Your Whiteness is Showing:
An Open Letter to Certain White Women Who are Threatening to Withhold Support From Barack Obama in November
While I’m not as quick to blame it on racism, Tim Wise makes a very strong and eloquent case for why it’s insane for Clinton supporters to threaten to vote McCain, and because of this insanity, why it’s hard to blame it on anything other than racism.
And now for a third question, and this is the biggie, so please take your time with it: How is it that you have managed to hold your nose all these years, just like a lot of us on the left, and vote for Democrats who we knew were horribly inadequate–Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dukakis, right on down the uninspiring line–and yet, apparently can’t bring yourself to vote for Barack Obama? A man who, for all of his shortcomings (and there are several, as with all candidates put up by either of the two major corporate parties) is surely more progressive than any of those just mentioned. And how are we to understand that refusal–this sudden line in the proverbial sand–other than as a racist slap at a black man? You will vote for white men year after year after year–and are threatening to vote for another one just to make a point–but can’t bring yourself to vote for a black man, whose political views come much closer to your own, in all likelihood, than do the views of any of the white men you’ve supported before. How, other than as an act of racism, or perhaps as evidence of political insanity, is one to interpret such a thing?
He raises a lot of good points, even outside of the racism discussion.
Posted in Clinton, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Democratic Party Implosion, Election '08, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Lip Magazine, Racism, Sexism, Tim Wise
Superdelegates, I know you’ve probably been waiting to let this process “play itself out” and only make your endorsement only after all the Primaries are held. Well, you’ve allowed the Party to become more and more split by your non-action, and in the past few days, we now have events like this: Florida delegates file lawsuit to get delegation seated. If you care one iota about keeping your Party together, if you have any inkling of a desire to win in November, it’s time to finally act to end this nonsense that is doing nothing but angering both sides.
Plus, if you act now, maybe all the delegates from Florida and Michigan could be seated as is anyway.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party Implosion, Democrats, Florida Delegates, Hillary Clinton, Michigan Delegates, Political Lawsuits, Politics, Superdelegates
You know, there is a rift in the Democratic Party, but certainly not anything that cannot be minimized come November, especially if Clinton ever starts reconciliation. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll:
Both Democratic candidates beat McCain by a gap well outside the margin of error. Obama beats McCain by 7 points in the poll, 47 percent to 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton bests the Arizona senator by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent.
So while the media does its best to make it seem like there’s a gigantic rift in the Party that can’t be fixed (and to some extent, so does Clinton), the truth is quite the opposite.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, Media, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, Democractic Nomination, Democratic Party, Democratic Party Implosion, Democratic Rift, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Politics, Polls
Heated Campaign Souring Democrats On Rival Candidates
To all those Clinton backers who a month ago asked why she should drop out even though it was mathematically impossible for her to win the majority of pledged delegates, here’s your answer.
From CNN: Clinton: Pledged delegates can switch sides
From Slate’s XX Factor: Hillary in 2012!
Not that she needs [David Brooks] to tell her it’s over—and has been for some time, if you’re going to be a total math drone about it. Honestly, if you didn’t know better, you might even have begun to suspect she was hanging in there at least in part to do the maximum damage to her party’s nominee, weakening his chances in the fall and building the I-told-you-so case for Hillary in 2012. But that couldn’t be right. Right?
The title says it all, Superdelegates. If you don’t want to blow it yet again this year (and for the near future), it’s time to end it before Clinton destroys any possible chance for victory in November (or ever again).