As any avid viewer of The Wire knows, House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, is an able and important politician.
As such, when he speaks he tends to speak carefully.
George Stephanopoulos, who’s anchoring World News tonight, forwards me this interview Hoyer did with the Washington Post’s Chris Cillliza, in which Hoyer seems to be sounding the alarm about the ugly gender and racial politics in the Democratic contest.
Betwixt and between the artful diction, it seems to me, is the sound of an alarm.
"When they attack one another its not just an attack on the other candidate, it is taken by women or by African-Americans in a more personal sense," Hoyer says. "To that extent I think a continued clash between the 2 candidates, which is inevitable in any campaign, is not particularly helpful."
When a major Dem says something like that on-camera, it’s pretty serious business.
We’re taking a look at race and the race tonight on World News.
* UPDATE: This was originally titled "House Democratic Leader: Obama and Clinton Attacks Destroying the Party," which I said right off the bat was an overstatement. Some readers, including at least one with Hoyer’s office, protested that the headline was misleading (even though I said it was an overstatement.) Whatever, I changed it.