21 September 2008

Unfounded Accusations

FoxNews.com had an article this week entitled Survey Links Racial Views To Obama's Poll Numbers.

I cannot remember if I made the blog post-I can't find it-or just planned to, but it has been clear to me for about a year that if Obama is nominated and then loses the general election, white America will be accused of racism. A formerly serious publication, Newsweek, made that accusation in an article by Jacob Weisberg in its September 1 issue.

“If it makes you feel better, you can rationalize Obama’s missing 10-point lead on the basis of Clintonite sulkiness, his slowness in responding to attacks or the concern that he may be too handsome, brilliant and cool to be elected. But let’s be honest: the reason Obama isn’t ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He lags with them for a simple reason: the color of his skin.”
To the degree that race is a factor, it cuts both ways. Some whites are going to refuse to vote for Obama because he is black. Most blacks are going to vote for Obama because he is black

Fox's article makes it clear that there is more to it than that.

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.

Three in 10 of those Democrats who don’t trust Obama’s change-making credentials say they plan to vote for McCain.

Those last two sentences hit the nail on the head: Obama is too far left for most centristAmericans, even those who dislike the Bush administration and its policies.

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