March 3, 2008
In “The Warrior and the Priest” Ramesh Ponnuru contrasts Senator Hillary Clinton’s and Senator Barack Obama’s core support. I suppose it is fair to describe Obama as a “secular priest” of sorts.
For secular, left-leaning and some not so left-leaning, affluent white Americans, supporting Obama is an exercise in moral narcissism, affirming they are good people. They wear their Obama support on their sleeves as a badge of that goodness. For a great many it’s about sentiment, not policy. And, just as they eagerly share that they’ve installed solar panels and drive a hybrid, Chablis in hand Marin and San Francisco elites gush over Obama. The black American vote is more straightforward. It has been owned lock, stock and barrel by the Democrats since WW2. Why do most blacks support Obama over Democrat stalwart Clinton? Identify politics. His skin is brown. Hers isn’t.
The next leader of the free world may well be decided by this infantile political dynamic. In the general election McCain’s conservative support will be less than enthusiastic and many independents and Lincoln Chaffee Republicans will be susceptible to the Obama spell.Author : Eric Grover