotskyite." Normally I wouldn't even respond to Adams's two-minutes hate. But given that Adams's testimony is the core of conservatives' argument that the voting section is racist, his decision to call me a communist based on the fact that I said something he didn't like is relevant to the credibility of the charges of racism he levels at his former colleagues. If disagreeing with Adams over the NBPP case is all it takes to be associated with Trotsky, it probably doesn't take much to get called a racist, either.
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