Today is

   "A word to the wise ain't necessary --  
          it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
					-Bill Cosby

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cry me a river

At the New Republic, Sean Wilentz accuses Obama and his staff of poisoning the campaign with racialist politics:

As insidious as these [deceptive] tactics are, though, the Obama campaign's most effective gambits have been far more egregious and dangerous than the hypocritical deployment of deceptive and disingenuous attack ads. To a large degree, the campaign's strategists turned the primary and caucus race to their advantage when they deliberately, falsely, and successfully portrayed Clinton and her campaign as unscrupulous race-baiters--a campaign-within-the-campaign in which the worked-up flap over the Somali costume photograph is but the latest episode. While promoting Obama as a "post-racial" figure, his campaign has purposefully polluted the contest with a new strain of what historically has been the most toxic poison in American politics.

Awwwww, bless their little hearts, the poor Clintons are being out-demagogued by the Man Who Hopes. Though I agree with much of Wilentz's argument here, I'm having a hard time sympathizing with the Clintons. Live by racialist identity politics, die by racialist identity politics, I say.


Blogger stewdog said...

Being the masochist that I am, I watched some of the "debate" last night. I noted that neither could really answer a question, she most egregious when dodging the question of releasing her tax returns.
I think she is cooked. Put a fork in her. The defining moment. . her "Waterloo" to me is when asked a question, she starting bitching about the fact that she "always seems" to have to go first and alluded to a SNL skit, suggesting that they offer Obama another pillow. This elicited well deserved boos from some quarters in the audience and spoke volumes of her desperation.
The Queen is Dead. Long live the. . er. . King?

February 27, 2008 9:24 AM  

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