Double standard time
Michael Steele will be running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 2006.
What makes this especially interesting is that Steele is a Republican, Maryland's lieutenant governor... and black.
And, oh, the lefties are gunning for him, along with their allies in the Democratic Party.
Racial insults, such as "Uncle Tom", will be the norm now for the next year.
Catch this from one Maryland Democrat...
Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.
"Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community," she said. "His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people."
During the 2002 campaign, Democratic supporters pelted Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies during a gubernatorial debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
In 2001, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. called Mr. Steele an "Uncle Tom," when Mr. Steele headed the state Republican Party. Mr. Miller, Prince George's County Democrat, later apologized for the remark.
"That's not racial. If they call him the "N' word, that's racial," Mrs. Marriott said. "Just because he's black, everything bad you say about him isn't racial."
One thing, Mrs. Marriott -- does that mean that any criticism of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc. is always racial when it comes from someone who isn't black?