I think I probably spend to much time paying attention to things not worth the effort. This election cycle is certainly the most important one in history. I know this because Wolf Blitzer said so. What’s really not important is the crap that passes as news on this campaign. Bill Clinton had it right when he said the fighting and bickering is what the news wants to report on, and so they feed the candidates questions that lead to more bickering, and then stand piously on their pedestals crying “for shame.”
The race issue was a given. There is a half black guy in the race, and therefore race will be an issue, because race sells advertising and newspapers. John McCain lying about Biff Romney’s stance on timetables in Iraq (which most americans supported a few months back) isn’t nearly as juicy as Bill Clinton saying Jesse Jackson won in ’84 and ’88 in Soputh Carolina. This comment is true, but is delightfully newsworthy because the wonks can call it anti-black code speak.
Now, calling Bill a racist is like calling David Duke a champion of minority rights, but reality isn’t at issue. What’s at issue is how can we wring every bit of drama we can out of a primary that is rapidly turning into the equivalent of a chowhall food fight. Bill isn’t a racist, and anyone that doubted black South Carolina would vote for Obama should probably hearken back to the 80’s when they twice voted for Jesse Jackson.
Meanwhile, coservative groups are robocalling as fast as their 486’s can pound out the calls to tell everyone who will listen what a bad bad black hater Clinton is.
Now why would the conservatives do that? Is it because they believe Barack is a much easier foe than Hillary? I do, and I’m your basic dull normal midwesterner. The Clnton’s are a formidable opponent. Barack on the other hand hasn’t proven that he will be.
I remember watching him at the Convention in 2004 and thinking “there stands the first black president of the United States. I didn’t know he was half black or I may have called him the first brown president. I also didn’t know he would risk that possibility by running before he could walk. He is a first term senator from Illinois. His self proclaimed experience on the world stage was a trip to Africa as a youth, and this may or may not be enough for him to traverse the labyrinth of international issues facing America’s next president. Awww, hell, thats a damn lie. there is no way he is ready.
So the phrase used in this title is being bandied about by the experts/idiots on all the news shows. I believe it. I don’t think blacks vote for Barack because they hate whites, though in many cases that may be the case. You would be hard pressed to find anyone that would admit it if they did, and there is nothing wrong with racial pride anyway. I especially like the kind of racial pride that causes blacks to lambaste the only president that really did anything for them. Don’t tell me about LBJ. His racism IS a matter of public record.
I like Barack. I think he has the best intentions, and I think he really believes he can make a difference. The reason I won’t vote for him though isn’t my racial pride. It’s that the chunky chick with the big butt has proven she can go to war with the scoundrels and malcontents that infest the halls of congress. She has also proven that she knows it requires breaking eggs to make an omelette, and for better or worse that will mkae her the most entertaining president if not the most effective. I’ve long since given up hope that any of them have a clue how to put the dirt back in the hole they’ve dug for us.
For those of you who say Hillary had nothing to do with the success of the Clinton Administration and therefore has no right to take credit for it I say this. You’ve never been married if you believe that.