Bible-thumpin’, &c.

Sen. Mark Pryor's television ad.



Last week, I was reminded of the special exemption that Democrats enjoy when it comes to religion. Mark Pryor, the Democratic senator from Arkansas, is facing an uphill fight for reelection against the Republican congressman Tom Cotton. So Pryor made an ad about the Bible. He said,

“I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right. This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.”

Fine — but if a Republican said something like this, the world would go stark-raving nuts. There would be cries of “Theocracy!” and worse.

You may recall Jesse Jackson’s speech at the 1992 Democratic convention. He said that Mary, the mother of Jesus, “had family values. It was Herod — the Quayle of his day — who put no value on the family.”

I submit to you, if a Republican leader equated a Democratic president or vice president with Herod — at a national convention, no less — he would not be able to continue in public life. (And, of course, Dan Quayle could not be more unlike Herod. In contrast with Jackson and the Democratic party at large, he is pro-life.)

And how about Bill Clinton? When he was in trouble over one of his interns, he took to going to church: the Foundry United Methodist Church, in D.C. He would wave a big, fat, floppy Bible at the cameras. If George W. Bush had done that . . .?

I think, too, of Elizabeth Warren, a darling of the Left. At last year’s Democratic convention, she quoted the Bible: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Then she said, with what seemed to me some smugness and pride, “Matthew 25:40.”

I imagine the media thought this was cool. But if a Republican had done it? Look, I think the double standard that exists in our politics is borderline shocking.

The worst part about American politics, of course, is race: the constant, mindless, devious, nasty use of race. Many Democrats are now saying that Republicans like me oppose Obamacare because the president is black.

We opposed Clintoncare, of course, or Hillarycare, as it was also called. We have opposed the health-care (and other) policies of Al Gore, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Joe Biden — you name ’em. But we are against the new health law because the incumbent president is black? We would consider it fine if he were white?

That is nuts, absolutely nuts. I wonder how the Democrats get away with it. And I think I know. They get away with it because the news media and other cultural powers-that-be allow them to do so.

The Left has a great deal invested in the idea that Republicans are racist, and motivated by racism. They also have a great deal invested in the idea that they, the Democrats, are the friends of black Americans, while Republicans are their foes.

Nothing must be allowed to disturb this conceit, this lie. The Democrats’ very peace, I sometimes think, rests on it.

I have been mentioning Bill Clinton and Clinton World in this column, and let me continue with it: I saw a headline recently, “Victims want more money in Pellicano wiretap payout.” (Article here.) Ah, yes, Anthony Pellicano — “Clinton’s dick,” as I referred to him for many years. He was the detective, or one of them, doing the Clintons’ dirty work.

Association with Pellicano would have badly hurt a Republican president. But Clinton and spouse? They sail on, regardless. Is this whining? It certainly is. Is it true? Again, it certainly is.


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