Johnson ends with this reflection on where today's liberals find themselves.
As I noted in the Standard column, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 had been the handiwork of former members of the Ku Klux Klan -- brothers under the hood to former Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleagle and current Democratic United States Senator Robert Byrd. Byrd of course opposed Rice's confirmation as Secretary of State. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Byrd and 11 other Democratic senators in opposing Rice's confirmation as Secretary of State was Democratic senator Mark Dayton who is, oddly enough, the occupant of Hubert Humphrey's seat in the Senate.All the talk of Cronyism with Meir's nomination convinces me one of Bush's greatest legacies will be his cronies were Women, Hispanic-Americans, and African-Americans, and that they really were cronies he relied upon deeply. He's truely the first President not to have lined the inner circle with white-european males.