Veepstakes: On Obama's Kentucky Vote, Webb Sees Affirmative Action As Culprit

First noticed by Teddy Davis, check out what Sen. Jim Webb said in an interview today in response to a question about why Barack Obama is doing so poorly Appalachian Democrats/Scotch Irish/working class whites, a group he called "my guys."

Said Webb:

"We shouldn't be surprised at the way they are voting right now. This is the result of how affirmative action, which was basically a justifiable concept when it applied to African-Americans, expanded to every single ethnic group in America that was not white. And these were the people who had not received benefits and were not getting anything out of it. ....
The fact that they would line up and vote this way is not so much a comment on Barack. ... I think Barack Obama is saying a lot of good things that will appeal to this cultural group in time."
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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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