The charge of racism is losing it's meaning:
RealClearPolitics - Note to Liberal Elite: It's Not About Race: "New York Times columnist Frank Rich argues that opponents of Obama's healthcare legislation are motivated by racism. The Washington Post's Colbert King believes Tea Party activists 'forerunners' are Southern segregationists. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Cynthia Tucker views racist incidents as a 'reflection on the Grand Old Party' overall.
We heard the same arguments last September. Liberals were struggling to make sense of the angry town hall meetings. 'An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,' Jimmy Carter said. Days before, the Times' Maureen Dowd concluded that the 'shrieking lunacy of the summer' had 'much to do with race.'
Gratuitous charges of racism are no sideshow. They capture an enduring mistake of modern liberalism. And that mistake disserves liberals most."