For example, consider how affirmative action largely disappeared as something disussable in polite society in recent years. John McCain had a chance to take it up as an issue in 2008 but decided not to touch it. How`d that work out for him?
Today, people are talking about affirmative action again because Obama blundered by appointing a judge who had voted against Frank Ricci.
And yet, consider how the discourse remains structured even among Sotomayor`s critics: as a moral issue of fair play. Hey, it`s 2009: why not talk also about it as an economic issue? Can we continue to afford racial/ethnic preferences? Will we be able to continue to afford them in the future as the country adds 97 million Hispanics from 2000 to 2050?