Today Talking Points finally got his hands on an actual copy of John Ashcroft's interview with the Southern Partisan magazine.
If anything the quote in question is even more damning than the clipped version noted previously. (If nothing else, it's funnier: the intro praises Ashcroft for being "a jealous defender of national sovereignty against the New World Order.")
Speaking on the evils of historical revisionism, Ashcroft said:
"Your magazine helps set the record straight. You've got a heritage of doing that, of defending Southern patriots like [Robert E.] Lee, [Stonewall] Jackson and [Jefferson] Davis. Traditionalists must do more. I've got to do more. We've all got to stand up and speak in this respect or else we'll be taught that these people were giving their lives, subscribing their sacred fortunes and their honor to some perverted agenda."So, in other words, if you really want the straight scoop on the nation's past read the revisionist, crypto-racist claptrap printed in the Southern Partisan.
Man! This guy's got civil rights written all over him, doesn't he?
If you want Talking Points two-bits on this latest development, check out this article he wrote today in Slate.
Ya know, for the first time I'm actually starting to think Ashcroft may not make it.
P.S. I can't name him because I didn't ask his permission, but Talking Points would like to send out an extra special Talking Points 'thank you' to the reader who faxed him a copy of the Ashcroft interview.