Monday, May 12, 2008

Call Me An Elitist If You Must...

...but, West Virginia and Kentucky really suck. Yes, I know not everyone in both states is a blatantly ignorant, racist pig. But a disproportionate number of people are. I think this speaks for itself:

Still, Obama’s race and name are different enough for some people that they cannot support him. Bill Donovan of Inez says he’s not racist, and would love to support a black candidate like former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

But he believes that Obama is a Muslim and therefore unsuited to be president. “He was born and reared a Muslim,” Donovan said. “He can say whatever he wants to say but he is what he is. We’re fighting a war on terror and we don’t need a fox in the henhouse.”

View the full article, in all its glory, here.

As the pundits work themselves into a lather tomorrow night and the following Tuesday night about "why Obama can't close the deal with working class whites," please keep in mind that Obama could've spent the entire primary season campaigning in "Bill Donovan of Inez," Kentucky's living room, and he wouldn't have changed his vote. After all, Obama "is what he is." Perhaps HRC's argument to the superdelegates is more persuasive than I thought...

4 comments:

coffee break said...

Ugh. I hate that claim. I was watching the returns one day at work and the cleaning lady started railing about Obama's secret Muslim-ness. I actually found articles in the New York Times that refuted her but to no avail. She stopped talking to me and I heard her railing about Obama again to someone else.

Nicole said...

Do those people vote democrat anyway?

haahnster said...

If by "those people" you mean W.VA & KY, I believe Bush carried them both in 2000 & 2004, but Clinton carried them in 1992 & 1996.

As to the "Bill Donovan of Inez" types, it's anyone's guess...

Rob said...

But he likes Colin Powell!

No, it's true, there really is a racist vote out there, and like any other voting bloc it holds some sway. Not a whole lot, but some.

The only thing I'll say in West Virginia's defense is that you've got to remember that not only is it all white people, it's also disproportionately old white people. And some old people distrust Barack Obama just because he's a young whippersnapper, not necessarily because of his race.

But, you know, whatever. There are also the Bill Donovans, no use pretending there aren't...