Friday, March 14, 2008

Identity politics reported The passion fueling the Democrats' history-making presidential campaign is putting two of the party's most important constituencies — women and African-Americans — on what could be a collision course.

At a meeting this week with black newspaper publishers, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fielded tough questions. Hazel Trice Edney, editor of, asked the New York senator how she plans "to retain the trust and confidence of the African-American community?"
That trust and confidence shuld be based on what she DOES for them, not what she or someone else says about one of them.
Some women who support Clinton are also unhappy. Campaign commentary by some talk radio hosts and TV commentators has been "incredibly sexist," said Irene Natividad, a founder of the National Women's Political Caucus. She said it has put Clinton and her supporters in a bind. "If you don't fight back, you're a wimp," Natividad said. "If you do fight back, you're something that rhymes with witch."
If you can't stand the heat, get ot of the kitchen. Oops, that isn't sexist, is it?
For months, Democratic party leaders have argued the nomination fight is good for the party, drawing voters to the polls in record-breaking numbers. Now, some express misgivings.
It just makes the explosion even bigger.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that "some of the exchange is not at the highest level" and expressed a hope that it "will return to that level.".... Barbara Reynolds, a Howard University professor, said that as an African-American woman she is pained by the increasingly sharp-elbowed Clinton-Obama campaign. "I'm afraid the two groups I love most are going to tear each other apart," she said.
That is what you get by putting up a one term senator with no experience who expects to get elected because of Black Guilt, and a woman whose only claim to fame is being married to a former governor and former president. Could the Democratic party not find a Black Governor or Woman Governor with some executive experience?

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