Byrd vs. Rice

January 25, 2005

Instapundit links to several blog posts regarding the Democrats’ decision to put up Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, as one of their main opponents to the confirmation of Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State. This is, as Reynolds puts it, "an awkward choice," to say the least. However, for my part I think that it is falacious to suggest that Byrd has no right to criticize her because of his actions of sixty years ago (actions that he has since, aparantly, repudiated). I believe that Byrd would be opposing Bush’s nominee regardless of color, simply because of politics. It is possible that Rice’s appointment is more galling to the Democrats because they place more stock in the importance of race- and sex-conscious hiring policies and are therefore upset that the Republicans have beaten them to the punch on this one, but this does not mean that Byrd’s decision is necessarily more racist than it is partisan and self-serving.

Conservatives should watch that they don’t let themselves fall into the trap of using the "race card" as shamelessly as their opponents, even if the attack is couched in terms of "isn’t it interesting that the media doesn’t report this?"

As for the Democrats generally, it is not that they think that a black woman can’t be qualified for the position; they just don’t understand how she can be Republican without being a puppet.

Of course, things like this are simply unacceptable.


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