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Let the race baiting begin, again

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Opinion,Gregory Kane,Columnists

Democrats couldn't even wait until President Obama's second inauguration before they started race baiting.

The race baiting this time comes from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, probably the most useless political body to ever come down the pike. I've asserted before, and still maintain, that the late, great New York Rep. Adam Clayton Powell was more influential, all on his own, than the entire CBC has been throughout its existence.

This time, the CBC has outdone itself in race baiting. Members have managed to top CBC member Rep. John Conyers' claim that former President George W. Bush had a "Plessy v. Ferguson" moment when his administration opposed the University of Michigan's racial preference admissions policy.

Led by Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who will be the CBC chairwoman come January, several female members of the group have accused Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, of being "racist" and "sexist."

OK, so the women are, technically, race baiting and gender baiting, if that is indeed a term. And the reason they're calling McCain and Graham racist and sexist?

Why, because the good senators have dared ask Susan Rice, America's U.N. ambassador, actual QUESTIONS about that Benghazi mess.

"There is a clear, a clear, in my opinion, sexism and racism that goes with these comments that are being made by, unfortunately, Sen. McCain and others," Fudge said, according to news reports. "And I strongly stand by that statement."

Fudge has her nose way out of joint about McCain's claim that Rice was not qualified to be an ambassador and "not bright."

"All of the things that they have disliked about things that have gone on in this administration they have never called a male unqualified, not bright, not trustworthy," Fudge said in news reports. "I don't recall that ever happening."

That's a classic apples-to-hand-grenades comparison some people just love to make. And liberal Democrats love lobbing live grenades -- like charges of racism and sexism -- into any debate that suits their fancy.

I would remind the good congresswoman from Ohio that the matter involving Rice involves her repeating a story that had no basis in fact. The attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a planned terrorist attack, not, as she told the nation, the result of some mob that had gathered outside the consulate to protest the film "Innocence of Muslims."

That attack left the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead. Their dead bodies don't seem to have upset Fudge, at least not as much as Rice being called "unqualified" and "not bright."

Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore is another CBC member not really sweating the four Americans killed in the attack on the Benghazi consulate. But the attack on Rice? Why, that's downright outrageous.

"What unmitigated gall for these men to attack the permanent representative to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice," Moore huffed.

Memo to Moore: When four Americans are killed in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate and that "permanent representative to the United Nations" then takes to the airwaves and tells the American people the attack was a spontaneous mob reaction, when it clearly was not, then that "permanent representative" should be "attacked."

And "attacked" harshly. If the worst Rice gets after trying to sell the American people that bill of goods is that she gets called "unqualified" and "not bright," then the woman's gotten off way too easy.

She certainly got off a lot easier than U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans killed in that attack on our Benghazi consulate.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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