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I’m sure this question neatly fits Europe’s preconceptions...
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, June 05, 2008

Well here's a wonderful way to frame the upcoming election, isn't it?
When Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic Convention on August 28, it will be the 45th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King told America that he 'had a dream' of a more equal country.

King, of course, paid for his dream with an assassin's bullet.

The question now lurking behind every discussion of Obama's campaign is: Will America elect a black man as its President?

It is an uncomfortable question for a country with a particularly troubled history of race relations.

Has America changed enough since King made that epoch-changing speech? Or will the electorate, or more terrifyingly, another assassin, block his path?
So QandO readers, is that the question "lurkikng behind every discussion of Obama's campaign?"

 
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No. But lefty fear-mongerers and race-baiters want people to think it is — that’s why they are mau-mauing it, like all their other drivel. Heck, they may even believe it themselves, which doesn’t speak well of their reasoning faculties.
 
Written By: Dusty
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Only if you ask mkultra.

I’ll say it again: it isn’t his skin, it’s mind in his head that terrifies me.

He’s a marxist/socia1ist. He is Carter magnified, lacking even that man’s experiance (which was pathetic).

If Barack Obama gets into the White House, we’re f*cking doomed.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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It’s funny that they get it exactly backwards: if we were electing a president based on skin color, it would be a 50/50 proposition. It’s his stated positions we don’t agree with...skin color doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it. Of course we can look forward to five more months of the media framing the election exactly this way.
 
Written By: the wolf
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which is another reason why I think it’s gonna be Obama in November. People saying ’vote for him or you’re a dirty racist’ is a good method of intimidation.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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The question lurking behind discussions with Obama with my Copadres is whether or not Obama will beat Gramps like a rented mule, or if Gramps simply self-implode. Either way it will be comforting to see Wingnuts going back to what they do best, railing against the Establishment. Letting them be the Establishment has been a complete disaster.
 
Written By: Pedro the Illegal Alien
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I agree with Joel. If you don’t support Obama it will at the very least be implied that you are racist.

 
Written By: tkc
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These days most of the political violence and abuse in America comes from the left which has been largely limited to pieing right-of-center speakers, shouting them down from the stage, defacing and destroying property, verbal obscenity and abuse, and expressing sick fantasies about the assassinations or deaths of figures like Bush and Cheney.

Security for the president, ex-presidents, and presidential candidates has gone way up, so I don’t worry that Obama is any more likely to be killed than McCain. However, there is no getting around that it would be much more of a disaster for the country if Obama were killed.

Prediction: Fantasies about Obama’s assassination will only be heard from the left, just as fantasies of Bush’s assassination were only heard from the left—though for different reasons.
 
Written By: huxley
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"Vote for Obama or you’re a racist."

Its that simple.

Its been obvious that will be the counter argument from every liberal pundit against people who don’t support Obama.

Its why they are supporting him in the first place. An inverted version of psychiatric Projection.
 
Written By: jpm100
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The left say we wont elect someone like Obama due to skin color when we would gladly vote for COndeleeza over McCain.
 
Written By: retired military
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I will say this, though, I don’t think this election is going to be close, whichever way it goes.
 
Written By: Joel C.
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What ever happened to being judged by the "Content of your character"? Perhaps if the democrats had chosesn a candidiate who wasn’t an empty suit supported by closet marxists they could go that route.
 
Written By: the Brain
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HAHA there is way more racism in europe then in the US. in europe minorities it is a unwritten rule that they do low class menial jobs. you never see a black or a arab guy doing a white colar job.
 
Written By: slntax
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retired military:
The left say we wont elect someone like Obama due to skin color when we would gladly vote for COndeleeza over McCain.
Amen
 
Written By: Boogs
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If he loses they are going to have to blame it on his skin color because otherwise it would be his ideas and positions which were found wanting.

Since they don’t find his ideas and positions wanting, they can’t conceive anyone else might, so if you don’t vote for him the only reason you could possibly have for not doing so is YOU’RE A RACIST.

It’s a very simple (cowardly) formula.
 
Written By: looker
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The left say we wont elect someone like Obama due to skin color when we would gladly vote for COndeleeza over McCain.
I’m hoping she’s picked to be VP. That would set her up to run for pres.
 
Written By: Don
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Joel C-

Doesn’t matter really. Waving that "racist" flag so much is only gonna p*ss enough people off that will vote against Obama simply out of spite.

 
Written By: shark
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The Republic survived the Kennedys, Nixon, Carter, it will survive the Obamanation if he is elected. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, may not.
 
