It is going to be a really, really, really long four or eight years if the Obama Administration and much of the left insists on declaring that anyone who dares to criticize a black President in racist. The most recent example, of course, are frequent charges that critics of the health care reform are motivated by racism.
It is already clear that this Administration intends to raise the unverifiable claim to a new state of the art (3 million jobs saved or created!) But the interesting thing about the health care - racism link is that in this particular case, we actually have a really good control group -- the first term of the Clinton administration.
In 1993, the Clinton administration embarked on a double secret effort to redesign the health care industry under government authority. As details of the plan leaked out, many folks went nuts. Commercials aired in key districts attacking various portions of the proposals and raising fears all around. People were so ticked off that in the 1994 mid-term electi0ns, Democrats lost control of Congress for the first time in many decades, an election trouncing generally credited first and foremost to health care proposals.
Its not like the Obama administration is unaware of this example. Many if Obama's approaches to the health care legislation this year are intentional changes from Clinton's approach. Obama's rush to pass legislation that does not really start getting implemented until 2013 by the August 2009 recess was clearly an attempt to prevent opponents from gearing up campaigns against the bill as they did with Clinton's.
But here is the really interesting part. I could have this wrong, but I could swear Clinton is a member of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant oppressor race. If so, the implication is that people went bonkers in 1993-1994 over health care plans for some political reason, but people who go bonkers in 2009 over many of the same plan points are racist? Does this pass any kind of smell test?
What is really going on is that a bunch of people who have never held a productive job, being politicians for life, and who have bought into their own "dedicated public servant" marketing are suddenly shocked to find that they and their efforts are not universally appreciated. When someone has the bubble burst on their manufactured self-image, their reaction is seldom pretty.