Earlier this week during a Senate hearing Senator Jay Rockefeller accused anyone who opposes President Obama of being a racist. Specifically he was referring to Obamacare and said opposition to the law is because Obama is the “wrong color.” His target, Senator Ron Johnson, was sitting right there in the room. Johnson didn’t take kindly to the allegation. Here’s Johnson’s response.
“People oppose things for a variety of reasons. That’s all you’re going to get from me,” Rockefeller said of his “wrong color” comment. “It’s a part of life. And it is a part of American life and world life and it’s a part, just a part, of why they oppose absolutely everything that this president does. It’s basically for political reasons, they do that. But at some point you can’t exclude other factors … as they say, everything is on the table.”
This is nothing new, and we still have a few more years of it. Unfortunately, as Allahpundit pointed out, if Hillary Clinton is the Democrat’s nominee in 2016 and wins, we’ll have another decade of this garbage.
I’m used to this by now but I can’t tell you how dispiriting I find it knowing that we’re in for four or even eight years of it under President Hillary, to whom all resistance will inevitably be dismissed as vestiges of sexism. (Hillary herself has already begun to feed that beast.) In fact, I think this sort of demagoguery will happen much more frequently under Clinton than it has under Obama. There’s more to be gained from it politically: Electoral returns from racism charges are marginal because Democrats already win 90+ percent of the black vote, but women’s votes are hotly contested. The gender gap has been crucial to Democratic gains over the past eight years; they have every incentive to cry sexism early and often in the interest of making that gap wider.
Of course, the Democrats will continue to ignore the racists and misogynists in their own party, while leveling unsubstantiated accusations against their political opponents. Gee, I can hardly wait.