On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell hosted a segment on the upcoming GOP caucus in Iowa. Referring to the state itself, she stated:
The rap on Iowa? It doesn’t represent the rest of the country. Too white, too evangelical, too rural.
Yet literally the sentence before, she mentioned that Iowa “established that Barack Obama could attract white voters” in 2008.
Whatever Ms. Mitchell intended to get across in this segment, it’s clear that in the media playbook for Obama’s reelection, race will be a huge part of the narrative.