So there it is: If you criticize Susan Rice for putting out false information – possibly to protect the president who was busy telling voters that thanks to him al-Qaeda had been decimated – you’re a racist. Never mind that there is not so much as a shred of evidence to support the allegation. In cases like this, facts don’t matter. Opponents are bigots simply because they’re white and come from the South. The ends justify the meanness.

But this isn’t only about Susan Rice. This is a sordid lesson in how liberals use race and sex to smear their opponents and render them illegitimate. …

Actually there is another way to look at this. Why not accept that McCain and the others oppose Susan Rice because they disagree with what she did, and that her skin color has nothing to do with anything? Why not accept that, since there is no evidence that any of them are racists? …

Black liberals must be protected. Their honesty and their competence cannot be questioned. No criticism, no matter how reasonable and legitimate, is permitted. And so, their detractors must be slandered as racists. Liberal African American officials – especially those of the highest rank — can’t be held accountable precisely because they’re African Americans. You get the impression that simply being a black liberal is a kind of get out of jail free card? Oops, is that racist?