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“It’s the racism, stupid!”

There is a great deal of beating around the bush (pardon the unintended pun) about what is happening in the American presidential election — and only a few folks are willing to make explicit what everyone knows: this race is being driven by race.

Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, got quite a reaction when he brought up this point back in February (see here), but even lately as an Obama supporter (he was strong Clinton backer when he made the earlier comment) he has reasserter the point in interviews.

Perhaps the clearest news media statement of the role of race in this election is made this past week by Slate.com editor Jacob Weisberg (read here; listen here). Sad commentary but true — whether one sees it as generational (as Weisberg does) or something more basic to the American political culture. In this election “it’s the racism, stupid!”

August 26th, 2008 Posted by | accountabilitybloke | no comments