Fractional politics in an underwhelming rallying cry, while hoping a mythical “Claudia” – who “at 29 years old” had “never been involved in the political process” but in 2008 “made her first-ever trip to the polls” – comes to the rescue:
Obama seeks to ‘reconnect…young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women’ for 2010
Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness about his coalition in his appeal to “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”
Turning out those so-called “surge” voters — who turned out for the first time to back Obama, but who sat out gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia last year — has become the Democrats’ central pre-occupation for the midterm elections, and the new Democratic effort to nationalize the election around Obama and his agenda mark an attempt to energize those voters.
Old Caucasian or Asian males need not apply?
Several things are noteworthy. First, so much for the post-racial presidency. We are back to naked pleas for racial solidarity. This comes from a man who told us that there were no Blue States or Red States, and that we should stop carving up the electorate into ethnic and racial groups. It was moving and appropriate and now it’s inoperative.
Second, this also suggests that just about everyone else in the electorate is a lost cause — whites, men, independents, and older voters. The Obama coalition has fractured — a little later than Hillary Clinton predicted, but it has. It seems he is reduced to the core left, not a recipe for successful governance or re-election.
And it’s the same sales pitch we heard in 2008.
Considering how many Dems are resigning because they know they will not get re-elected, a lot of “Claudias” are going to have to make their “first-ever trip to the polls.”
UPDATE, Tuesday 27 April:
The Governing Class’ Childish and Vicious Definition of Racism