We'll always have ignorance and bigotry, eh?
Ron Paul says it best, I guess, though FSM knows how a hog that blind found this good an acorn: "Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism." It's closer to tribalism, I suppose, this thing that bothers me so deeply -- there's an undercurrent among the Obama______ers, a "threat," if you will: it's wrong to deny the first black man the White House.
But to get him there you have to trample over the first woman of any race to have a legitimate shot at winning a major party's nomination -- and that's okay,
because she's "a bitch," in the words of one of John McCain's supporters.
She's not "a visitor," as Michelle Obama described herself at her Ivy League University, and so she's not entitled even to the vacant courtesy a visitor receives. Michelle Obama's remarks and writings already have attracted
attention of the kind the VRWC used to reserve for Hillary Clinton. It's as subtle as a flying battle-axe, this end-around attack on the candidate using his wife. And the elephant in the room is: Hillary Clinton, the other contender for the Democratic nomination, is the last white candidate standing. So, it's okay to paint her as evil, as old guard, as establishment; she's white, therefore she's immune, encapsulated in her advantages and privileges, and she should step aside for the better candidate. Even Bill O'Reilly, the other night on Leno, called the primaries a popularity contest and said Hillary needs to recognize that Barack Obama is the chosen one, the likeable one, the one voters are more comfortable with and more likely to vote for, just like W was in the races against Gore and Kerry.
So there you have it. The qualifications -- experience, position, policy, record -- don't matter, and Hillary Clinton should recognize that she's doomed and give up and throw her support to Barack Obama, whose blackness is incidental to his ability or qualification and whose record is immaterial, because he's a black man. His existence as a mixed-race adult male means he's better for this job than she could ever be. Which is, in my not very humble opinion, bullshit.