A couple of years ago, the League City City Council voted to suspend its acting city manager for a week for using a racial slur in the workplace.
The mortified manager insisted he did not say anything racist but was repeating a word uttered — to his amazement — by another person. The comment and suspension ignited a storm of media interest.
Some people recalled that incident after a similar storm engulfed City Hall this week after the council approved a resolution that would prohibit city departments from cooperating with federal directives or requests to process or house undocumented immigrants.
The resolution seemed to be aimed at children.
The prevailing view is that this week’s media disaster was worse than the last one in at least one significant way.
This one was formal and official. It required a vote, and thus some premeditation, and can’t be excused as a momentary lapse of judgment.