It's Not About Race [Updated]
by TexasDarlin, Tue May 13, 2008 at 04:03:28 PM EDT
It's all over the blogosphere, the cable TV shows, the newspapers, it's tonight's top talking point from Obama surrogates.
It's Obama's rationale: Defeats in West Virginia (and Kentucky next week) are because those white folks got a problem voting for a black man.
But sorry, that's wrong. Not only is it wrong, it's hugely offensive to fair-minded white people. That's right, most "hillbillies" and southern folk do not discriminate. Imagine how all those white people who voted for Hillary Clinton today feel having their votes explained away due to racism. It's not going to help in November if Obama is the nominee, that much is for sure.
I just saw a FOX News exit poll statistic that 77% of the people in West Virginia said race was NOT a factor in their vote. I absolutely believe them. I believe that a different African American candidate could be much more successful than Obama among some of the white segments where he's struggled. I have been trying to shout this point from the rooftops: It is not Obama's skin color that gives voters pause. It is a collection of other issues, mixed together. It's Rev. Wright damning America, plus "bitter small-towners clinging," plus friendships with guys like Rezko and Ayres, plus Michelle's patriotism gaffe, plus the flag pin problem -- all of that combined with the experience gap, the weak name recognition -- all together, there's the answer.
It's not race, so please stop. If Obama becomes the nominee, I'd suggest that a more effective way to win votes in November is to deal head-on with the liabilities listed in that last paragraph. Playing the race card may have had some limited use in the primary season, but it will be the kiss of death for Democrats as a general-election strategy.
Obama lost West Virginia today by whopping double digits. Convenient as it may be to blame it on racism, that's a costly error.
I'd take it a step further (2.00 / 4)
I don't even think this victory has anything to do with Obama. It isn't a rejection of him... these people LOVE HILLARY! These people believe with all their hearts and minds that Hillary should be our next President. She connects with them, she speaks to them, she gets their enthusiastic support and votes.
Personally, I've never lived in a state that went for Obama. I've lived in RI, NY, MA, NH, CA, NM, PA. Racism doesn't explain why those votes went for Hillary. I don't know a single person that I'd ever in a million years call racist. I know literally hundreds of loyal Clinton supporters and their motivation is exactly like my own: Pro-pro-pro-pro-HILLARY! Not everything is about Obama. :)
Cross posted at texasdarlin
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