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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The donkey in the room

The Associated Press puts into print what has been the underlying answer to the question: why doesn't Barack Obama have a wider lead?

We have heard myriad discussions about religion and sexism in this campaign but few have been willing to tackle the obvious question -- is the United States prepared to vote for an African-American for president.

The unease with the topic is so deep that when a blatant example of old-fashioned racism emerges it is passed off as "satire" and gets far less attention in the media than the wolf's cry of sexism when media or politicians attempt to question Sarah Palin's tenure as mayor and governor.

The Stanford University pollsters found "more than a third of all white Democrats and independents ... agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks ... and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views."
But I would take issue with this declaration:
Race is not the biggest factor driving Democrats and independents away from Obama. Doubts about his competency loom even larger, the poll indicates. More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that.
Why the doubt? There doesn't seem to be equal concern about Sarah Palin's competency and thinner resume? Or George Bush's mile wide and inch deep set of accomplishments?

Regular readers know how I answer the question. But for the record, Barack Obama is extremely qualified to take this country in the right direction after the many years of incompetence offered by the GOP.

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