Friday, February 29, 2008

Appearances can be deceiving

Howard Dean claims the Republican field “looks like the 1950s...”

The Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former Governor of Vermont contrasted the two parties’ presidential candidates, saying that with a woman and an African-American as the two front-runners, the Democratic field “looks like America,” while the all-white male Republican field “looks like the 1950s and talks like the 1850s.”

And one particularly cynical Democratic campaign acts like it's the 1950s...

“African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.

“This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.”

And here I was told that the Democrats were hung up on the Vietnam-era.

UPDATE: Powerline finds the NY Times using a 50s reference too:

      In 1955, when WLBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., did not want to run a network report about racial desegregation, it famously hung up the sign: “Sorry, Cable Trouble.” …

    1955--hey, that was only 53 years ago! These things happen all the time in the South, you know. For the Times, where the South is concerned, it's eternally the 1950s.