Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Name that columnist!
Every politician, good or bad, is an ambitious opportunist. But beneath this topsoil, the ones who make a constructive dent on history have some bedrock of consistency, of fidelity to some central idea. In Obama’s case, this “idea” is the ultimate distillation of identity politics: the idea of his blackness. Those who claim that if he were white he would be cantering effortlessly into the White House do not understand that without his most salient physical characteristic Obama would be seen as a second-tier senator with unimpressive credentials.
No fair using the Google to find out! The fun here, as in the GRE, lies in the guessing.
Still too tough? OK, one tiny hint: the final sentence of the paragraph from which this passage is taken goes like so: “His campaign treasury is now a vast hogswallow that, if it had been amassed by a Republican, would be the topic of thunderous liberal complaint.” Does that help?