Michael Kinsley Thinks Race "Played Virtually No Role In The 2012 Campaign"
November 09, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Ann Althouse quotes Michael Kinsley:

"One subject that gets barely a mention in `Double Down` — because it played virtually no role in the 2012 campaign — is race."

"In a book that aspires to be, and largely succeeds in being, the dispositive (or do I mean definitive?) account of the election, that may be the most remarkable fact of all," writes Michael Kinsley in a review of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann`s new book (which follows on their "Game Change," about the 2008 election).

Ann Althouse doesn`t believe it—she blogged all through the campaign, and has a blog category for "racial politics" which got a pretty good workout in the campaign.

She was able to give over thirty examples—I`ll give half a dozen from her list:

Here`s what Kinsley means by race playing "no role" in the campaign—Romney`s appeal to his white base was almost non-existent, certainly not enough to get him seriously convicted of "dog-whistling."

In the meantime, Obama`s campaign kept up the blaring klaxon of race issues that it featured during the 2008 campaign. (The most flagrant appeal to race made by Obama during the campaign being "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.") Steve Sailer covered this in Census Bureau Refutes “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” Mantra—Obama Won Because Of Old Black Ladies (And Turned-Off Whites).

So in Michael Kinsley`s world, race plays no role in the campaign if the white candidate has nothing to say about it.