I was in the green room on the 12th floor of Fox News building in New York on Friday when I heard the soundbite the first time, "If I had a son he'd look like Trayvon..."
That simple statement had been preceded by nearly two minutes of stating deep and profound "outrage" and "seriousness" in the need to "insure" that "this matter would be investigated to the fullest."
I asked commentator Cal Thomas who was sitting on one of the sofas in the room, "How many child murders have taken place since he took office?"
Calshrugged his shoulders as if to say, "I have no idea."
"And how many press ops did the president use to comment on a single one of them before now?" I continued.
"Ah yes, but it is an election year," replied Thomas.
Admittedly the Trayvon Martin case had not soaked up a ton of my conscious awareness prior to this week's "
1,000,000" er "1,000 hoodie march." But the danger this case poses--I fear--is that it makes a mockery of a good law (Stand Your Ground), serves to foist a false fear on the American people (that suddenly armed citizens will be blowing away innocent teenagers), and is an utterly disgusting display of political hypocrisy. President Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, and whatever pool of otherwise non-productive citizens can be rallied to chant, scream, and even get a police chief to resign, but none of that makes their cause just, much less necessary.
From the beginning of the Trayvon Martin case it appears as though there is an outrage over the police response to the teen's killing. A police department--it should be pointed out--that employs numbers of African Americans in their ranks.
There is no argument here for police brutality, so Sharpton and the race hustlers must gin up outrage based on timelines, and hearsay based on evidence that may or may not be reflected in the official findings once the full story is known. That's why it's being investigated...
President Obama was right, Trayvon's death is a tragedy. All his bluster Friday in the Rose Garden, ending with the campaign pander of the century--that Trayvon would look just like "my son"--was more or less a side show. All he said, was all the police in Florida, and reasonable pundits in the press have said, "We need to investigate what happened here."