Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Something Wicked this way....

Popular discussion of the West Virginia Primary dictates that despite Hillary Clinton's long expected trouncing of Obama in the contest it makes little difference to Democratic Primary. In the short that is certainly true. But when 2 in 10 voters admit in exit polling that race was a deciding factor in their decision, it triggers a worry in me. While there have been definite accounts of racism on the trail, in beginning to look at comment boards around the Internet an equally disturbing wave of counter racism is beginning to emerge. For a sample check out the comments section on Ben Smith's blog.

The narrative that is emerging among Obama supporters is that its not that he's losing the "white working-class" vote, it's that he's losing the "hick-racist" vote. West Virginia's exit poll numbers serve the narrative, but that doesn't make it any less destructive to the party and the nation. Could we be facing a breaking of this country along racial lines? Or the greatest leap forward for the advancement of mixed race and minority citizens since the peak of the civil rights movement?

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