Interesting statement from Van Jones, here.
“I think if President Obama came out as gay, he wouldn’t lose the black vote,” a cheerful Van Jones told MSNBC this afternoon.
“President Obama is not going to lose the black vote no matter what he does,” he added.
Ann Althouse devoted a post dedicated to dissecting what’s wrong with the first portion of that quote (and there is a lot that is wrong with that first portion): so let me let her get on with that so that I can point out the major problem with the second portion.
Simply put: never tell a politician that, Van Jones. Never, ever, ever, ever tell a politician that. Because what the politician hears is You can do whatever you want and not have to worry about that particular demographic. Politicians are at their best when they’re just a little* afraid of their activists. Especially when they’re not entirely certain about just what it’ll take to set those activists off. To neatly scupper that laudable fear like this is somewhat amateurish…
Oh, right. Van Jones. Silly me.
*If they’re too afraid of their activists then they’ll never dare defy them when the politician is right and the activists are wrong.