The Wisconsin Republicans are all up in arms over the inclusion of an 8th-grade textbook by a Racine school district that includes a couple of excerpts from Barack Obama's writings in a chapter on diversity. The school district selected the book in 2005 before Obama announced his candidacy because they offered multicultural writings. The GOP is insisting that the school district replace the books in the interest of equal time.
Before we jump to the logical conclusions that the GOP is not only being petty and opportunistic, but they are also using the equal time argument as a veiled attempt to saddle public schools with high costs of buying new books for the purposes of undermining public education, let me suggest to you that the Republican argument may have its merits. I think that it might not be a bad idea to include some outside reading on John McCain's own views of diversity. McCain's approach to multiculturalism was made clear to reporters in 2000.