I confess that, at a petty and vindictive level, it is vastly amusing to watch Hillary and Bill Clinton fight with Barack Obama about whether they are racist or not. Exploiting identity politics has been one of the cornerstones of Clintonian politics for two decades now. Both in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections (as well as in Al Gore's 2000 campaign), nasty race-baiting advertisements on urban black radio stations in the closing weeks of the election campaign were a reliable method of turning out a maximum black vote.
Bill Clinton's fabricated recollection of seeing black church burnings was another method used by the Clintons to attempt to induce blacks to vote on the basis of racial identity, rather than on the basis of issues and the actual characters of the Republican candidates against whom the Clintons were running.
Of course, the Clintons are not the only politicians who attempt to induce voting based on similar genetic codes, rather than on objective criteria. And Hillary certainly has exploited the genetic code of sex, as well as race. It is an old and proven method of corrupting the democratic process. When Hillary said in New Hampshire that she "embodied" change (by virtue of hoping to be the first female president), she again was attempting to get votes not based on the policy judgment of the voters, but rather on their loyalty to their genetic code (a bizarre and sad human trait).
It is a mark against the mainstream media that such explicit inducements to bigoted voting are not criticized harshly. If a man were to seek votes just because he was not a woman and if a white person were to appeal to votes on the basis of his white race, they promptly and correctly would be condemned for such base appeals. It should be no less worthy of condemnation if votes are sought on the basis of any other genetic details.
The upward trajectory of civilization has relied in substantial part on moving away from tribal or racial identity and toward reason and the individual. In its most virulent form, identity politics becomes genocide. American Indians, blacks, Jews, Poles, Armenians -- so many peoples have been the victims of identity politics taken to its ultimate extent. Thankfully, in U.S. politics during modern times, it merely induces moronic decision-making in the voting booths.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.