A must read from The Nation, a very Left leaning magazine. In it, recalling his own arrest in a similarly tense situation, Eric Alterman criticizes Gates for "racializing" the context of his arrest. Gates, Obama, and the media (and a few members here) immediately assumed the officer had racial motivations, even though he had led classes on avoiding racial profiling. So people on the Right and the Left agree, except a few minority folks who think white cop black person being arrested = racism. It also echoes my own sentiment how the Liberals could NOT have picked a WORSE case for "teachable moment". Talk about a huge fumble.