Against ‘Enemies’

by John J. Pitney, Jr.

It is sad to see that President Obama is urging Hispanic voters to “punish our enemies.” On June 3, 2008, then-Senator Obama said:

But what you don’t deserve is another election that’s governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon – that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize.

John J. Pitney Jr. is the Roy P. Crocker professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna College.

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