Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beyond questions of economic or foreign policy

Mark Steyn on American politics in 2012:

For much of the electorate, politics is now tribal. I don't just mean the 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics who voted for Obama, but various other demographic niches, from impoverished single women to upscale gays. If you know whether someone's black or lesbian or a college professor, you can guess how they vote and be right nine times out of ten. They are beyond questions of economic or foreign policy: Their self-identification trumps politics. Sociocultural identifiers count for more than the failure of the stimulus or a cover-up in Benghazi.

Contemplating the enacting of Obamacare, the next two or three Supreme Court appointments, the "flexibility" promised to Putin re the post-American order, the remorseless expansion of debt and dependency, that's kind of the way it feels, doesn't it? Like I said, get back in the game — or 2016 will just be the umpteenth GOP remake of Die Another Day.

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