Obama, Race and Ethnic Politics will Factor Big in the Race to the White House
January 07 2008 -Political Analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson says Obama, racial and ethnic politics will be intensely debated in the battle for the White House. Black, Latino and Asian vote will be hotly contested.
Inglewood, CA, Jan 07,2008--Political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson flatly says in his new book The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House that top Democrats are liberated from their party’s racist past and can now freely talk about race and poverty in their political campaigns. The subjects might not yet dominate the national political debate, but they are no longer taboo subjects.
Hutchinson also contends that the Democrats didn’t stop there. When the GOP presidential candidates all ducked invitations to speak at the NAACP, National Urban League, National Council of La Raza and National Association of Latino Elected Officials conventions during the spring and summer of 2007, the Democratic National Committee pounced on them. They issued outraged press statements. They charged that since the GOP ignored blacks and Latinos, they in turn should ignore the GOP come Election Day 2008.
Hutchinson further asserts that racial and ethnic conflict has openly and covertly played a crucial role the past three decades in influencing, shaping and ultimately deciding who bags the world’s biggest political prize, the White House. It tells how racial politics will play an even bigger role in the 2008 presidential election and future elections.
He examines Obamamania, the Hillary and Bill factor, the soaring Latino vote, the silent but potent Asian-American vote, the immigration wars, the GOP’s love-hate relationship with black and Latino America, and Bush’s effort to recast the GOP from a clubby, ole white guys party to a party of racial diversity.
Here is a sampling of questions Hutchinson asks and answers in The Ethnic Presidency:
Will America accept a black president? Can Obama be that president?
Will America accept a woman president? Can Hillary be that president?
Will America accept a Latino president? Can Bill Richardson be that president?
Will America accept a Mormon president? Can Mitt Romney be that president?
How the GOP played the Southern Strategy through Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. to repeatedly win the White House. Can and will they abandon it in 2008?
Did blacks and Latinos elect Bush?
Have the Democrats taken the black and Latino vote for granted?
Why have Presidential candidates other than John Edwards avoided making poverty an issue?
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His forthcoming book is The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House (Middle Passage Press, February, 2007).
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