Multi-Racial Coalitions

Kathleen Geier here at PA over the weekend; Brother Benen this morning; and many others have noted with great annoyance the meme that Obama’s relative weakness among white voters somehow makes him un-representative of “America” or negates the possibility of him having any sort of mandate if he wins. The idea seems to be that white votes somehow count more than others.

But a somewhat different angle on this issue is significant, too. If we do indeed have a country divided on racial lines, which party is more likely to have an incentive to represent all Americans, and a clue about how to do it? The one that is drawing 5% support from African-Americans and around 25% among Latinos? Or the one that is drawing a majority of its vote from white folks along with big majorities of the votes of African-Americans and Latinos? You do the math.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.