Hi all and many

Hi all, and many thanks to Josh for having me back. Lots of delightful DeLay fallout to chew over this afternoon, but let’s kick off with a breathtaking quickie that simply can’t wait. <$NoAd$>

It comes via an email from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who is demanding an apology from conservative morals guru (and Vegas high-roller) William Bennett, for what Reid’s office says was the following remark made by Bennett on his talk radio show yesterday:

… you could abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.

I haven’t seen the original context. But even with Bennett’s caveat, could there possibly be an exculpatory context? And did someone cast a voodoo curse on prominent conservatives recently ensuring they would all destroy themselves by the end of 2005?

Media Matters has the transcript and audio. It seems Bennett was led down this road by a remarkably kooky caller. But I’m not sure it means he’s exonerated.