Tip o’ the hat to Jay Nordlinger for referencing this piece at Slate.com entitled: “If Obama Loses” and subtitled “Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him.”
We’ve heard it before; we’re sure to hear it again. If McCain wins, racism is the only explanation and the Decline of America is confirmed.
What a nasty Lie.
If the black nominee this year were a Republican, we wouldn’t be hearing a peep about Racism-As-Reason. The liberal media would blithely loathe the Republican nominee, notwithstanding his blackness. As Nordlinger points out:
The nominee would be just another Republican who needed to be defeated, like Lynn Swann, Michael Steele, or Ken Blackwell. When Doug Wilder ran for governor of Virginia, everyone said, for months, “He would be the first black governor since Reconstruction.” It was also asserted, constantly, that the election was a test of Virginians’ racial maturity.
But earlier, the Republicans had a black nominee in my home state, Michigan – his name was Bill Lucas. No one said he would be the first black governor since Reconstruction. No one talked about the racial maturity of Michigan voters. Lucas was just another conservative politician who needed to be defeated.
And he was, by a garden-variety white liberal (Jim Blanchard).
I am sick of watching re-runs of the Whitey Hates The Black Man mini-series. I am sick of accusations of Racism in America every time some person of color does not get what they want when they want it. And I am sick to death of the over-simplification of issues and pseudo-polarization of our population via all Identity Politics.
If Obama loses this fall, it will be because he didn’t convince enough Americans that his governing skills and policies were better than McCain’s. Period.