Is the recent dust up over the New Black Panthers and their alleged voter intimidation in the 2008 presidential elections the product of “fantasies” by conservatives over how they could use the issue against President Barack Obama?
Yes, says a conservative appointee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights, Abilgail Thernstrom.
“This doesn’t have to do with the Black Panthers; this has to do with [conservative] fantasies about how they could use this issue to topple the [Obama] administration,” said Thernstrom, who said members of the commission voiced their political aims “in the initial discussions” of the Panther case last year.
“My fellow conservatives on the commission had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down and really damage the president,” Thernstrom said.
. . .The commission chairman, Gerald Reynolds, said Thernstrom is attacking the commission out of pique dating back to a dispute about organizing a conference scheduled for this fall. “The allegation that there’s any interest in bringing down the Obama administration is false — and it’s a lot more; it’s personal and petty.”
Thernstrom, who had openly mocked the commission’s hearing on the case, put her dissent in writing last week in National Review, where she said the incident was “racial theater of very minor importance” and “small potatoes.”
Thernstrom was appointed by President George W. Bush, by the way.