Republicans last week finally began hitting back at the absurd accusation by their Capitol Hill adversaries that criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice is racist and sexist.
“When you can’t answer the question, you attack the questioner,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has been among Rice’s most vocal critics over her handling of the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi.
Added Graham: “The only color I’m worried about when it comes to Benghazi is red — blood red, the death of four Americans.”
Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas — one of 97 House Republicans who signed a letter calling on President Obama not to name Rice secretary of state — was less biting. But he was no less adamant, calling such accusations “factually incorrect.”
It took long enough: For a week, the Congressional Black Caucus and female Democratic legislators accused Republicans of using “code words” and always looking to “pick on women and minorities.”
Obama himself indirectly lent support to those efforts with his heated defense that if Republicans “want to go after somebody, they should go after me.”
Which strikes us as pretty sexist itself — the chivalrous knight having to defend the helpless little lady. (It also ignores the fact that one of those leading the charge against Rice is another woman, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.)