I had to scan--sorry, that's the most I can devote to one of William Bennett's ravings--his column twice to make sure I hadn't missed something really, really important, like cogency. I hadn't.
President Obama won the 2012 presidential election by accumulating some of the most one-sided electoral constituencies in modern political history.
Bennett's definition of accumulated, electoral one-sidedness is the young, women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, the poor and the working class, as against Mitt Romney's multifaceted base of middle-aged white guys with comfortable incomes. I'm not making this up. I couldn't. It's too fat-headed.
Then, sure enough, came the pompously inevitable:
If the national dialogue stays on [liberals'] terms--gender, race, ethnicity, class--Republicans will continue to lose.
We must counter the discourse and speak and educate in terms of family, faith, freedom, principle, values, work, country, community, improvement, growth, and equality of opportunity.
For reasons I may never fully comprehend, the William J. Bennetts of the Republican Party are convinced that talk of gender, race, ethnicity and class somehow stands in opposition to heartfelt considerations of everything from family to equality of opportunity. They're the same damn thing. And it all includes white guys, too. Only now the operative word is includes. And that, I suppose, is as close as I can get to fully comprehending the immense indignation of the Republican Party's William J. Bennetts.