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Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Problem of Identity Politics

One of the biggest problems with the big tent of the Democratic party is that everyone wants what's best for their group. This year, they have battling groups, women and minorities.

This lady wasn't too happy with the fact that the party big wigs decided that Michigan and Florida will only get 1/2 of their delegations seated. She was unhappier that the rules committee tossed her (and many others) out of the room.

When you play identity politics, as the Democrats have for decades, you can't help but run into problems when the identities clash. Truthfully, this should have been banner year for the Democrats, hoisting the identity of the first black nominee with a chance onto their mantle. The problem is that eight months ago the party thought it would be a banner year when they did that with the first serious female nominee.

Now the women are pissed off at the black guy, the black guys are pissed off at the woman, and the party of unity is a fractured group of individuals, pissed that their identity isn't the one being recognized.

Here's an idea for their party to try in 2012, run on ideas, not identities, and see if it works out better.

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Blogger ablur said...

This could be the year the democratic party breaks up. with the party being pulled in two directions and neither side willing to give in, it is ripe for division.

12:54 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I'm beginning to think that the Donks have given the GOP too nice presents this year. Michigan and Florida.

I don't say this often but I'll say it now Thank You Democrats

9:16 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Ablur, I don't think they'll bust up, but they definitely are feeling some pain.

Shoprat, the reason the GOP hasn't been pounding this is they sanctioned both states by taking half their delegates away also. They just stuck to their guns, instead of having the decision become an issue. Even if the democrats had done it the same way from the start, though, Hillary would have raised a fuss.

5:10 AM  

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