I might be the last person in the world to write about politics thanks to my extremely eloquent and well- informed counterparts who do it way more justice, but after Obama's huge victory in South Carolina last night, I had to say something.
Clearly he has a beautiful message. And I'm almost certain that he could whoop the ass of any of the Republican candidates.
But, for folks to say it's not a "black vs white" issue is wrong.
Why do we continue to deny racial issues in this country? The black vote is extremely important to candidates and it should be. And for many black voters who have never voted before, seeing a black candidate is a motivating factor.
It's just a good thing he's got decent policies.
Am I saying that black voters are uninformed?
Yes. But so is the rest of the country. We know more about the American Idol contestants than we do about the presidential hopefuls.
I am one of them.
Few people are truly honed in on what this country needs and who has what it takes. We're more likely to vote for an attractive President than an ugly one, regardless of what he or now she stands for. And considering Obama took 81% of the black vote [corrected], I don't think I'm making a far stretch to say that we might just vote on race.
But what about gender?
I was reminded about the hard road Hillary has, thanks to our still male dominated society who would probably pick a black man over a white woman. If Obama has a struggle bringing in white voters (which I honestly don't think he does), Hillary has a problem with the male voters.
Are men going to vote for her?
I suppose if she was a hot white woman, with large breasts and a sweet smile, perhaps. But her eye bags, large hips, and sometimes aloof demeanor probably isn't appealing to the slew of uninformed male and even female voters, regardless of what she stands for.
And there are still a lot of men in this country who do not believe a woman can run it. They use the "Hillary" excuse. But it's not about Hillary. It's about her private parts.
The truth is, even when it comes to reality shows, we don't vote the issues. We vote who we thought was cutest, or who we thought did the best that one night.
Are we really going to treat the Presidency of the United States like a call-in singing contest?
It's amazing to see the two biggest issues in our society, race and gender, come into play. It's the most fascinating race I can remember.
So if there is a year to care, my friends, this is it. Granted they're not singing out of tune wearing some robot costume, and they're not eating boiled bull testicles on some remote island.
But they are going to run our country. That's got to matter more.
Other posts and blogs of note*:
The Parental is Political (great bulleted list on each candidate)
*Yes. I'm biased. Last time I checked it was my blog.
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