An­other ‘Year of the Woman’

Rad­i­cal lib­er­als won’t sup­port any­one who doesn’t sup­port their agenda

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By David A. Keene

Shortly after his con­fir­ma­tion in 1991, Supreme Court Jus­tice Clarence Thomas ob­served that “be­ing black has far less to do with the color of one’s skin than one’s pol­i­tics.” This truth has be­come more ob­vi­ous in the years since for women as well as African-Amer­i­cans. The me­dia and lib­eral politi­cians con­tinue cel­e­brat­ing the vic­tory of women and blacks in this fall’s elec­tions while an­guish­ing over the fate of Demo­cratic fe­male and black can­di­dates who didn’t quite make it. One quickly re­al­izes that the fail­ure or suc­cess of Re­pub­li­can fe­male and black can­di­dates isn’t nearly as awe in­spir­ing. In­deed, beat­ing a Re­pub­li­can black or fe­male can­di­date is cel­e­brated rather than lamented.

In the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area, Jen­nifer Wex­ton’s de­feat of in­cum­bent Re­pub­li­can Rep. Bar­bara Com­stock in Vir­ginia’s 10th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict like Kyrsten Sinema’s win over Re­pub­li­can Martha Mc­Sally in Ari­zona have been por­trayed as vic­to­ries for women. The mil­lions fun­neled into these races weren’t spent to elect women, but to elect the right women even if do­ing so re­quired de­mo­niz­ing the more con­ser­va­tive fe­male can­di­dates.

In Ten­nessee, Rep. Mar­sha Black­burn de­feated a pop­u­lar for­mer Demo­cratic male gov­er­nor in a vir­tual land­slide to be­come the first woman sen­a­tor ever elected by Ten­nessee vot­ers, and yet her vic­tory goes vir­tu­ally un­men­tioned by the cham­pi­ons of women in pol­i­tics.

In gu­ber­na­to­rial races around the coun­try, the claim is that African-Amer­i­can can­di­dates in Flor­ida and Ge­or­gia lost on Nov. 7 be­cause of “racism” at the same time that the de­feat of John James, a black Michi­gan Re­pub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date is be­ing cel­e­brated; vot­ing against him be­ing a sign of civic wis­dom rather than racism.

Flor­ida’s An­drew Gil­lum, un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI for shenani­gans dur­ing his ten­ure as mayor of Tal­la­has­see, was por­trayed na­tion­ally by an ad­mir­ing me­dia as a great can­di­date and role model for young blacks, while Mr. James, a West Point-ed­u­cated war hero who built a thriv­ing busi­ness, was ig­nored. On elec­tion night, a po­lit­i­cally savvy friend told me that he didn’t re­al­ize un­til Mr. James’ pic­ture was flashed on his tele­vi­sion screen that the Michi­gan Re­pub­li­can was black; Mr. James would have been na­tion­ally touted as a bar­rier-breaker if he had been a Demo­crat and pro­gres­sive rather than a Re­pub­li­can con­ser­va­tive.

Among the last seats the Democrats man­aged to “flip” would have been held by mi­nor­ity Re­pub­li­can women. Pos­i­tive press for the first Korean-Amer­i­can Re­pub­li­can woman to be­come a state leg­is­la­tor in Cal­i­for­nia, Young Kim, was non-ex­is­tent. Mrs. Kim had been thought to have won a Cal­i­for­nia con­gres­sional seat that would make her the body’s only Korean-Amer­i­can mem­ber. She was de­feated by a lib­eral male, but her loss re­mains un­la­mented by those tout­ing the “year of the woman.”

In Utah, an­other male Demo­crat earned his spurs by beat­ing the lone black Re­pub­li­can House Mem­ber, Mia Love, by a mere 600 votes and im­me­di­ately sign­ing onto a let­ter join­ing the re­sis­tance to re-in­stalling Nancy Pelosi as speaker. That pre­sum­ably made him a cham­pion to lib­eral women’s rights ac­tivists who con­demned Re­pub­li­cans in post-elec­tion re­views by be­ing able to note that there are no black Re­pub­li­can women in the House. De­feat­ing Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Love were ma­jor Demo­cratic goals be­cause they are Re­pub­li­can and a con­ser­va­tive.

In spite of hav­ing been barely bested after a del­uge of Demo­cratic at­tack ads, Mrs. Love not only con­ceded, but did so gra­ciously un­like, say, Stacey Adams, the black fe­male Ge­or­gia gu­ber­na­to­rial Demo­crat who while ac­knowl­edg­ing after all the votes were in that she couldn’t win and was thus “end­ing her cam­paign,” but bit­terly re­fus­ing to ac­tu­ally con­cede. She wouldn’t “con­cede” she said be­cause the vote count

The sim­ple fact is that the pro­gres­sive left and its me­dia sup­port­ers don’t give a hoot about blacks, women or other mi­nor­ity can­di­dates — un­less they pro­mote the pro­gres­sive agenda.

notwith­stand­ing, “con­ces­sion means to ac­knowl­edge an ac­tion is right, true, or proper.”

Com­par­ing those words to Mrs. Love’s state­ment after she’d lost a House race that she and her sup­port­ers thought she had won speaks to the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two women. “Re­gard­less of how you voted, I want to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to you for en­gag­ing in the process,” she said. “It is one of the many rea­sons this is the great­est coun­try on earth. May we take this week to re­flect on the count­less bless­ings sur­round­ing our state and coun­try.”

The sim­ple fact is that the pro­gres­sive left and its me­dia sup­port­ers don’t give a hoot about blacks, women or other mi­nor­ity can­di­dates — un­less they pro­mote the pro­gres­sive agenda. The Black­burns, James, Kims, and Loves of the world sim­ply don’t qual­ify.

If the re­ac­tion of the Demo­cratic Party, me­dia and pun­di­toc­racy don’t prove be­yond a doubt that Jus­tice Thomas’ de­scrip­tion of how lib­er­als and pro­gres­sives think was spot on, noth­ing ever will. David A. Keene is an ed­i­tor at large for The Wash­ing­ton Times.


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