Flash back twenty years to the Clarence Thomas hearings and every attack on him then and since has wound around two common points: He’s dumb and he’s oversexed. Now, twenty years later, the front-runner for the Republican nomination is being hit again by his leftist haters with those same two charges.
It’s possible to believe that the fact that the two accusations leveled against Justice Thomas just happened to play into traditional racist stereotypes was a coincidence, but that the same stereotypes are being used again against the second most prominent black conservative after Thomas on the national stage is more than just coincidence.
Once is a shot in the dark, twice is a pattern, and it’s an ugly pattern. Leftists eagerly tear apart women who accuse Democratic politicians of improper behavior and then suddenly become born-again feminists when there’s a black Republican to be taken down.
Anita Hill was treated as a hero, not because of anything that happened to her, but because she was useful to the Left’s cause. Seven years later, the women who stepped forward to accuse Bill Clinton of wrongdoing were jeered and demeaned for opening their mouths by the same politicians and activists who had presented Hill as a role model for women. Meanwhile, Kathleen Wiley, who accused Clinton of attacking her and was libeled for it by the Left, has expressed her support for Cain.
The unwinding is obvious at the fringes. Janeane Garofalo has accused the Republican Party of being the last bastion of white supremacy in the country. When Cain began to achieve prominence, she tried to deal with the contradiction by claiming that he was there just to cover up all the white supremacy. Now that he’s the front runner, and there are sexual allegations against him, she can resolve the contradiction by attacking Cain on the allegations and then pointing to the remaining white candidates as proof that the Republican Party is racist.
This is something that the Left does over and over again, turning black conservatives into a special target, and when it succeeds in hounding them out, then it has “proof” that the Republican Party is racist: “Where are all the minorities?”
Janeane Garafalo, who has a framed picture of herself with Bill Clinton, is the perfect poster child for leftist hypocrisy. She defended supporters of Hollywood pedophile Roman Polanski and claimed that Weinergate wasn’t Weiner’s fault but a distraction created by the media and Republicans; but now she suddenly has a “truly important” case to focus on.
The issue isn’t Cain’s guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by the evidence, not by pundits and commentators — the issue is the Left’s contemptible double standard on racism and sexism, which it exploits for its own benefit. The Left plays the race card against conservative women and the sexism card against conservative black men, not because it believes that racism and sexism are wrong, but because it’s a party built on the art of dividing and conquering along the lines of group identity.
If Cain, like Mel Reynolds, a former black congressman convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault, happened to be a Democrat, then the media would have been telling a completely different story. Reynolds, who was also convicted of bank fraud, received a special commutation of his sentence from Bill Clinton – without even actually applying for it.
This is how Reynolds, a key figure in the rise of Obama, was greeted on his release by one Chicago newspaper. “Welcome back to `the world’, Mel Reynolds.”
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