Profiling: “Hey, look at that dark-skinned driver! We’d better pull him over and make sure he didn’t steal that car!”
Not profiling: “Hey, look at that hereditary oligarchy with ties to Osama bin Laden! Perhaps it would be a bad idea for them to control a vulnerable piece of our national infrastructure!”
I hope this helps clear things up. I’m all about bridging the gulf of understanding.
(Hat tip: Atrios.)
…context. Contra Malkin, this isn’t about liberals suddenly recognizing the wisdom of profiling. It’s about conservatives acknowledging blatant corruption and incompetence, for once.