Black Is Best
Will the 2008 election boil down to one thing? According to Frank Rich, this election won’t be about ideas or policy or platforms, it will be about brown, young and new versus white, old and used up. He says:
Even by the low standards of his party, Mr. McCain has underperformed at reaching millennials in the thriving culture where they live. His campaign’s effort to create a MySpace-like Web site flopped. His most-viewed appearances on YouTube are not viral videos extolling him or replaying his best speeches but are instead sendups of his most reckless foreign-policy improvisations — his threat to stay in Iraq for 100 years and his jokey warning (sung to the tune of the Beach Boys’ version of “Barbara Ann”) that he will bomb Iran. In the vast arena of the Internet he has been shrunk to Grumpy Old White Guy, the G.O.P. brand incarnate.
It’s interesting to me that the Left embraces Obama for all the reasons they’ve lamented American society: they judge him worthy based on not the content of his character or experience but that he is young and black. And they judge the Right unworthy because of whiteness and age.
Cross-posted at Dr. Melissa Clouthier.