Craig Shirley

Sir George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you can't hide the skeleton in your closet, then you'd better learn how to make him dance." Democrats and their enablers in the liberal media would like nothing better than to hide their embarrassing racial skeletons as they are on the verge of nominating the first black man ever to make a serious bid for the White House.

Reminding me of this, was watching my friend Paul Begala and Donna Brazile mix it up on CNN recently over Hillary’s Clinton’s blatant pursuit of white voters in the Democratic primaries. This comes on the heels of her husband Bill also making open appeals to white voters. Begala said he did not want to be in a party with “liberal eggheads and African Americans.” The mind reels at the grief Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Mark Levin would bring down on themselves if any were to utter a similar phrase.

Some find it odd that the liberal kommentariat says nothing about such racial overtures by the Clintons but then again, this is a party that never trembled when Senator Robert Byrd used the phrase “white ni**er” in an interview several years ago. In 1968, feminist and Democrat Gloria Steinem said, after the election of Richard Nixon, “We’re all ni**ers now” for which she still has yet to be called to accounts for uttering. Uber-liberal Senator Joe Biden patronized Obama in the worst possible stereotypical way when he said the African American was “…bright and clean and articulate…” Yet Biden’s pals in the media yawned.

Those who are not members in good standing of the Democratic Party and who utter such phrases are routinely castigated, hounded and harassed. Double standards abound as the Duke University white lacrosse players and Don Imus will tell you. Why?

Quite simply, African Americans have gotten a better deal from the Democrats than they have any time recently from the Republicans. Group consciousness, victimhood and the celebration of the past are all defining elements of the Democratic coalitions. Traditionally, the organizing philosophy of the GOP, conservatism, is about individuality and the celebration of the future, inconsistent with those who make up the Democratic Party.

It is, as these things always are, about power.

It will be interesting to see, however, Senator Obama nominated by a political party that was built and created for the express purpose of exploiting African Americans. Then Democrats carried out their own American jihad against blacks for over 100 years.


Craig Shirley

Craig Shirley is the president of the President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs and the author of two books on the 40th president, Reagan's Revolution and Rendezvous with Destiny.