I'm tired of the racist double standard.
A Democratic operative in Kentucky attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Overnight Healthcare: Blame game over Zika funding MORE's (R) wife's ethnicity again, and somehow the offending political operative continues on.
To be clear, McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, has been Asian her whole life. It is not a secret. She did not even change her name to her husband's surname.
As a public figure, Chao has been, rightfully, put through the political mill with attacks of all sorts directed at her.
The one thing that neither she nor her husband should endure in 21st-century America, however, is an attack based upon her ethnicity.
Yet, that is exactly what high-level Democratic operatives have done in at least in two high-profile cases over the past year. All in the cause of trying to convince voters that her husband cannot be trusted because he married a highly successful, professional woman who happens to have been born in Taiwan. Her and her family's story is a true testimony to the opportunity that America presents, yet Kentucky Democrats cannot get beyond where she was born and how she looks.
Here is the offending tweet by Kathy Groob, "Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell's wife, No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian."
Groob then followed up with other tweets pointing out that Chao is Asian, which is hardly tweetworthy breaking news.
While the Kentucky Democratic Party expressed shock by their surrogate operative's racial attack, when I checked Google, I didn't find a single article about Groob being fired from any position for it. In fact, after her "apology," she continued on her 140-character racial attack.
This is the brave new world in America.
Shock radio hosts are fired for tweeting remarks that are deemed racist, but Democratic Party operatives are given free rein to attack a candidate's wife's race.
It is clear that any Republican posting something along these lines would be immediately kicked to the curb. Yet, Groob's crossing this line is just one more example of the "end justifies the means" world of Democratic politics. A world where it is not only okay to falsely accuse anyone opposing your policies as having racist motivations, but it is also okay to attack a senator's wife based upon the country she was born in.
If Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes does not disassociate herself from every group with which Groob is involved, it is fair to assume that she is, in truth, comfortable with this racist attack.
It will be interesting to see if the Kentucky media and indeed, the national media, hold Grimes, their handpicked darling, to the same standards they would hold any Republican politician. Somehow I think they won't.
Manning is vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government. He previously worked for Secretary Chao at the U.S. Department of Labor.