I was looking through The Corner and read John J. Miller's post about Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. donating the handcuffs that were used in his arrest last summer to the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian.
My first thought was who gave him the handcuffs? So I checked out the interview with The New York Times Magazine. Apparently, it was Sergeant Crowley who gave them to him when they met for drinks at River Gods in Cambridge's Central Square last October. I hope the Smithsonian has the good sense not to display them.
But what stands out in the interview was his comment about Senator Scott Brown. When asked to comment about the possibility of Brown and President Obama being 10th cousins Gates quipped, "Yes, I wish they had discovered their familial link before Scott Brown joined the Republican Party."
Why? So Obama could tell Brown how the Party of Lincoln is a racist organization? So Obama could show Brown the error of his ways? If only Obama had gotten hold of Brown and enlightened him then a Democrat would be sitting in Ted Kennedy's seat and Obamacare would be a reality.
Alas, Henry Gates is the gift that keeps on giving.