April 5, 2010

Streetwise Like Me

Embattled RNC chairman Michael Steele told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that as a black man, he has to stay hipper than white Republicans, it's how he maintains his edge. Lord knows, it's a tall order. So let's not overlook Steele's more formidable achievements.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a professor of politics at Princeton University, suggests that pragmatic young African Americans seeking political leadership positions may initially evaluate both parties.

With the Democrats, they find long lines of their peers, and the positions at the head of the line are occupied by entrenched personalities seemingly reluctant to relinquish their authority to more youthful aspirants.

On the other hand, the Republicans: 'Nuff said. Shorter lines to leadership and in fact, vacant positions. It's an intriguing hypothesis and would help to explain the likes of Thomas Sowell, whom nobody believes could take seriously his own unhinged natterings.

1 comment:

krshorewood said...

Or our own James T. Harris over at the National Constipation.