Everyone should check out Ann’s great piece up at The American Prospect Online about identity politics and this election. Among other things, she makes the salient and totally neglected point that every election is, in part, about identity politics–even when every candidate is white, old, and rich. I chuckled at this bit:
After all, Clinton and Obama and their supporters aren’t playing “identity politics” any more than John Kerry’s supporters did in 2004, or George W. Bush’s did in 2000. It’s absurd to suggest that the Andover-Yale-Harvard-bred Bush adopting a swagger and thickening his Texas accent, or John Kerry riding a borrowed Harley onto The Tonight Show set, was anything other than identity politics.