Monday, February 18, 2008

The Big Question About Obama

And, of course, the big question about any candidate is: What will voters do in the voting booth? Because it is for certain, theoretical blocks of voters will not remain faithful in the secrecy of the voting booth. Ergo, the bigger question about Barack Obama is: Will black voters vote for Obama? For all the excited predictions that pundits and analysts are making concerning the mass defections of Republicans into the Dem camp, and Dems into the Indie camp, and born-agains into the Jezebel camp, and whites into the black camp, no one knows what blacks will do because there is no black camp, Oprah Winfrey and her posse notwithstanding. And by the way I looooove the comic who said, “Don’t you hate white people who try to sound black? Like Oprah.” But back to the question at hand: Will black people vote for Obama? WE DO NOT KNOW! I do know this: Among blacks of a certain age, there is a tendency when seeking a lawyer, a doctor, a therapist, or a financial advisor, to opt for white. My belief, although I do not KNOW this to be true, is that blacks will not vote black out-of-hand any more than whites will vote white out-of-hand. And I suspect it will be a real mistake for Obama to try to appeal to the black vote, whatever that would mean in his mind and his handlers’ minds. Oh, and one more thing I do know: Everyone is getting so sick of the trumped-up Clinton/Obama contest. There is no contest. It doesn’t matter a damn who gets the nomination. What matters is that the McCain/Huckabee/OldFart/Moron faction should not win the election. I am sure I am not the only one who breathed a sigh of relief yesterday while watching the “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” segment on Chris Matthews morning show. Someone (I think it was David Gregory) prophesied there will be NO last minute jockying for nomination status between Clinton and Obama because the two of them will reach a consensus and save us all from 11th hour ugliness. IT IS DEVOUTLY TO BE HOPED!!!!

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

Actually it does matter, because Clinton's foreign policy advisors--and so her probable foreign policy team if elected president--is dominated by crazy warmongers. Obama's not so much.