Timothy Carney argues persuasively over at NRO today that the farcical election protest conducted in Congress last Thursday was not aimed at President Bush, but rather targeted Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell. Carney notes that
A word count of the Congressional Record makes the case clearly: George Bushs name was mentioned 109 times during the debate, while Ken Blackwells was mentioned 149. When you take into account that many of the Bush mentions were made by Republicans, and that every mention of Blackwell was in a statement by a Democrat, it is clear who the real target of Thursdays proceedings was."
And, as Carney points out, for the Democrats, race matters:
Miguel Estrada knows how this works. Democrats, as their memos revealed, found Estrada "especially dangerous because. . . he is Latino." Its not that Dick Durbin and Pat Leahys staff think Hispanics are inherently more "dangerous," its that they dont want to be seen opposing one for the High Court, when all of America will be watching. He had to be stopped before then.
The attack dogs of personal destruction succeeded with their preemptive strike on Estrada, and now theyll try with Blackwell.
Back in September of 2003, I made the argument that Democrats opposed Estrada in part based upon the fact that he was Hispanic
here. I received numerous angry emails from those who reminded me that Democrats are incapable of such racist behavior--arguments which seemed a bit less credible when the smoking gun memos were released. (Of course, the left has never actually addressed the merits of the memos. They are far more concerned about the fact that they were released.) Now it seems that the left is up to their old tricks--trumping up charges to thwart the career of a politician because he has the audacity to be conservative and African-American.