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A couple thoughts about the race

August 27, 2008

HuffPost: If You Really Want to Understand What This Race is About, Look at the Two Candidates’ Fathers

How dare that elitist Obama have a poor and troubled upbringing, and lord it over the humble and not-at-all psychologically damaged McCain?

Slate: If Obama Loses… Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him.

What’s it take to swing a close election; two, three percent?  There’s way more than that who wouldn’t vote for Obama (or any other black man) if he were Jesus Christ carrying the cure for the common cold in a suitcase full of diamonds.

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  1. August 27, 2008 at 23:52 | #1

    Thanks for posting that first link, it was very illuminating. It’s a highly recommend read to those tending to be moderates.

  2. lastcall
    August 29, 2008 at 21:40 | #2

    I am sorry but I heartily disagree with this premise. I am NOT a huge McCain fan but I am not an Obama fan at all. I think his ties to a number of people are truly scary. I disgree with his economic plan and his entire economic philosophy.

    On the McCain side of things while he is not truly a conservative – which I am not either – he does actually live up to his no pork pledge. He actually has been a member of the senate for quite a number of years and has not brought home the bacon to Arizona like a certain IL senior senator. Don’t underestimate how important this is to republican voters (maybe not actual republican candidates.) The whole downfall of the republican majority has been their free spending ways. Most conservatives – in my opinion re fiscally conservative above all else. Certainly some are very concerned about social issues – I am not one of them – but I think the majority of conservatives are truly disappointed that the GOp had a majority and could not curb spending. This is an issue that will help McCain.

    What upsets me the most is that if McCain wins Americans will be labeled racist. That REALLY irks me. One can disagree with Obama and not be racist.

  3. August 29, 2008 at 22:06 | #3

    No need to apologize for disagreeing!  particularly in a thoughtful way as you do.

    The premise, though, isn’t that disagreeing with Obama would make you a racist. It is that there are enough genuine racists out there to throw an election. In this the author may be quite right.

  4. August 30, 2008 at 08:56 | #4

    What upsets me the most is that if McCain wins Americans will be labeled racist.

    I’m not sure where you get that premise from at all. Sure some people might be jerks and call you a racist, but those people would be pretty ignorant to what the term racist means, making decisions based on race.

    I wouldn’t worry about other people too much. Do what you gotta do and if people can’t accept you just because you didn’t vote for Obama, well the problem is with those people.

  5. james old guy
    August 30, 2008 at 15:57 | #5

    I would think the raciest would be balanced out by those that would vote for any black candidate. Think Marion Barry.

  6. August 30, 2008 at 16:00 | #6

    Possibly.  I wish I could think that no one would let the race of a candidate sway their vote but that’s probably unrealistic.

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