If Obama LosesWeisberg goes on -
Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him.
Posted Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at 12:02 AM ET
But let's be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn't ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.
Much evidence points to racial prejudice as a factor that could be large enough to cost Obama the election. That warning is written all over last month's CBS/New York Times poll, which is worth examining in detail if you want a quick grasp of white America's curious sense of racial grievance. In the poll, 26 percent of whites say they have been victims of discrimination. Twenty-seven percent say too much has been made of the problems facing black people. Twenty-four percent say the country isn't ready to elect a black president. Five percent of white voters acknowledge that they, personally, would not vote for a black candidate.
Five percent surely understates the reality. In the Pennsylvania primary, one in six white voters told exit pollsters race was a factor in his or her decision. Seventy-five percent of those people voted for Clinton. You can do the math: 12 percent of the Pennsylvania primary electorate acknowledged that it didn't vote for Barack Obama in part because he is African-American. And that's what Democrats in a Northeastern(ish) state admit openly. The responses in Ohio and even New Jersey were dispiritingly similar.Let me clarify, that's 5% of Democrat, Republican, and Independent primary voters who said race was a factor. That's tiny. But, 12% of Pennsylvania DEMOCRAT primary voters didn't vote in favor of Barry O "because he is African-American." That's huge. Obama is actually Arab-American, but why quibble a small point when truth challenges popular myth?
It isn't White REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE racists who will defeat Obama, but rather the White DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE racists who will do so. Weisberg even says so, but not until the fourth paragraph, "And that's what Democrats in a Northeastern(ish) state admit openly." But the Democrats are already accusing and painting Conservatives and Republicans as racists for Obama's general election defeat months before the election is even held.
Frankly, I haven't met any Conservative or Republican who would not have voted for Obama in a heartbeat IF he had professed the same or similar traditional conservative values and was genuinely proud of his country. I and my Conservative and Republican friends enthusiastically supported Lynn Swann and Michael Steele, and hold out hope that McCain may pick Steele as his VP choice, not because he's Black, but because his opinions and values are nearly identical to mine. Obama's values are not even close to my values nor those of anyone I know on the freedom side of prison bars.
Barack Obama was down in the polls and losing the general election because of his own vacuous words and hollow sentimentality. His choice of Joe Biden simply sealed his loss.
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