White Man’s Burden

Did anyone else ever see that terrible movie from the 90’s? Well, Elizabeth Edwards is doing a remake on the campaign trail. Why? Because she thinks John Edwards is getting screwed in press coverage. So they’re turning to the internet to help get the message out about their campaign, reaching out directly to voters. Sounds like a smart strategy to me. But she also says:

“In some ways, it’s the way we have to go. We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”

Uh, I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, but that’s fucked up. Perhaps some of the reasons Obama and Clinton are getting more attention in the mainstream media are their back and forth sniping, or the fact that they’re incredibly far ahead in polls and fundraising.
The point is folks, it’s hard out there for a white man. Maybe Edwards shold run as a Republican. They’re all white, that should make it easier on him.
As Kevin puts it,

“This is me calling bullshit on the wife of a potential Presidential candidate blatantly using existing prejudices against Blacks and women for her husband’s political gain.”

Update: Since some folks seem confused about what I think is the problem with Elizabeth Edwards’ comment, I’ll try to be more clear:
Her comment, and the Esquire cover are poor John, life is unfair complaining. Which is a classic political tactic for a 3rd-place candidate. But in this case they’re playing off of people’s fears, and boiling the popularity of these other candidates down to their gender and race. None of those are acceptable tactics for a “progressive” campaign to be using.

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