President of All the People

by Dave Schuler on November 5, 2012

There’s quite a bit of outrage being flung around about this post at Politico. Charges of racism, etc. Here’s the meat of the controversy:

If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

A broad mandate this is not.

My remarks do not address the points made in the linked article directly. They are, as is frequently my custom, a riff on those remarks.

Despite America’s being highly diverse in race, religion, and ethnic origin, the electorate remains nearly three-quarters white. The president of the United States isn’t the white people’s president or the black and Hispanic president and should not even be seen as such.

Either that or change the motto on the Great Seal from E pluribus unum to Ad victorem spolias.

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