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Democrats' approach to civil rights has gone through the looking glass

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Racism, it seems, is a mutable element that rises and falls with President Obama's fortunes, receding to a small sliver of cranks in the early months of 2009, before he had a chance to mess up much of anything, then welling up again when he began pushing health care, and reaching gale force in the 2010 midterms, causing a massive resurgence of Ku Klux Klan sentiment that elected record numbers of non-white Republicans to high statewide office, and completely took over states such as Wisconsin, where Confederate feelings have always run high.

It leveled off somewhat in 2012, leading liberals to feel that the worst was over, but in 2013, the news that they were losing their health plans and doctors and having to pay thousands more to get new ones caused millions more people to take up and dust off their white hoods.

Add to this the problems with the IRS and Benghazi, along with the emerging horrors in the veterans' hospitals, and Democrats were soon finding that racism once more was gaining a foothold, leaving the young, vibrant, and sharp as a tack Jay Rockefeller -- a fixture in the Senate since 1984 when he bought his seat with his family's money -- to tell truth to power (i.e. Sen. Ron Johnson, R- Wis.) that he and his cohorts were all of them bigots for finding anything to oppose in the current regime.

As racism goes, so goes its ally, the War on Women, which back in 2012 meant asking women to pay for their own birth control pills, (about $9 a month at your neighborhood Costco), instead of having them put on the taxpayers' tab.

This made an instant sensation of Sandra Fluke, a 31-year-old law student from Georgetown, who felt this an undue strain on her finances and even her intellect, which won her a prime speaking role at the Democratic convention in August and launched a run for state senate in California this year.

But the war on the War on Women now means a War on Women with Cancer, them being the women who took to the press last fall and winter to say that Obamacare's changes had interfered with their treatments, and caused them much higher payments as well.

When Edie Littlefield Sunby in California and Julie Boonstra in Michigan made these complaints, they were attacked by the White House and by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from the floor of the Senate.

Gary Peters, running for the Senate in Michigan, even threatened to sue any station that aired Boonstra's words.

It also means a War on Women Doctors, as in Monica Wehby, a pediatric surgeon and mother of four, running for the Senate against incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley in Oregon.

Merkley all but portrayed Wehby as Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction," primed any moment to boil your bunny, or show up in your bathroom with a knife in her hand.

Just how nuts is she? In 2007, she slapped her husband with a notepad while they were divorcing, and in 2013 entered the house of an ex-boyfriend with a key that he gave her while they were winding down their relationship.

How traumatized were they? Both are friends with her, and have contributed money to help fund her campaign.

How far have the Democrats gone since they began their attempt to bring civil rights to the country? A very long way, and all of it downward. Can they start now to work their way up?

Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."
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