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Train Wreck: The Presidential Election

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I don’t know about other progressives/liberals/radicals/Democrats, but I’m gettin’ real freaked out, kids. For 15 months this train’s been speeding headlong into what’s looking more and more like utter disaster. Because the media wanted sexy copy, they gave a black man and a white woman central billing from Day One, pushing some perfectly good potential presidential candidates off to the sidelines–Jon Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd. Even Joe Biden and Bill Richardson are good guys. Any of these Democrats (with the exception of Kucinich, who might be too radical for the mainstream) could’ve trounced any Republican in a heartbeat. But no, the Dems and the media and the bored masses wanted a circus sideshow—and brother, did they get it. Now that the moment’s arrived to get serious, the Democratic Party must surely see what a dreadful blunder’s been made. Barack Obama will most likely be the Democratic nominee—and the Democrats will lose what should’ve been a slam-dunk. Again!

Obama is unelectable because:

(1) The Republican machinery will crush him. Hillary’s going to look like Little Miss Muffett next to the John McCain campaign once they get going. Does anyone doubt that at this very moment they’re taking voluminous notes, making lengthy lists, doing frenetic research, and planning their strategy? In the beginning I thought the Republicans would prefer Clinton, a known entity, for fear of coming off racist in attacks on Obama, which might cause a backlash. But after watching how the Clinton campaign played the cards Obama dealt them, and after seeing the places where he’s vulnerable, it’s not hard to imagine what the Republicans will do with the petty personal issues that came up during this grueling process. The Democrats gave them too much ammunition. I don’t blame Hillary for fighting dirty, or for fighting at all: I blame the absurdly long process and the numerous debates, during which the Democratic candidates were forced to show every hand.

(2) Obama has made too many gaffes, an indication he’ll make more, and worse, during the Presidential campaign. The whole ‘bitter’ brouhaha, for instance, was his own damn fault. I knew what he was saying—hell, I just finished reading Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street, from which Obama’s analysis could’ve been lifted wholesale. I understood what he meant to say, and Jane Smiley understood it (Obama Gets Honest About Small Town America’s Decay, Elitists Lash Out)—but the majority of Americans did not. He wasn’t clear in his choice of words, and they were easy to misinterpret. A savvy politician—a Kennedy or a Clinton, or Jon Edwards for godssake—would have said the same exact thing in a completely different way, so that they’d come off as empathetic. They would have spoken from the viewpoint of the people, rather than like an outside observer, or elitist–which is what Obama sounded like. He made it easy for them to pounce. Senator Obama is apparently weak in the art of diplomacy—which is what they mean when they call him inexperienced.

(3) A majority of Americans are not going to vote for a Black man. Or at least not for this Black man. They just aren’t. I don’t care what they tell the media, the pollsters and their neighbors today: tomorrow when they get into the voting booth and pull the curtain, they’re going to tell the truth about themselves and about America. It’s the dirty little secret that isn’t really a secret, though we all seem to be ignoring and/or denying it. During this campaign I’ve heard people from certain backgrounds admit it. I’ve thought about the people I grew up with, went to high school with, and was still friends with during my early adulthood, imagining what they’re saying and feeling. And I know in my guts that they aren’t going to vote for Barack Hussein (they will use it against him) Obama. Some polls have indicated it’s somewhat easier for a Black man than a woman to get elected in America, but I don’t believe it for a minute. I think Senator Clinton could win—but we’ll probably never find out.

This train isn’t going to stop until November. The guy who’s going to stop it is John McCain. Another four years of war. Another four years of poverty for those of us in poverty, with more joining us every day. Another four years of corporate rule, corruption, and bad vibes for the United States image worldwide. Not to mention more torture, more killing, more brutality.

When my father saw the Palace at Versailles he said, speaking of the French Revolution, What took them so long? How long will it take America?

(Note: Elizabeth Edwards had a good op-ed in the Sunday Times on the subject of how the media engineered this race by ignoring the other Democratic candidates–and not just her husband, either.)


3 responses »

  1. This will be the fourth attempt for Obama to knock Clinton out of the race. He’s been incapable of doing so, which demonstrates his lack of feasibility as a candidate.

    There are good reasons why the superdelegates should ignore the Obama Campaigns cries for all Superdelegates to swing for Obama and instead endorse Mrs Clinton

  2. >>>When my father saw the Palace at Versailles he said, speaking of the French Revolution, What took them so long? How long will it take America?<<<

    Marcy, this comment from your father made me smile. In 2004 I took my father to France, where he’d never been. We visited Paris for several days, but mostly toured Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne — Dad had wanted to visit France’s great wine wine regions for many years.

    Anyway, we did have a chance to visit Versailles. We wandered through the opulent rooms, then strolled through the unbelievable gardens. After a couple of hours Dad needed a rest. I wandered off to look at yet another spectacular fountain, then returned to Dad, who leaned on a stone balustrade overloooking Versailles’ famous orangerie. He was frowning, even though the trees below were in fragrant bloom. I asked him what was up. He hesitated for a moment, then said, “All this wealth, all this fanciness, and they couldn’t even feed their own people.”

    Dad died last year, and in his eulogy I told that story. He was conservative, a Stevenson-Rockefeller Republican, and, his whole career, a banker. But he was a true democrat.

    From those parallel experiences it seems your father and mine could have, maybe, been friends–though not likely. Mine was descended from Socialists who voted for Norman Thomas every election, they were two of those Lower East Side rabble-rousing Jewish revolutionaries. I have to smile–by the time I knew my grandparents, they were little old wrinkled people. They remained Socialists their whole lives, but my father got more conservative as he aged, without copping to it, not even to himself. He used to argue politics with me, who he thought was too radical. I miss those arguments.–MS

  3. You hit some points in the post. And you really made me worried. I have my money in some kind of international fund and it mostly depends on the America´s situation, so if the America will go down, I will too, so this is why I’m worried about the situation in America.
    I always thought, that people will choose some democrat – Hillary or Obama instead of those republicans who caused the situation in America, and it is not important which democrat. But if Americans will prefer racism (or they will not vote for a women)…then they will confirm to the whole world that they are only a bunch of stupid hamburger eating people, who can’t see to the future. But it is true, that now nobody comes out with anything dirty on McCain, so he looks clean as a lily and the fight of democrats only harm themselves.

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