Why did Barack Obama decide last week to "play the race card," predicting that his political opponents would try to scare voters by pointing out that he doesn't look like the presidents on our paper money? Obama's move wasn't well calculated to help him. As a general rule, the first candidate to talk about race comes off the loser, and that seemed particularly likely here, where much of Obama's original appeal stemmed from the idea that he was "post-racial." Sure enough, it's widely agreed that Obama was the loser in this flap.
So why did he do it?
It's not too hard to figure out: he always does it. All black pols do. It's what they do and it's who they are.