by Max Brantley
* THE REAL REPUBLICAN MESSAGE: For public consumption, Republican Party chairman Doyle Webb has harrumphed about the terrible things said and written by legislative candidates Loy Mauch, Jon Hubbard and Charlie Fuqua, the neo-Confederate, slavery apologist and child executioner. But, speaking to the faithful on the Dave Elswick show Thursday, Webb reportedly defended his candidates and predicted they'd be elected to the legislature as part of a new Republican majority. Why doesn't he just speak his truth to everyone, including inquiring reporters? These are the party's people. No way they'll desert them. Hell, most of their voters agree with them. I got a note from a Confederate-brother-in-arms of Mauch's last night, braying that Mauch would be elected despite our "attacks" on him. Only in Republican land is direct quotation of a Republican's own words an "attack."
* TREAT OTHERS AS YOU SHOULD BE TREATED: Ever notice how Republicans always expect the worst of others? Mike Huckabee, for example, was always sure somebody else was in it for the money because, after all, he surely was. It's that sort of mindset, I guess, that explains reports I'm getting of Republican poll watchers looking over the shoulders of the little old ladies who've faithfully been carrying out election duties around the state for years. An intimidation squad was spotted Thursday in a rural courthouse where the Repubs have targeted a popular Democrat for defeat with anti-Obama messaging shored up with Koch money.
* COLIN POWELL IS A RACIST: Or so implies John Sununu, Mitt Romney's man, who says the distinguished retired military man endorsed President Obama simply because he's black, as Powell is.
* AND SPEAKING OF RACE — AND THE LITTLE ROCK POLICE DEPARTMENT: Channel 4 reports on a letter from the Black Police Officers Association to Chief Stuart Thomas and City Manager Bruce Moore alleging the department has been inconsistent in disciplining officers charged with crimes like DWI and domestic battery, as well as on-the-job issues like use of excessive force. Thomas has promised a detailed response. The BPOA letter details a number of cases on which it bases its complaint. It includes past handling of Officer Josh Hastings, fired last week after he was charged with manslaughter in the shooting of a car burglary suspect. As it happens, I wrote a column this week about complaints against police and the department's slowness to act on officers with poor records, such as Hastings.