AP story here re Wesley Clark criticizing John Kerry today for saying in the 1990s that affirmative action represented a “culture of dependency.” Kerry says now that he was only describing how critics of affirmative action characterized it; Clark says Kerry should take responsibility for once criticizing this sacred cow.
How bizarre and depressing. Kerry’s 1990s description was perfectly accurate then and even more so today, racial and ethnic preferences are enormously unpopular with most Americans, but no ambitious Democrat is willing to take on his party’s base over this issue.
All Bush has to say is that he opposes racial and ethnic preferences, which is the only kind of affirmative action that is at issue today, and anyone who would ever think of voting Republican will be on his side. But will he?