Translate Clinton: "Well, South Carolina, for Democrats, is a black state. They will vote for a black candidate if one is running. They even gave Jesse Jackson a victory there twice. So it’s no big deal for a black candidate to win, in South Carolina. The white candidate will win pretty much everywhere else, so we’re in good shape. And, Oh, Senator Obama is running a good campaign, for a black guy."
The irony here is that Obama has, in fact, been running as a black candidate all along, but no Democrat by the dictates of the Party’s internal political correctness would be allowed to say that. And that leads to two further points: that because of the identity politics espoused by the Democrats no black candidate or woman candidate can ever simply be a candidate for President. The Party’s own racial and feminist identity politics will not allow that.
The double irony is that a black or a woman could only be just a candidate if they ran as a Republican. The triple irony: a black Republican candidate (or a woman) would be declared "inauthentic."
Granted, someone who had established a reputation outside of the Democratic Party, like Colin Powell, might enter the Democratic Party and emerge the nominee, but by the nature of the Party itself there would still be internal racial galvanization.
Powell as a GOP candidate would draw black support, of course, but Powell as a Democratic candidate would still produce that party’s racial inflamation, though it would be nothing like what a candidate from within the Party would produce.
Obama, while running a sub-rosa racial candidacy, has dared the Clintons to call it exactly that, and they have taken half the dare. The other half will be to bring up Obama’s racist church.
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