Diana West

Suddenly, Holder's "Black Panther blind spot," as the Washington Times has called the attorney general's failures to prosecute black radicals, is no longer such a mystery. Holder sympathized with the Panthers then; he seems to sympathize with them now.

So about that tweet of mine: "Holder's radical past comes out. Jaw-dropping. Even lawless campus thuggery no bar to becoming AG. (Weather Underground's Bill) Ayers 4 SecState?" Then, seven delayed-reaction minutes later, it dawned: "Oh, I forgot -- we already have an old Panther supporter as SecState!"

Sure enough, back in the spring of 1970, while Eric Holder (Columbia '73) was occupying buildings and supporting Black Panthers in New York City, Hillary Rodham (Yale Law School '73) was actively monitoring and supporting the defense of eight Black Panthers accused of murder and torture in New Haven. Quite a nexus of revolutionaries, the Obama Cabinet.

Anyone else from the barricades? Too old for the New Left, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nonetheless has leftist credentials, including a long-term association with Hugh De Lacy, a Communist Party member and contact of notorious communist agents. As a U.S. representative, Panetta wanted most-favored-nation status for the USSR and the Eastern bloc, and he opposed Ronald Reagan's anti-Sandinista policy. Not surprisingly, the future CIA-director-turned-Pentagon-chief was also supportive of the Institute for Policy Studies, a pro-Soviet think tank in Washington.

Yes, this is old, old news. But have these top Obama administration leaders at Justice, State and the Pentagon ever disavowed or even explained their affinities for violent revolutionaries and sworn enemies of the Constitution? Have they ever been asked? No.

This epic blackout struck me anew with the release this same week, also by The Daily Caller, of unedited video of a racially demagogic speech then-Sen. Obama gave in 2007. Listening to the man who became president rationalize the LA riots was bad enough, but the narrative of racist federal neglect he presented to his black audience was disturbing. It sounded so much like themes his attorney general and secretary of state supported long ago as student radicals -- nothing like Obama's 2008 campaign slogans of "post-racial" and nonpartisan "change."

At age 51, Barack Obama is certainly too young to have been a 1960s student militant, but he was mentored by a coterie of bona fide revolutionaries, including communist organizer Frank Marshall Davis and Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers. Then, of course, there is Obama's black separatist minister for 20 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who, by the way, gets a generous shout-out in the revisited Obama speech. After Wright's animus toward the USA became common knowledge - for example, his notorious "God damn America" sermon -- Obama famously cut official ties with Wright, but that just seems like window dressing. It all is.

A radical left message lives and beats at the heart of the Obama administration. It makes me wonder: Will these chickens ever come home to roost?

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).