Pardon me if I’m not shocked by the latent racism displayed in Hillary Clinton’s campaign this season. Anyone who’s been listening to the Democrats talk about race for the past 20 years should be unsurprised. It is too much to hope that a party enamored with nonsensical bean counting will implode as a result of this perfect storm of identity politics. Perhaps though, this could be the beginning of the end of identity politics itself. We can only hope.

Ferraro

“I’m sorry, I said nothing negative,” she told FOX News earlier Wednesday. “I care about the black vote in this country. I really don’t think this is right that they should attack me as racist.”

Of course she doesn’t think she said anything negative. This is how the Democratic party leadership has logically considered race within the mind of the electorate for years. Black people vote for black people, women vote for women, hispanics for hispanics… etc. Who can forget Bill Clinton pardoning members of the FALN during Hillary’s campaign for Senate in 1999 in an effort to court the Puerto Rican vote in New York? It should come as no surprise to find Ferraro assessing the political landscape based soley on race. That is the ideology of the party.

Here’s more:

Those backwards Mississippians

“I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress,” Clinton told the paper. “There has got to be something at work here. How can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That’s not the quality. That’s not the communitarianism, that’s not the openness I see in Iowa.’”

Translation: Mississippi is mostly backwards – and black. In light of Ferraro’s comments, is it surprising that Hillary made this statement?

How about this comment from her husband:


Oops.

Even with this presumably innocent comment, what else can she mean:

…as he should have…

“I’m well aware that Senator Obama has an enormous amount of support here, as he should, as he should have,” Clinton said. “Some people have said ‘Well Mississippi is very much a state that will most likely be in favor of Senator Obama.’ I said ‘Well, that’s fine,’ but I want people in Mississippi to know I’m for you.”

Why should he? Why “should he have” support in Mississippi? The answer of course is that he’s black and the large population of black people in Mississippi are going to vote for a black candidate. IE: they are incapable of thinking independently. This is what Hillary Clinton and those within her campaign think. It’s been painfully obvious and percolating just below the surface for this entire election season. In fact, it’s been around far longer but the beauty of Obama vs. Clinton is that the campaign has brought this logic into the spotlight. This is the intellectual hole that Democrats who think like Hillary Clinton have been digging themselves into for years.

You see, the peddalers of identity politics have no respect for the communities which they divide. How could they? If your opinion of a community of people is that they reduce complex political decisions to skin color, you have no respect for that community. It’s that simple.

In reality, the backward thinking is not in the electorate. It’s in the upper reaches of the Democratic party – and it has been there for a long time. Whatever conservatives and the right think of Barack Obama’s liberalism – he is changing the mentality of race and gender in politics and hopefully in the Democratic party. Perhaps this is bad news for those who want another Republican President; but if it spells the death knell of identity politics – it is good news for this country.