We also got to see how the Democratic party values the accomplishments of Condi Rice. Noemie Every says it best:
For mysterious reasons best known to themselves, a small diehard clique of old-line insurgents hiding out in the depths of the U.S. Senate decided to make confirmation hearings for Condoleezza Rice the venue of a bomb-throwing session, on the basis of two cherished liberal theories: one, that the war in Iraq is an utter catastrophe; and two, that while criticism of liberal nonwhites and women is always racist and sexist in nature, nonwhites and women who are right-wing or centrist are less than "authentic," and therefore deserve what they get. Thus, Margaret Carlson in the Los Angeles Times found nothing amiss in Boxer's calling Rice a liar and a lackey, but insisted Boxer's critics were somehow attacking all women.Now I'm not saying that all lefties or liberals are racist but I do think the vast majority believe that most minorities in some way, shape, or form, are inferior. Why else do you need more government programs than you can track to 'lift them up'? Why else would they lash out at anyone who leaves the plantation?
This followed by weeks an unprecedented onslaught from liberal cartoonists and columnists, who compared Rice to a parrot, a house slave, Aunt Jemima (with one hell of a weight loss), and Prissy in Gone With the Wind. It did not help that one of Boxer's main allies was Robert A. Byrd of West Virginia, who in a prior life had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. As a method of expanding the vote of an ever-shrinking minority party, this tactic stunned some observers, who concluded the scheme had been cooked up by Karl Rove.
"I wouldn't think having a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan lead a futile floor fight against the nomination of the first black woman to be secretary of state is a good way to enhance the appeal of the Democratic party to swing voters, but maybe that's just me," opined Jack Kelly. No, Jack, it's not just you. It's you and Andrew Young, a partisan Democrat and genuine civil rights leader; it's you and Dorothy Height, head of the National Council of Negro Women; you and C. DeLores Tucker, former chair of the Black Caucus of the Democratic National Committee; you and Ron Lester, a Democratic pollster quoted by the New York Post's Deborah Orin as saying, "A lot of African Americans are watching this and they're wondering why [Democrats] are going after her so hard."
It's you and Colbert King, the liberal columnist for the Washington Post, who has little use for Bush but even less for the Boxer-Byrd style. King asks us to ponder a key Boxer statement: "I personally believe--this is my personal view--that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell the war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth." Writes King, "It's hard to imagine a more demeaning and offensive caricature of a prospective secretary of state." What a great tactic! What a keen way to appeal to white moderates, as well as to stop the leakage to Bush of black social conservatives, which at the moment has the left in a panic.
A former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan berating a cultured black woman, one of whose childhood friends was blown up in Birmingham: This is the image you want to create for your party? Call it strike one.
As Jason Dore writes:
Many believe that one cannot be both black and a Republican. Unfortunately, lies gradually become truth as they are continually repeated. For years, the Democratic party and a few elite black leaders have spouted the lie that the Republican party is a racist organization that seeks to discriminate against minorities.So do liberals and the left care? Nope, nope, and nope again.
These people ignore history. It was the Lincoln, the first Republican president, who ensured blacks would no longer be held in shackles. It was the Democratic party who filibustered the Civil Rights Act which could not have passed without the support of Congressional Republicans.
It is the Democrats who feature the only former member of the Ku Klux Klan in the U.S. Senate, Robert Byrd. This is the man who accused Martin Luther King of unleashing “destructive forces” upon the country. He voted against both black nominees to the Supreme Court. In 2001, he used a racial slur on national TV. Byrd then used his stature in the Senate to lead the effort against the confirmation of the first black female secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice, leading to the largest "no" vote against any secretary of state nominee since 1825.
Blacks that are willing to leave the plantation of the liberal Democratic party do so at a high cost. Conservatives such as Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas and J.C. Watts are subjected to extraordinary condemnation from the left. No insult is left unsaid. Their “blackness” and intelligence is habitually questioned. Disparaging labels such as “Uncle Tom,” “Aunt Jemima” and “Brown Sugar” are acceptable names for black conservatives.