Terry Michael predicts the end of identity politics: …perhaps most important to libertarians, his election will put the Jesse Jacksons, the Al Sharptons, and the white identity politics liberals out of business. No longer will they be able to peddle victimology or mau-mau their way through the political landscape, demanding diversity training, minority contracts, or … Continue reading The Obama Effect Within
Bryan Appleyard unpacks how many of us feel: I am often, notably by Frank, taken to task for my ‘support’ for Obama so I feel I ought to make myself clear. I don’t support Obama, I have never in my life supported any politician and, in any case, support is pretty meaningless coming from a … Continue reading “Supporting” Obama
A reader writes: I’m gay and intensely dislike the Clintons. I have found, however, that among a sampling of my friends, masculine gays voted for either Obama or Paul with one exception. My more effeminate friends voted for Clinton citing their love of "strong women". I think it’s identity politics at play within the gay … Continue reading Obama and Clinton: Butch and Fem?
A reader dissents: Your huffing and puffing about Chuck Hagel being a good pick to be Obama’s VP has inspired me to write as few other topics on your (often controversial) blog have. There could be, in my view, few more poor choices for Obama. First of all, your "Team of Rivals" analogy isn’t really … Continue reading Obama-Hagel?
I must say this also occurred to me: I watched some of Reverend Wright this morning at the National Press Club. It seems obvious to me that he’s doing everything he can to wipe out Obama’s candidacy, and I’ll tell you why I think it is. I think that people like Reverend Wright — and … Continue reading Rush on Wright vs Obama
Obama sits down with the Advocate, after some predictable tantrums from Clinton supporters in the gay press. Money quote: I actually have been much more vocal on gay issues to general audiences than any other presidential candidate probably in history. What I probably haven’t done as much as the press would like is to put … Continue reading Obama, Gays, Generations
His pitch is pretty strong and fair, as far as I can see. And to reiterate calmly and coolly that defusing identity politics is the core of his campaign and his message is exactly the right thing to do. You learn about candidates from this process. Obama keeps trying to rise above it; Clinton keeps … Continue reading Obama And The Victim Spiral
One fascinating nugget: those voters in Ohio who voted on the basis of race and gender voted for Clinton; those who said both things were irrelevant voted for Obama. Chait has more.
A reader writes: In states where the black population is less than 5%, Obama has a record of 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 undecided (NM). In states where the black population is 20% or higher, he is undefeated at 4-0. However, in states that are between 5-20% black, his record is a fairly dismal … Continue reading Race and Obama
If you’re a Democrat, it isn’t really a contest. We all know the record of the Clintons on gay equality. In the words of Melissa Etheridge, they "threw us under the bus" when it was politically expedient for them (after they’d bled the gay community financially dry). Here are a few YouTubes of Obama’s public, … Continue reading Obama and The Gays