Rich Galen

The wife of the farmer who was the subject of the story said that, in fact, Ms. Sherrod worked very hard on their behalf and had help them save their farm.

By last night Mr. Justice was blaming a conservative site run by Andrew Breitbart for posting the incomplete version of Sherrod's speech and was calling on the White House to reinstate her.

That goes under the heading of "too little, too late." (One was tempted to use the line: "justice delayed is justice denied," but one demonstrated dominion over his baser instincts.)

The ugly reality is, the White House threw caution to the winds and convinced Mr. Justice to use - misuse - his organization to do the Administration's dirty work.

You can see where this is leading. The White House wants to so poison the political well, that any time a White politician criticizes the President it will be branded as "racism."

At a time when too many people have lost faith in their government's ability to deal with the very real problems that real Americans are really facing, intentionally planting the seeds of racism into what will already be the heated debate of the final three months of the election season is very, very dangerous.

Like the Sorcerer's Apprentice, getting the enchanted brooms to do Mickey Mouse's work was much easier to start, than to stop.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at