Hilliary Clinton won Kentucky in a landslide vote yesterday. Before she gets excited about still trailing Obama, take a good look at this win. You know how she continually tells the national press that she leads in white votes? Well, 25% of the people polled after they voted in Kentucky said race was a deciding factor in their vote. You can read that any way you want, but to me it says, "I am not voting for a black guy."
Obama won in Oregon yesterday too. Black people make up a little over 1% of the population there. So what have we learned kids? We have learned that people in the southern states have a hard time voting for a black guy. Surprise! Yet Hilliary sees this as the ability to build a broader collation than Obama. That's great. She can bring together the people who want change and still hate black people. Nice job Hilliary!
A quarter of the people who were asked if race was a determining factor in who they voted for in the Democratic primary said yes. 25% said race was so important that they voted for the white person. I can't be sure, but I think that is the very definition of racism.
Oh Kentucky. You do not disappoint. She won a state that has a museum with dinosaurs walking around the garden of Eden! Great! You have demonstrated that you can win a majority of the ignorant racists. Congratulations.
One of the under reported stories in all this is the racism being encountered by Obama's campaigners. Stories abound of hang up phone calls where the N word is yelled, doors are slammed in peoples faces where the N word is yelled, signs torn down and the N word left behind in spray painted letters. I am guessing that the number of people they have encountered who are openly hostile to the thought of a black man as President is probably something like, oh I don't know, 25%!
It is pretty amazing to me as a I sit here in San Francisco that people would feel comfortable enough to tell a stranger that they are not going to vote for someone because they are black. Yet a quarter of the people did just that. The Clinton campaign has had no problems screaming sexism when they thought they had a case, but when racism is working for them, they are strangely silent.
You have to remember that Hilliary had every advantage a person could have going into this election. They set up the campaign they wanted from day one. Rather than make a graceful exit or endorse the party member with the most delegates, she wants to drag this thing out because she was suppose to be the next President. We don't have time for this. Every strategist in the Democratic party will tell you that we need to start taking on McCain today. Fighting among ourselves is not a solution to any of the issues that matter to all Democrats. Can we just agree that the person with the most votes wins and be done with this? The only way Hillilary can win at this point is to make a back room deal with the super delegates. In other words, over turn the will of the popular vote. Even if you give her 50% of the disputed delagates from the two states who broke the rules of the party and were told years in advance that their delagtes would not be counted, even if you do that-she still will be behind Obama.
Case closed. Move on.