President Obama hasn't said whether he will nominate Susan Rice to be secretary of State, but the debate over her is already intense.
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN on Tuesday that some Republican claims that Rice is "incompetent" may be racial in nature.
"These are code words," Clyburn said, adding that "these kinds of terms that those of us — especially those of us who were born and raised in the South -- we've been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them.
Here's a liberal journalist, Katrina Vandenheuvel, calling Condoleeza Rice "incompetent" in 2004, when she was the presumptive future Secretary of State:
Last July, the Washington Post devoted much of its front-page to a well-reported story indicting National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for her role in misleading Congress and the public in the run- up to the Iraq war. The bottom line: Rice was either incompetent or a liar.
Even sources described as "generally sympathetic" to the NSC adviser questioned her many shifting and contradictory statements regarding Iraq's alleged uranium purchase and the WMD (non)threat. But Rice's dogged loyalty to Bush served her well, and she stayed put. So here we have the apotheosis of the left's double standards.
Two women about to be nominated to be Secretary of State are called "incompetent" by critics.
Coincidentally, they are both named "Rice."
Coincidentally, they are both black.
One is liberal, one is conservative.
Calling the liberal "incompetent" is racism.
But calling the conservative "incompetent" is... what? Patriotism?
Hmmm... that shit's pretty obvious, isn't it?
It's like the old game, which one of these doesn't belong?