June 20, 2005


Liberals don't know what to do with nondeferential minorities (Ruben Navarrete Jr., Seattle Times)

In the minds of many liberal Democrats, Hispanics and African Americans must seem to come in only two varieties: deferential or defective. And according to one angry caller — who was, from the sound of it, perfectly at home in a blue state — I fall into the second category. "I think you're deluded," he said, "and maybe insane."

I'm just guessing, but something tells me the caller would probably say the same thing about Janice Rogers Brown, who two years ago was nominated by President Bush to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Last week, Brown was finally confirmed but not before Senate Democrats and their accomplices in left-leaning advocacy groups such as People for the American Way did their best to try to paint this black conservative and California Supreme Court chief justice as an "extremist" whose views are outside the mainstream.

Translation: Brown doesn't defer to liberals. So she must be defective.

By the way, here's something I've noticed: When conservatives criticize a person of color, they often insult you. But liberals usually are condescending. They don't say they're upset as much as "disappointed" in you.

And so it was that the caller was disappointed in me. What fired him up was a column I'd written about Alberto Gonzales, the nation's first Latino attorney general. In it, I argued that liberal Democrats weren't really interested in promoting diversity unless they get the credit for it, and that this explained their lukewarm reaction to Gonzales — an American success story whose nomination by President Bush they can't claim credit for.

The Left wants to keep minorities as pets.

Posted by orrinj at June 20, 2005 8:14 AM

It reminds me of the (I think) Disraeli vision of the Raj. Avunculuar, white father figures helping the bally dusky-hued types up out of the muck.

I also like this:
Conservatives insult
Liberals condescend

Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Which would you rather have?

Posted by: Governor Breck at June 20, 2005 8:26 AM

I agree that liberals condescend, but they also insult. Personal attacks are a large part of their M.O.

Bob Beckel's appearance on Fox News last week brought back those really annoying Clinton years before Fox News and the internet when leftoids like Beckel could make wild accusations and hold sway all over the tube and didn't have to fear rebuttals from anyone. Bob did his usual schtick prefacing every remark with a zinger which Brit Hume politely ignored before bringing him back to the discussion at hand and forcing him to clarify and prove every point.

It was a beautiful thing to watch and came close to Rush's description of how we'll know we've won. We'll know we've won according to Rush, when there is a panel consisting of four conservatives and a conservative host with a single liberal guest and every time the liberal utters a word, all five conservatives sigh and roll their eyes upward.

One thing's for sure, Beckel looked quite diminished after Brit got through with him.

Posted by: erp at June 20, 2005 9:40 AM

This has very little to do with deference. What we are seeing is the Republicans beating the quota-mongers at their own game. The idea is to fill the "Black seat" or the "Female seat" of the "Hispanic seat" with a conservative, i.e. not a "real" Black, etc.

Justice Thomas, for example is a double disaster for the Left: not merely a conservitive, but one who effectively burns the "Black" seat. This is where the un-Americvan abomination of Affirmative Action takes you. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 20, 2005 3:57 PM