Lawyers play the race and religion card all too frequently in litigation. It is the responsibility of other lawyers to call them on it.
Politicians play the same game.
Now, the subject of bias -- here a false accusation of anti-Semitism -- is being deployed as a political strategy in the confirmation hearing of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
The New York Daily News dispenses with these allegations handily in this editorial:
Many Republicans recall that a similar smear was used by some of the same actors to attack senior officials in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and 1992. Republicans and Democrats should now reject a political strategy that involves imagining in opponents a bias that is all too real in many parts of the world.
Regardless of the merits of the Hagel nomination, it is the responsibility of lawyers involved in the Senate confirmation process to keep the focus on the merits and to denounce false accusations against a man who has served his Country well in armed combat and in the Senate.