- I’m definitely tired of the Clintons. I don’t think he did anything for the country, I don’t think she has any new ideas, and they are a divisive force in general; plus, it’s simply impossible to separate them into individuals. Elect her and you get him. I’d rather he was out making speeches.
- Obama’s desire for a new kind of political dialog is very appealing to me. Fighting the same old ideological issues we’ve been arguing over since I was 10-years old is getting us nowhere; we aren’t solving problems, we’re blathering into the great void.
- The Rev. Wright issue doesn’t bother me at all. We are not responsible for the words of others and we all have friends or family who say things – sometimes horrible things – that we wish they hadn’t said (like Obama’s white grandma). But we don’t disown them, we judge them as whole persons and on their actions more than their words.
- Don’t get me wrong, I have no use for the rhetoric of the Rev. Wright, but if Obama got the nomination that would do more to silence the voices decrying America as an unrepentant racist state than anything else I can imagine. More importantly, it would give hope to all black people and evidence that not all white people are hopelessly blind to the value black people bring to America. I think it would do a lot of good for the collective white, American soul as well.
- It would be a very positive thing to have something both white and black Americans could root for (or against) other than their favorite team.
Conversely, there is a scenario that scares me. Let’s say the electorate can’t get over Obama’s association with the Rev. Wright, and he staggers to the finish line during these last primaries -- still leading in delegates and popular vote, but with a clear loss of momentum.
The Clinton machine will be working the super delegates like stock brokers at a lottery winner’s convention from now until the summer, with the message that Obama can’t win. The super d’s buy it, and give the nomination to Hillary.
This will make a lot of people, black and white, very angry, but it will be a particularly hard pill to swallow in the black community, and will be like pouring gasoline on the fire for people like Rev. Wright. Racial hostilities will escalate further, and America will slip further behind its promise of being “the last best hope of earth.”