August 13, 2011

YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY:

Why No Democrat Will Challenge Obama: Should Obama be primaried? Liberals are fed up with the president, but no Democrat is threatening to challenge him. And one reason, reports Eleanor Clift, is race. (Eleanor Clift, Aug 12, 2011, Daily Beast)

Anyone contemplating a run against Obama must consider the consequences of not only defeating the president, but the likely repercussions to his or her own career. "If he were white, he would have a progressive challenger," says Bill Schneider of the Democratic group Third Way. Because Obama is this historic figure, challenging him would hamper the prospects of anyone who wants a future in elective Democratic politics. "Blacks would be deeply offended by a challenge, and that's no way to score points in the Democratic Party," says Schneider. African-Americans are the Democrats' most loyal constituency, and while they too are disappointed in what Obama has been able to accomplish, they are not going to abandon him.

Why do we consider the success of a man that is based solely on his "race" to be a victory over racism? Consider that had he chosen to be white not a single step in his career would have been possible for him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2011 7:32 AM
  
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