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Racism (n): Acknowledging that there are different races

Ed Morrissey, bless him, tries to make the best out of Matt Drudge's screaming headline treatment ("Obama Plays Race Card") on a story about President Obama's video asking his 2008 coalition to stick together.

Well, at least we know who the DNC doesn’t want around in the midterms by subtraction: older white and Asian men. At least, that’s a fair interpretation of the President’s otherwise dull speech to the faithful.

Rush Limbaugh hits the same notes.

So Obama seeks to "reconnect" with young people, with African-Americans, with Latinos, and with women. Why does Obama not seek to reconnect with white people? Why does Obama not seek (to specify) older white people? Why does Obama say he doesn't want to reach out to older white males? Why does Obama only say "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women"? Why doesn't he say that he wants to reach out to white women? It's just a question.

The answer is that Democrats, like most political analysts, expect a whiter, older midterm electorate -- especially compared with the electorate of 2008. Chris Cillizza has details, and I've had this conversation with plenty of Republican strategists. Obama's unusually blunt admission was engineered for just such a reaction -- vague hope-and-change language wouldn't have turned heads. This idea that Obama is making a special exclusion of nonminority, nonyoung voters is too cute by half.

(And for a little less subtlety, here's Dan Riehl.)

By David Weigel  |  April 26, 2010; 6:24 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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