February 24, 2008
If they're not racist, then they're sexist!
And vice versa!
It has become apparent that Pennsylvania will be the ultimate showdown state in the increasingly nasty battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and no matter what happens, fault will be found with the men -- in this case white male Democrats.
The way the identity politics issues are being framed, white men are fated to be stereotyped as the usual suspects -- villainous, stupid, slobs who will have deprived either a woman or a black man of the presidency.
Hillary's hardest hardball player in Pennsylvania is Governor Ed Rendell, who fired the opening salvo by suggesting that some voters in his state would never vote for a black man -- a remark from which he later backed away, but which drew questions like this:
Was it shooting from the hip or a planned political trick?I don't know what it was, but I do know that Ed Rendell is no dummie. He subsequently distanced himself from the remark, saying that he'd been quoted out of context and was referring only to a minority of Pennsylvania Democrats.
If this election doesn't make people tired of the identity politics game, I don't know what will. I've been tired of it for a long time, but I think this time around, many Democrats are getting tired of it. The Obama versus Hillary contest is a classic damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation, and I pity the white male Democrats, because no matter what they do, they are hopeless bigots.
Yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer drove home the point that it's open season on white male Democrats with this editorial cartoon from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
No matter how they vote, they're suspect!
They simply cannot win.
If I were a white male Democrat, I might be starting to learn how it feels to be a Republican.
posted by Eric on 02.24.08 at 12:18 PM
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