Or: “The black people were surprisingly good last night…”
One of my personal failings (well, the only one I feel like admitting) is I have a strong fairness impulse. It was the whole Martin Luther King thing, judge people by the content of the character not the color of the skin. My father, who had grown up in the deep South surrounded by virulent racism, introduced me to the concept, mostly by the way he lived his life, treating everyone he met with the same courtesy, fairness, and respect. It was what made me a nascent liberal as a young man.
That belief in fairness was the same thing that drove me away from Liberals. Growing up, my experiences with other kids growing up were a lot like the Woody Allen joke about going to youth camp “…where I was sadistically beaten by children of all colors and creeds.” Those encounters made it clear to me that “jerk” was a choice not limited to any race, sex, or religion. Thus I was rather heretical toward the idea that People of Color were actually Saints of Color.
I noticed that Liberals were quick to offer dispensation for the crappy behavior of individuals who could be identified as a SOC. As an adult, I discovered that merely pointing out said excusing of such unacceptable (from anyone not a SOC) actions made me a racist, of course. Silly me, I thought I was being principled. And this was well before I witnessed the amazing moral and political gymnastics feminists were capable of when “their” President (Slick Willie Clinton) was exposed as a serial sexual predator.
But witness it I did, and that was when I realized the Democrat Party operates largely on whims. See, a principle applies to everyone. If an evil Executive of an Evil Capitalist Corporation is bad to wag his Evil johnson at a lower-level female employee (and most people would agree it is bad), then it is just as bad when a powerful Democrat Chief Executive does it, no matter how useful he is to the cause of Abortion Today, Abortion Tomorrow, Abortion Forever.