US prez race endangers many myths

From Victor Davis Hanson:

After Barack Obama’s two successful presidential elections, liberal and supposedly far more inclusive Democrats declared themselves the only party that looks like the new multiracial America. Republicans, in contrast, were written off as mostly old white fogies — has-beens bitterly clinging to their fading prior privilege.

The campaign has exploded that myth too. The Republican field is far more diverse, although the candidates see their ethnicity as incidental rather than essential, in bumper-sticker fashion, to their personas. The candidates include the young (44-year-old Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio), the ethnically diverse (Cruz, Jindal Rubio and Ben Carson), and successful outsiders who do not have political backgrounds (Carson, Trump, Carly Fiorina).

In contrast, the Democrat candidates appear far older, are all white, and are all political has-beens. Multimillionaire Hillary Clinton alone boasts of her female status (in a way her Republican counterpart, Fiorina, does not). But Hillary is neither young nor a fresh outsider. She represents half of a tired Clinton dynasty, whose old-boy network of Wall Street/Washington insider, big-money politics goes back well into the last century. More.

But how much do facts really matter these days, to the hundred million Americans on means-tested benefits?

The myth of the old, angry white male Republican is surely a way of saying, We want government to look after us and those guys don’t want to pay for that! It isn’t fair! We’ll elect people who make those bastards pay for [insert allegation here]. The main thing is, make them pay.

The local Republican voter could be a sole support mom who runs a hairdressing shop and doesn’t appreciate being told that she “didn’t build that.”

Too bad. She must be a bitch if she claims she rose by hard work, right? So she has punishment coming too.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Other than being Dems, there is NOTHING WRONG with “an all White” field of candidates.
    “White People” founded and built this country.

    • Liberals will defend things that are demonstrably false. Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Jindal- all are racial minorities and well-spoken. This is immaterial because liberals need to believe in white bogey-men and racial minorities who don’t identify as American.

      • V10_Rob

        They’re ‘acting white’, so they aren’t covered by any ethnic victimhood status. Thus the left’s logical conundrum is resolved and they can go back to thinking about rainbows and unicorns.

    • Alain

      I think the most important and necessary thing is for conservatives to stop allowing the leftists to set the rules which always puts the conservatives on the defensive instead of the offensive.

    • V10_Rob

      Couldn’t we scream that allowing non-Europeans to participate in elections and the social welfare system is a micro-aggression of cultural appropriation?

      There’s surely some SJWs dim enough to buy it.