Saturday, April 18, 2015

Politico Redefines Political Correctness

Given that the Clinton campaign has suggested that they are going to run on President Obama's record rather than away from it, I found this headline at Politico to be rather provocative: Clinton's Real Opponent: Barack Obama. But when I read it, I found that they were talking about something very different than what I'd assumed.

The gist of the article goes like this: When a sitting president's job approval rating is below 50%, a candidate from their party is not likely to win. In several swing states with a high white population, Barack Obama's approval rating is lower than would otherwise be expected.

The case they are trying to make gets rather convoluted and eventually left this reader with the thought that some political scientists just have too much time on their hands. But other than that, I was amazed at how far the authors were willing to go to avoid saying the obvious: Among white voters, Barack Obama's approval rating is affected by racism.
When you combine the lower support among whites for Obama nationally with what we know about race and political affiliation in America today, it makes sense that the whiter a state is, the lower the president’s current job approval.
The really fascinating part is that, rather than give this article a title like: Clinton's Real Opponent: Racism Against Barack Obama, the folks at Politico came up with one that suggests that the President is the problem (i.e., Clinton's "opponent").

Personally, I find the whole topic of "political correctness" to be a distraction. But perhaps these days we might suggest that publications like Politico think it means that we should avoid naming racism and instead, blame the results on black/brown folks.


  1. Charles Pierce also took Politico to task...

    1. Damn you! Had to go and make me look bad in comparison to Charles Pierce's masterful use of the English language.


    2. Right, I wanted to make you look bad. Pointing out that great minds think alike was certainly not my intention.

  2. This focus by the so called pundits on the white vote is beginning to wear on if there are no other voters worthy of mention...but using these polling numbers they never address the issue of racism the reason for the low numbers .....and also by using polling numbers that means they do not have to talk about how successes of the President

    i am tired of the dishonesty of these folks...i have had enough of them...they think no one sees the JIVE...WE All SEE IT...

    As for Hillary Clinton....who knows what she will do...i do not expect her to call it as it is...and therefore she will navigate it as best as she can...trying to decide if she will court that racist white vote or the will be an interesting show to watch