Black U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, says "the minority community" blames racism for the Republican refusal to increase the debt limit without conditions. She did not, to be fair, flat-out call Republicans sheet-wearing, Ku Klux Klan-supporting, Jim Crow-loving, poll-tax-imposing, back-of-the-bus crackers. Instead, she took to the House floor with the subtlety of a woodchipper:
"(O)nly this president ... only this one, has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work, only this one. Read between the lines. ... I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness (toward) this president. Why is he different? ... In the minority community, that is a question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?"
Must be the Texas heat. Either that, or Lee only just awakened -- two-and-a-half years ago -- from an eight-year hibernation, during which President George W. Bush survived two terms as the most viciously maligned and unfairly attacked president since Ronald Reagan. Here's just a bit of what Lee missed:
The late "Lion of the Senate," Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., falsely accused Bush of lying us into the war in Iraq: "Week after week after week, we were told lie after lie after lie."
Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called Bush a "loser" and a "liar."
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the 2004 Democratic nominee for president, in speaking about the Bush administration told union supporters, "These guys are the most crooked, you know, lying group of people I've ever seen."
Former Vermont Governor and later Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean sought his party's 2004 nomination for president. Not content with merely accusing Bush of lying to take the country to war, Dean suggested that Bush had prior knowledge of the 9-11 terror attacks but allowed the death of 3,000 Americans to create a rationale for war. On National Public Radio, Dean said: "The most interesting theory that I have heard so far, which is nothing more than a theory, I can't think -- it can't be proved, is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis. Now who knows what the real situation is."
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