Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., accused Bush of purposely responding sluggishly to Hurricane Katrina. Frank called it "ethnic cleansing by inaction," a "calculated ... policy" to induce displaced New Orleans residents to leave the state, making Louisiana a more solidly red Republican state. Frank said, "So by simply not doing anything to alleviate this ... crisis that was so greatly exaggerated by Katrina, they let the hurricane do the ethnic cleansing, and their hands are clean."
President Bill Clinton's former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in 2003, accused Bush of knowing yet concealing the location of Osama bin Laden for maximum election benefit. "Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere," Roll Call's Morton Kondracke recalls hearing Albright ask, "and will bring him out before the election?"
Then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., a 2008 presidential aspirant, routinely questioned -- like many Democrats -- the intelligence of the Yale grad, Harvard MBA and Texas Air National Guard fighter pilot: "I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is in charge in Washington," referring to the freckle-faced Mad Magazine character.
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann doubled his audience overnight when, in 2003, he delivered a series of pathological attacks on President Bush. In 2008, the former sportscaster struck perhaps a personal best: "You're a fascist! Get them to print you a t-shirt with 'fascist' on it! ...You, sir, have no place in a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The lot of you are the symbolic descendants of the despotic middle managers of some banana republic to whom 'freedom' is an ironic brand name, a word you reach for when you want to get away with its opposite."
Today, questioning Obama's costly government takeover of health care, his failed $800 billion "stimulus" plan and the over $4 trillion in new debt equals racism. Lee says she speaks on behalf of the "minority community." Would this be the minority community with 16.2 percent black unemployment, up from 12.6 percent in the two-and-a-half years of the Obama administration? In what category does Lee place black House members like Allen West, R-Fla., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., who also oppose Obama's agenda? Are they anti-black black racists -- or black anti-black racists? It's all so confusing.
Here's the thing. Obama could easily pick up the phone and tell Democratic Party leaders to drop the victicrat race card crap. Knock it off. Sadly, he chooses not to do so. After all, the first black president, with his approval ratings in the low 40s, was equally black when his numbers stood at 70 percent.
Snap out of it, Congresswoman Lee. It isn't the color of his skin -- it is the complete and total rejection of his policies.
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