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Obama Plays the Race Card Again

This is one way that Obama isn’t the third coming of Bush: Bush didn’t complain about the race card being used on him (or the legacy card, or…).

But Obama isn’t above that sort of thing. The Race-Based campaign Rolls On.

Obama had been quiet about it recently, since his awful speech on race so backfired so bad that he had to denounce his minister and leave his church.

If there is hope here, it’s that Obama seems slow to learn lessons from his mistake.

And that is a trait Bush IIII does share with Bush II.

Discrimination and how to pay for it

While it has a bewildering number of defenses, one of the primary functions of affirmative action is to assist blacks in resource competitions against hispanics. Both groups are disproportionatedly uneducated, but political organization among blacks far outpaces that among hispanics. Therefore, rationally, blacks political activists attempt to reward their supporters by supporting laws, rules, and regulations which assist blacks in getting jobs, contracts, and admissions, while making it harder for hispanics to do so.

It’s thus not surprising that many hispanics are skeptical of Barack Obama:

The Weekly Standard
Napolitano, who describes herself as a “dyed in the wool” Democrat, said she will vote for and support the Democratic nominee in the fall. But she has not seen the type of commitment to Latino issues from Obama that she says she saw in Clinton.

“Unless I see something inherently helpful to our community, I’m going to sit back and see what happens,” Napolitano said. Napolitano and some of her Hispanic colleagues are informally boycotting Obama campaign events aimed at reaching out to Clinton supporters because the candidate himself has not asked for their help.

Obama has stated that he supports affirmative action. This helped him racially polarize the election in which he defeated Hillary Clinton, but has harmed him among latinos. So far, Obama has only vaguely hinted that he might modify the system, from prevent the marginal number of black millionaires from benefiting to shifting some the costs (in terms of unrewarded merit, lost opportunities, discrimination, etc.) to middle-class whites, jews, and asians.

However, Obama has only hinted as a recalibration of affirmative action’s costs. Further, it’s obviously more difficult to change a whole system than to continue a policy of rewarding supporters and punishing their rivals.

The Race-Based Candidate (Etc. Etc.)

Over at Soob, Curtis has a comment that highlights the race- and ancestry- based nature of Obama’s campaign. Most of it is as expected (essentially: Obama’s support from blacks is transnational). However, two quotes from an article by the niche newspaper Washington Informer has Curtis all abuzz. The relevant sections appear to be:

Former high-ranking Indian United Nations diplomat and columnist Shashi Tharoor was quoted in a recent TIME magazine article as saying that “An Obama victory would fulfill everything the rest of the world has been told America could be, but hasn’t quite been.”

Obama is effectively the “Afro-Asian candidate” of the emerging developing world anchored by his family roots in Kenya, the economic hub of East Africa and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country and the leading economy in the Association of South East Asian Nations.

From this poor foundation (an assertion by one Indian and the editorializing of the article itself), Curtis concludes “The “Africa” connection has been expanded to the “Asia” connection, or effect as you called it, following Obama’s success in the primary:.” After linking two the articles and posting an excerpt smaller than the one I did, Curtis concludes, “Etc. Etc.”

Obama’s race-based campaign is sickening enough without the nonsense he inspires among his supporters. Now, it may be the case that an Obama presidency campaign would be a net-positive for the United States in Asia. I find this unlikely: Asians are one of the groups most hostile to Barack Obama in the United States, and this is true among both foreign-born and American-born Asians. But Curtis does not bother to link to a single opinion poll, describe a single election, or even do anything except take the apparent endorsement of two men (Mr. Tharoor and Francis Kornegay) and conclude “etc. etc.”

Obama should reject and denounce his race-based supporters, out of concern for the United States. And Obama supporters should argue that anecdotes do not a valid argument make.

Profiles in Courage

The time stamps of Obama leaving his black nationalist church and Obama managing to half-disenfranchise Michigan and Florida are four minutes apart.

I don’t mean to imply that Obama abandoned his church the moment that Cook county the primary season ended. His campaign assured us it took the weekend.

Hopefully, we will get a less racially divisive Obama campaign out of this. For the good of the country, it is best if Obama has believed he has ridden his race-based campaign as far as it will go, but I doubt it.