Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Is He A Racist?

Today, while walking the dogs, I stopped and talked to a couple of neighbors. One of them said the other one was putting two McCain signs on his lawn. I replied that I will have to put up three Obama signs on my lawn. That got us started.

What I found interesting was that he said that he had voted for Hillary in the primary. I replied that I did not understand how someone who voted for Hillary could possible vote for McCain. His answer was "experience". He thought Hillary had the experience to be president, but that Obama does not.

When I tried to point out that McCain and Hillary had very little, if anything, in common and did he really want 4 more years of what we have had for the past 8 years, he came back with:
  1. Since the Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate for the past 8 years, they are as much to blame as the republicans. (Yes, he really said that and would not believe me when I said that they have controlled the House and Senate for only the last 2 years and the Senate control is by only the slimmest of margins.)
  2. The Democrats and the republicans both had the same information on Iraq, so they are both equally responsible.
  3. Hillary should have gotten the nomination and that there was something funny going on with the Democrats. Obama stole the nomination from Hillary.
I never really understood why he would vote for Hillary and not for Obama. His explanations did not make any sense to me. I have come to the conclusion that he is either:
  1. Very stupid.
  2. A racist.
I don't think he is really stupid. He may be uninformed, but most of us are uninformed in one way or another. I think the reason he will not vote for Obama is because Obama is black. Well, really only half black. He may not even realize that he is being racist, but I think that is the reason at least until he comes up with a better reason than "experience", especially when he can not explain what he means by "experience".

Based on some of the statements I have heard from the McCain camp, I think they are trying to exploit this hidden racist in our society.


  1. I think race may be a factor, in ways folks don't neccesarily realize, but as someone who looks for the best in people, I believe most folks can look at the issues and make the rational decision.

  2. I think you are right. I hope you are right. Based on the type of campaign that McCain is running, I think he thinks you are wrong.