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Are Americans Unusually Stupid?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, April 17, 2008

That's the question posed by Robert Scheer today.
Assuming likely voters are not now thinking of yet another Republican president simply because John McCain is the only white guy left standing - an excuse as pathetic in its logic as the decision four years ago to return two Texas oil hustlers to the White House because they were not Massachusetts liberals - must mean that tens of millions of Americans have taken leave of their senses.

If not the white-guy syndrome, why would even a shocking minority of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters say they prefer McCain to the other Democrat? How otherwise to explain the nation's widespread bipartisan rejection of the Bush presidency and yet a willingness to let McCain continue in that vein?
The lesser of two evils, perhaps?

In any event, I don't think Americans are unusually stupid, although every time I read a piece by Robert Scheer, I am ever more firmly convinced that someone is.
 
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I have to say its at least partly childish emotion for some. The Other Democrat is in the immediate way of their specific favorite Democrat. So they have summoned up more emotional resentment against the Other. Support McCain is like a child holding their breath, a threat.

I don’t believe that emotion will take them to November. So some Democrats, after a little cool off and some rhetoric, will move back to support the Other Democrat regardless of what they say now.
 
Written By: jpm100
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yeah, that’s how to make freinds, influence people and thereby win votes.
Call the American voter stupid. Works every time.
 
Written By: Bithead
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One of the Democrat’s, and Scheer’s, assumptions is that McCain represents a third term for Bush, a useful idea for them to push. I’m not particularly fond of McCain, but I think he is his own man and would make certain that distinctions were apparent in governance.
 
Written By: JAMES AMENT
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james;

In running against Bush for 8 years, they’ve kind of trapped themselves into that kind of ploy. You’re right, it’s bogus. But what else do they have?

 
Written By: Bithead
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the Scheer stupidity of this journalist is breathtaking
 
Written By: capt joe
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I guess I’m appalled that the only reason I’m presumed to prefer McCain over O or HRC is that McCain’s a white guy. Because, you know, it’s not like factors such as who I think would actually defend this country and "Western" values versus those who would debate whether our country is worth defending are valid. Nope, I just want the white guy apparently.
 
Written By: Amy
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Nope, I just want the white guy apparently.
Since we are still in the Democratic primaries, that clarion call has barely even started. Just wait till after the conventions. The screams of "racism!" are going till get a lot louder and more shrill. The long-faced, head-tilting, wringing of hands, and sniffling "Is America ready for a Black President?" has barely begun.

This was Obama’s campaign strategy from the very start. He pretends that he is the "post-racial" candidate who can "heal" America’s racial divisions, then lets his supporters do all the screaming of racism. It’s the same damn strategy that Kerry had for dealing with the fact that many, if not most, veterans and their families from the Vietnam-era hated his guts because of his actions during and after the Vietnam War. He had to know they were out there, and he had to know that they loathed him, yet he kept rubbing his "war hero" status in their faces, hoping that the faux outrage from shills like the inimitable professor Erb would silence them.

Hell, if anything, Obama’s strategy is even more cynical. Obama sits back, lets his attack dogs howl, and then has the gall to point to the legitimate controversy created from by his own actions and says, "See, the racists are still out there, you need me more than ever."

He is a bigger, if subtler, racial extortionist than Al Sharpton ever was.
 
Written By: Terry
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an excuse as pathetic in its logic as the decision four years ago to return two Texas oil hustlers to the White House because they were not Massachusetts liberals
What a tool.

Anyway, if you look at the decisions made by American voters in presidential elections, starting with 1976, say, it occurs to me that each time they made a good decision based upon what they knew at the time:

1) Ford v Carter
2) Carter v Reagan
3) Mondale v Reagan
4) Dukasis v Bush
5) Bush v Clinton
6) Dole v Clinton
7) Gore v Bush
8) Kerry v Bush

Just to take the Kerry v Bush example, what moron is gonna hire some guy who’s main resume experience is something he did for 3.5 months ~35 years previously?
 
Written By: Don
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what moron is gonna hire some guy who’s main resume experience is something he did for 3.5 months ~35 years previously?
The NY Times. Duh.
 
Written By: rob
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If not the white-guy syndrome, why would even a shocking minority of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters say they prefer McCain to the other Democrat?

That’s pretty typical Democratic politics. They’ve been hammering each other, so each side hates the other. All they really know about McCain is that he’s that maverick, straight-shooter guy the press used to love.

In a nutshell, the old bastard played them...
 
Written By: Ben
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McCain’s gone wrong about everything important for the last decade, didn’t even stand up against torture when he had chance to make a difference. We need to reassert US world MORAL leadership. Having been a victim "35 years previously" doesn’t cut it. I wish we had a Vaclav Havel. Does anybody know of some reason we should vote for McCain?
 
Written By: Janus Daniels
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I wish we had a Vaclav Havel.
Now that’s what I’m talking about.
 
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