Thursday, June 5, 2008

Once You Go Black You Can't Go Back

"The irony too bitter to swallow is that Barack Obama's identity politics trumped Hillary Clinton's identity politics. Put differently, what goes around comes around.

"Identity politics," something new, emerged from the dank vapors of the late 1960s and 1970s. The theory came hard-boiled and soft-boiled.

The hard version introduced people, mostly college students, to an America partitioned into categories of race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality. The softer version has flown for 30 years under all sorts of euphemized banners – diversity, multiculturalism, celebrating our differences. Only one campaign is celebrating our differences this week."


-- Daniel Henninger, writing about the loopy, and unspoken, problem the Democrats made for themselves in the primaries, in the Wall Street Journal.