Yes, yes, and *yes*…Posted: February 29, 2008
This is 100% correct. Ok. Maybe only 99.8% correct. Still.
It’s high time we acknowledge that every candidate has an identity: a race, a gender, a cultural background. It may not make or break every voter’s decision, but a candidate’s identity is always an electoral factor — even when that identity is white and male. Clinton’s female supporters and Obama’s black supporters don’t get enough credit. They are making tough decisions on how to reconcile their political beliefs with their gut reactions upon seeing someone who looks like them up on the dais. In fact, all Democratic voters are wrestling with this. Very few Americans have ever had the opportunity to vote for anyone other than a white man for national office. After so many years with “white male” as the default political identity, we’re all suddenly forced to think about how much a candidate’s race, gender, and background should matter.