Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain have something in common besides being conservative Republicans. Their existence threatens what Joseph Cannon calls the “unrelenting scourge of liberalism: Identity politics.”
Recently we have seen Operation Get Rubio, a “systematic collusion of media and other left-leaning organizations intent on the impeachment of Marco Rubio’s Hispanic authenticity.” For three years feminists have been attacking Sarah Palin and lately there have been numerous attacks on Herman Cain painting him as a race traitor and an Uncle Tom.
The modern Democratic party is basically a coalition of identity groups, including blacks, Hispanics, LGBT’s, feminists and union members. Each identity faction is represented by one or more advocacy groups such as NOW, the NAACP, and NCLR. The concept isn’t inherently bad – different factions working together for their mutual benefit – but in practice it is problematic.
In order to work not only must the coalition stay unified but the individual factions must remain cohesive. The easiest way to do this is to stress common issues. This is why the Democratic party emphasizes racism, homophobia, sexism and abortion. Palin, Rubio and Cain threaten that cohesiveness.
Sarah Palin calls herself a pro-life feminist. She is a successful, self-made woman. Except for her stance on abortion she should be a feminist icon. Instead she is vilified by feminist groups. What would it do to the message that the Republicans hate women if the GOP nominated a woman for president? But they can’t say that so feminists paint her out to be an incompetent fake and a gender traitor.
Rubio and Cain are having their authenticity challenged. Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants but the Democrats are trying to draw a distinction between “immigrant” and “exile.” They are also trying to create a narrative that he is dishonest if not criminal.
Like him or not, Herman Cain is an American success story. Born and raised in the segregated south, he attended an all-black college and then through hard work became a millionaire. He is the biggest threat to Democratic hegemony over black votes since the Civil Rights era.
If Cain became the GOP nominee next year and managed to win just 25% of the black vote he would crush Obama in the election. Unfortunately for the Democrats they only have one card to play – the race card.
Do they really want to argue that Barack Obama is more authentic than Herman Cain?
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