Imperfect legacy for Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 21, 2013

Among the accomplishments that Wallace Collins can cite as chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is an increase in the number of Barack Obama photographs hanging in party offices.

While he was putting up photos, Oklahoma voters were taking down the party. Obama got only 57 percent of the vote in the state Democratic presidential primary last year. Collins said racism was a factor. This would be racism within his own party. Collins won another term over the weekend, beating a black state senator who could have pumped new enthusiasm into the party. When Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, lost her bid for the chairmanship, she offered her services as vice chairman. She was rejected for that as well.

Racism? Nope. Collins just enjoys the support of activist Democrats. What do they like about him? The Obama portraits? Certainly his rhetorical flourishes as the party's lead attack dog appeal to the base, but then Johnson can hold her own in that department. Collins once linked the tea party movement to Timothy McVeigh. If you can't beat 'em, demonize 'em!

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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