Politico's Lois Romano wrote today that the 2012 presidential election has become a "battle for white men," because, "after decades of taking a back seat" to women and minorty voter. Now, exactly when were white guys being so ignored? Now, it's true, that Mitt Romney is honing in on white guys with the endorsement of Mike Rowe, who as the current king of dude TV hosts of Dirty Jobs, narrates Deadliest Catch, and is the face of Ford pick-up trucks. But if you've been a sentient being during more than one presidential elections in recent "decades," you might remember some white guys playing a role. Browse the wire services' photo archives and you'll discover the battle for white men has never stopped. Indeed, you might say that every election has been a battle for white men. Including this election, because Politico's Alexander Burns reported on April 19 that the real fight between Mitt Romney and President Obama would be over "upscale and blue-collar white voters."
Every four years -- well, every year, really -- politicians surround themselves with white male faces while they engage in whatever white male activities have been deemed the hottest embodiments of earthy authenticity by East Coast people. (This year, Obama's all over the microbrews.) I searched for evidence of presidential candidates indulging women in a similar fashion, yet have been unable to uncover any photos of, say, President Obama shopping at J.C. Penny's on the weekend while a crowd of women shoppers looks on. Behold, the front lines of the Battle for White Men, the Hundreds and Hundreds Years War of our time.