Without the white male vote, the Republicans aren’t a viable political party

Awesome post about Obama, Clinton, and South Carolina at Jack and Jill Politics.

The Media’s Three-Fifth’s Compromise

What upset me was the dismissiveness towards the South Carolina Primary.

A prevailing attitude comprised of, if Barack Obama wins South Carolina:
1. He only won because he’s Black
2. It doesn’t REALLY count as a win because of the sizeable Black population in South Carolina.

The press has not been subtle about what they think the real, true voter looks like. They’ll talk about Clinton automatically getting the women’s vote as though that’s an extra, marginal bit that gets added on to the real vote, and the same with Obama and the black vote. Bring up the fact that Ronald Reagan, say, couldn’t have won without the white, male vote, and prepare either for a blank look or to have it taken as a joke.

Just as an aside, I may have talked about privilege before, and I probably will again, and the above is an illustration of privilege – being the default, never having to think of yourself in terms of “the black vote” or “the woman vote,” you’re just a voter.

(via Spencer Ackerman)

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3 thoughts on “Without the white male vote, the Republicans aren’t a viable political party

  1. Ananth

    I don’t think of myself as the ‘Indian Vote’, and I would reckon most Asians don’t consider themselves that ‘whatever’ vote. Maybe it’s because no one has tried to pander to us….

    Secondly, I see your point about the black vote or any other minority vote, but it should be noted that women make up over 50% percent of the population, and therefore control their own destiny.

    Finally, just note that’s Democrats making these points right now. Imagine if this was coming out of Mitt Romney’s mouth instead of Bill Clinton and others… Oh, the humanity.

  2. Steve

    Secondly, I see your point about the black vote or any other minority vote, but it should be noted that women make up over 50% percent of the population, and therefore control their own destiny.

    Finally, just note that’s Democrats making these points right now. Imagine if this was coming out of Mitt Romney’s mouth instead of Bill Clinton and others… Oh, the humanity.

    I’m talking about the press, here.

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