A little soft racism
The President deserves credit for his diplomacy with the most difficult group in the world to deal with--the Democrats. He couched the 9 hours of tirade against the Administration and Condi Rice as "debate", in order to avoid calling it the foul display of partisan sour grapes that it was.
But I liked a bit more the reaction from Powerline to the Democrats unsurpassed gall. My gripe is not so much that they are holding this nomination up for political purposes, but the total lack of shame that they had in letting Sen. Robert Byrd have a voice in the matter.
Trent Lott lost the Majority Leader's seat because he gave a completely innocent (if inadvisable) toast to his Senate friend, then-Sen. Strom Thurmond who ran on a segregationist platform. The left, especially those in the race industry raised their usual high-pitched squeal until the Republicans replaced Lott with Bill Frist. It was an offhand remark that was expensive.
Sen. Byrd, however, was a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleegle. The late Tip O'Neill referred to him as "Sheets". Byrd claims to have renounced his dark past of racism, and I believe he really did. But is this the right guy to be delivering a smear message about a self-made black woman who grew up in Jim Crow Alabama, fighting the very kind of racist attitudes perpetuated by the likes of a younger Bob Byrd? Please, please, tell me that conservatives aren't the only ones wincing over that image.
Intentional or not, this is further proof that the Democrats have lost all credibility on the race issue. Racism is a driving force in their party. It's what gets them inner city votes, and it's how they try to marginalize black conservatives. The Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings were more visceral and ugly than the Scalia hearings ever were, and they were only the first shot in the war between conservative minorities and liberals of all ethnicities. Because conservative minorities are unwelcome. There is an unwritten law of American leftist orthodoxy which states that blacks and Hispanics must behave in a subservient way towards liberals who arrange needed government handouts to them. And that law has a corollary--minorities who succeed on their own are somehow phony or the puppet of a conservative. And if you think I'm exaggerating, please refer to this post of late last year.
It's time that the decorum bubble be burst. Conservatives are too polite. The double standard needs a little exposure.