You don't expect to see an iconic civil rights leader such as Andrew Young
indignantly defending a Bush administration appointment. It took the Senate
Democrats' attack on Rice to produce that unlikely scene.
Will it matter politically in the end? Can Democrats take the African American vote for granted? Perhaps, but it will be interesting to see whether Democrats will be
willing to repeat this exercise if Bush should nominate Clarence Thomas to
succeed William Rehnquist and become the country's first black chief justice.
The Democrats' performance on the Rice nomination has opened precisely that
possibility for the president.