If a conservative, or even a mere Republican, had made the statements Professor Jonathan Gruber freely delivered at a policy forum a year ago, he or she would have been repudiated by the mass media, shunned by colleagues, and sent out to some pasture.
There are now racial quota limits for punishment in the Minneapolis schools. On the surface, this may look like a favor to blacks. But only on the surface. Anyone with common sense knows that letting a kid get away with bad behavior is an open invitation to worse behavior in the future.
The recent elections, which gave Republicans control of both houses of Congress, clearly indicate a repudiation of much of Obama's agenda. But the question is whether the Republican majority has the courage to act on that repudiation and stop the president from running roughshod over the Constitution.