Criticizing Susan Rice is not racism

  • Article by: DEROY MURDOCK , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: December 1, 2012 - 5:10 PM

Don't Democrats grasp the concept of scrutiny?

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., left, have been critical of Susan Rice.

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What racists!

Among sitting Senate Democrats, California's Barbara Boxer, Illinois' Dick Durbin and Rhode Island's Jack Reed exhibited bias by voting against Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state in 2005.

Even worse, antiblack animus made Iowa's Tom Harkin, Massachusetts' John Kerry, New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg and Michigan's Carl Levin reject Rice and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas who, nonetheless, was confirmed in 1991.

Joining these four Democratic überbigots in nixing Rice and Thomas was the late Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former Senate Democratic leader and Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan.

OK, Democrats and liberals, how does that feel?

If it hurts to read a steaming pile of lies claiming that your favorite lawmakers are racists, perhaps you will understand Republican and conservative outrage when the left fabricates discrimination charges about the right's leaders.

Among the cancers devouring the American body politic, one of the most virulent involves liberals who play the race card as carelessly as children playing 52 Pickup. They cannot fathom that conservatives oppose black politicians for reasons beyond race.

Just as the aforementioned Democrats rebuffed Rice and Thomas due to policy differences (possibly excluding KKK alumnus Robert Byrd), Senate Republicans such as Arizona's John McCain, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, and New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte have criticized U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice -- but not for practicing diplomacy while black. Regardless, liberals scream: "Racism!"

"It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, incoming Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman.

After Republicans called Susan Rice "incompetent," Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN: "These are code words ... Those of us who were born and raised in the South -- we've been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them."

When 97 House Republicans wrote President Obama to condemn Rice, a Washington Post editorial helpfully noted that "more than 80 of the signatories are white males, and nearly half are from states of the former Confederacy."

MSNBC.com's Richard Wolffe decried a "witch hunt going on the right about these people of color ... Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice."

"I'll leave it to you to decide how much of the tarring of Rice as incompetent and unqualified is about the myth of black inferiority and female inferiority," said MSNBC anchor Toure.

Why would allegedly racist, sexist Republicans let another black female diplomat named Rice -- Condoleezza -- address their national convention last Aug. 29? Since when do bigots give 19 minutes of prime-time TV to people they despise?

If Sens. Graham and McCain really can't stomach blacks, why did they and every other voting Republican send a black woman (Condoleezza Rice) to run the State Department and, in McCain's case, a black man (Clarence Thomas) to the Supreme Court for life?

There is nothing racist or sexist about grilling Susan Rice. (For Ayotte, this would be auto-misogyny.) Conservatives worry that Rice misled the American people about the fatal Al-Qaida-connected attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

On five Sunday talk shows, Rice claimed that an anti-Islamic YouTube video spontaneously transformed protesters into a homicidal mob. In fact, a deliberate, planned, terrorist attack killed four brave American public servants.

Did Rice deliberately promote the YouTube narrative to shield Obama from political damage during a tight re-election race, or was Rice duped into doing so? This is a legitimate question, and one need not wear white sheets to ask it.

The Democrats' relentless reliance on race cards is vile and repugnant. It also humiliates black Americans by presenting us as incapable of facing disapproval without lobbing the most noxious rhetorical grenades in the arsenal.

Democrats and the left should be ashamed of themselves. They must cease, desist and reserve their racial bombs for genuine racists. Republicans and the right should hammer them on this point -- confidently, constantly, and mercilessly -- until they stop.

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

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