Whenever race is mentioned, it hurts Barack Obama’s presidency. The
very basis of his presidency is that he is the post racial president.
Now he finds himself knee-deep into racial politics.
Some is of his own doing. In suing Arizona over immigration reform,
he takes a step that alienates the three-quarters of Anglo voters who
back the law. In refusing to prosecute the Black Panthers for their
blatant intimidation of white voters in 2008, he alienates fair thinking
people of both races. But in firing Shirley Sherrod, he showed
African-Americans that he was caving in to pressure from FOX News and
the conservatives. Then, by reversing field and reinstating her, the
president and his Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack show whites and
Republicans-Independent voters that he is caving in to pressure from the
There are two common denominators to this equation: race and
weakness. Any involvement in racial politics has to hurt Obama at his
core. It goes to his fundamental selling point: That he is post racial.
By dealing with race repeatedly, he is vulnerable just as Bill Clinton
was when he had always to deal with sexual scandal. It is not his
strength but can ultimately destroy his credibility.
And then there is weakness. By caving in first to the right and then
to the left, Obama acts and looks indecisive and weak. He comes across
as out of control and projects the same image of incapacity and chaos
that he so amply demonstrated when the oil was gushing in the Gulf. He
reminds one of the opening days of the Clinton Administration when it
tied itself in knots over the issue of gays in the military. It looks
like amateur hour at the White House.
Obama has two conflicting goals: He wants to expand his base among
whites and heighten enthusiasm of blacks. Good goals, both. But if he
uses racial issues to accomplish either objective — as he appears to do
in the Sherrod controversy — he alienates one group in order to win the
other. Not a good strategy.(1)
Source(1)Actually its been a good strategy. Obama has forced European Americans to take a second look at race and identity, and awakened many to one-way multicultural policies the Democrats and Republicans have placed against them, or allowed to be passed into law. -- Ed.