Maybe they should take a harder look at their rhetoric.
Via Reason (of course) comes an excerpt from Obama’s speech on Mandela’s 100th birthday.
Democracy demands that we’re able also to get inside the reality of people who are different than us so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours. You can’t do this if you just out of hand disregard what your opponent has to say from the start. And you can’t do it if you insist that those who aren’t like you because they are white or they are male, somehow there is no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that somehow they lack standing to speak on certain matters.
This isn’t the first time Obama’s said something like this.