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2008 Election and Race

Mike Duncan's Silence and The Republican Party of Exclusion

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

That is why Bobby Jindal and Anh Cao are being heralded as the saviors of the Republicans. Because they see nothing fundamentally wrong with their party, only with its packaging.


Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As a man whose very humanity is a complex blend of national and racial identity, Obama has the look of a person who transcends the old categories we must now discard.

So, You're Anti-American. Is There a Cure?

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Frevele

I can't do anything about where I live to cure myself of being "anti-American." But what about my family and friends? Some of them are "anti-American," some of them actually are "pro-American."

Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Elections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Like everyone else in America, I was waiting to see how the match up between Palin and Biden would transpire. Beyond the giddy atmosphere that was bu...

Donna Brazile Reflects on Race, Gender, and the Media in the 2008 Elections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Brazile wowed the assembled crowd at St. Johns with a combination of thoughtful insights, dry humor, insider anecdotes, and culinary metaphors.

What Do Whites Want? Why The Papers Are Getting The Race Polls Wrong

Jeff Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Chang

Today's NY Times poll -- which has turned into a game of "White People: So You Think You're Not Racist?"-- found that Blacks really love Obama and whites kinda like McCain. Good work, fellas!

Ghosts of 1960

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

For all the advantages that Barack Obama has this year, the same problems that nearly led to Kennedy losing to Nixon are lurking just below the surface of the 2008 political landscape.

Race, Ethnicity and the 2008 General Election

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Poverty trumps ethnicity as a factor determining voter preference: if the dollar continues to sink, voters will vote their pocketbooks rather than their prejudices and Obama will glide into the Oval Office.

When Rove Calls Obama Arrogant, He Means "Uppity"

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Karl Rove says Barack Obama is arrogant. Arrogant, of course, is a euphemism. In the monochromatic bunkers from which old-schoolers cling to power the true word they use is "uppity" when hurled at blacks.

Michelle Obama is Nobody's "Baby Mama"

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Michelle Obama is no "baby mama". I still am dumbfounded by what an offensive, insensitive, racially charged reference Fox News made.

Barack Ends His Relationship With Reverend Wright

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

Senator Obama, you have made a wise choice. You may be in a fight with Rev. Wright for the duration of your campaign, but you will be seen as being on the right side... the progressive side