Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Nuts about ACORN

Today in my office, a pimp and his prostitute came looking for advice on where to score some blow and advice on how to fill out their W-2s. When I told them what they could do, they accused me of encouraging them to engage in public masturbation. I hope Beck and Co. don’t get hold [...]

It's Only Identity Politics When Y'all Do It.

Ann Friedman hits the nail square on the head in a recent column on identity politics in The American Prospect.

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Would a Really Honest Campaign Ad Work?

When Tom Bradley first ran for mayor of Los Angeles, he had to contend with white voters’ real apprehension about casting a ballot for a black man.

As Seth Greenfield, a writer who worked on Bradley’s mayoral bid says, that meant addressing that fear directly in campaign ads.

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Edwards, Giuliani Call it a Campaign

I’m no John Edwards fan (we’re generally ambivalent up in here) but I read a thoughtful piece yesterday by Alice Bonner on The Root, who said that being the child of a poor Southern laborer — like John Edwards, the son of a mill worker, in case you hadn’t heard —- was as much [...]

(That's code for 'Because I'm A White Guy')

In the storm of even-less-concealed-than-usual animosity that was last night’s CNN Democratic presidential debate, John Edwards seemed determined to play the role of calm, expensively-coiffured port. His tsk-tsking, goody two-shoes though it may have been, reflected what a lot of us were thinking. John Edwards wanted his competitors to stop bickering and start [...]

Obama Wants an End to the 'Silliness'

Barack Obama doesn’t want to have back and forths on the MLK thing anymore, and this spate of increasingly reductive (and stupid) gender vs. race discussions may finally be over. We hope.

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'The Black Primary'

Looking past New Hampshire tomorrow, the Democratic primary in South Carolina is a must-win for Edwards and Clinton, but for Obama, it has special import.

For most of 2007 Obama’s been feeling a chill down here, too. With African-Americans likely to make up a majority of primary voters on the Democratic side, South Carolina’s [...]