Well, it’s official. American politics is now one big leftist college classroom, run by Professor Obama. Some students may object to the lesson, but the outline of our arguments has been carefully selected by the prof.
We are living through the first true “race, gender, class” national political campaign. This mind-numbing trilogy first beset our college classrooms. Now it debases our politics. Take a look around: Bain Capital (class); “war on women” (gender); “dog whistle politics” (race). The Republican convention has been saddled with the task of responding to these attacks, but where do they come from in the first place?
The college-educated suburban swing voters critical to Obama’s coalition are susceptible to this sort of nonsense, in no small part because they went to college. I’ve been arguing that these suburbanites are going to be the targets of the president’s second-term redistributive schemes. They’d rethink their support for Obama if they knew that. Yet these same suburbanites are part of a great inversion of the American electorate in which college-educated voters have migrated over time to the Democrats.
Race, class, and gender can be revealing categories of analysis, to be sure. Yet they’ve been abused and abased by the academic Left, turned into tools for debunking and dismissing all that is good in our history, our literature, our philosophy, and now our politics.
Has there ever been a campaign like this? The Democrats have swung left — far left. Their playbook, like their president, comes straight out of an academic world in which traditional scholarship has been overthrown by political activists in professors’ robes.