Monday, November 24, 2008

Sec of Commerce: Not an "A" position

Over at mydd, I again show how Obama is caught in the identity politics game with Richardson

Yesterday, I took grief for stating my opinion about the lack of Latinos in the "A" level cabinet positions.
I thought that Obama had created a problem for himself because he willingly played the identity politics game (where you address different segments of the population as members of self-identifyed groups, and make political bargains for votes) and not adequately showing respect to Latinos who were a crucial swing group. This was especially true with the perceived black-brown racial tension, and the potential of McCain to appeal to latinos (at least much more than any other Republican).
For some reason, almost everyone disputed the notion of "A", "B", and "C" level cabinet posts. They also felt that this wasn't an embarrassment for Richardson.
Well maybe a Politico headline, "Downwardly Mobile?, How bad does he want it" will show you I'm on to something.

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