Saturday, March 17, 2007

Too stupid, even for the Republican Party.

Apparently, at least one Georgia Republican has come to Jesus:

A powerful Republican leader has joined forces with African-American state lawmakers seeking an apology over Georgia's role in slavery, dramatically improving the possibility the Legislature will express some form of regret over the state's past.

Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) said Friday he plans to introduce a proposal that would acknowledge the state's role in slavery and encourage reconciliation among Georgians.

Maybe this had something to do with it:

Johnson's involvement comes as the Senate is considering a bill that would declare April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), the bill's sponsor, introduced the legislation March 1, and it passed a key Senate committee this week — just days after Williams and the state NAACP called on the General Assembly and Perdue to apologize for Georgia's role in slavery.

Suffice it to say, even Republicans might find it uncomfortable to reconcile their willingness to memorialize the Confederacy with their refusal to apologize for slavery.