Written By: Paul
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"These days most of the political violence and abuse in America comes from the left"

It has come from the left for many years. In collitch, yeers ago, my Sociology class was in agreement (prompted by the perfesser, naturalement) that the right was the source of most, if not all, political violence. The example I remember with particular amusement is that of Arthur Bremer, which was conservative violence because it involved George Wallace. Sirhan Sirhan was also, according to the class, a conservative.

"though for different reasons."

Sure about that?

If Obama loses maybe the UN will get involved, and impose sanctions.
 
Written By: timactual
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>"for different reasons"

Depends on how you look at it. The left hates the right so that’s the same, but the left loves Obama and hates Bush, so that’s different.
 
Written By: huxley
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So QandO readers, is that the question "lurkikng behind every discussion of Obama’s campaign?"
Could it be the reason for Hillary’s reason for seeking the VP slot? That’s one way to get to the Presidency.

(Note: I recall someone commenting that Hillary would get the Presidency "By Hook or Crook or 9mm.")
 
Written By: SShiell
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Well, thank God that the author of that article has managed to equate the American voters with a crazed assassin. I feel so much better knowing what Mr. Broughton really thinks of us.

Man, I don’t even live in rural Pennsylvania and I’m apparently bitterly clinging to my guns.
 
Written By: Greg
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Racism and the threat of assassination haunt Barack’s historic achievement
Holy mother of f*ck was that painful to read. Curses for having me read that. What a waste of cyber ink. London, deal with your Anglophilia first before casting judgment on America.

I’m sorry, but who was the first black Prime Minister?
Who was the first black English king? Oh yeah, that’s right… It’s an entitlement. So unless William or Henry shags someone of African descent, it aint happening anytime soon.

So Tommy… Why don’t you just goooo and f*ck yerself???

If Obama isn’t elected, it won’t be because he is black. If he is elected, it won’t be because he is black.

Obama is a good looking, smooth talking, political motherf*ckin’ machine. The charm coming out of his ass is slick as grease.

He will be a formidable candidate.

Cheers.


 
Written By: PogueMahone
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(Note: I recall someone commenting that Hillary would get the Presidency "By Hook or Crook or 9mm.")
That was retired military if I’m not mistaken.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Someone said it (forget who) but it will become true....it will get to the point where it will be considered racist to even be contesting the election, instead of simply allowing St. Obama the immaculate to ascend to the Presidency.
 
Written By: shark
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It is an uncomfortable question for a country with a particularly troubled history of race relations.
Such shallowness indicates either ignorance or willful participation in the racial shakedown a la Jesse Jackson. Yeah, the US has a "particularly" troubled history - because the US was at the forefront of mitigating racial tensions. It is like saying that Bessemer had a troubled history with mass-produced steel, or the Wright Bros had a troubled history with flight.
 
Written By: bains
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Look at this and compare between black and white voters (where are the hispanic, etc. selections?) and tell me how one could not conclude racism is rampant on the left? If this was describing GOP voters MKULTRA would come to that conclusion in a heartbeat.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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From the article:
will the electorate, or more terrifyingly, another assassin, block [Obama’s] path?
More terrifyingly?

Broughton does his MSM colleagues proud by implying that simple voter rejection of Obama in November is of itself a terrifying prospect. Among that crowd and the larger leftist community, anything that stands between Obama and eight years of sweet soulful presidency is not just an obstacle, but a sinister threat.

They’ve got waaaay too much invested in the guy’s candidacy. His elevation is atonement — the only atonement — for American sins, and his rejection is proof positive that we’re irredeemable.

This has already gotten really, really old and it’s only just begun in earnest.

In the end, those who say "oh, screw it" and vote McCain are going to break the hearts of the true believers in the one true Obama, and this would be so even if the two were as visually similar as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Beyond even Wright and Rezko and the rest, it’ll come down to the question of security in a dangerous world, and the naive upstart with his head in the (toxic Marxist) clouds will be sidelined by the wily vet who knows how — and why — to wear, wave and salute Old Glory.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Prediction: Fantasies about Obama’s assassination will only be heard from the left, just as fantasies of Bush’s assassination were only heard from the left...
Seems a correlation there that I just cant quite put my finger on...
 
Written By: bains
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bains — I’ll bet you’re close, keep thinking on it!
 
Written By: huxley
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"more terrifyingly"

Linda — Well spotted!

I love the bit in Obama’s victory speech about "remaking America", as though it needed to be remade—especially along the lines that Obama friends like Wright, Pfleger, and Ayers have in mind.

I really do hope that enough voters in the center can see Obama as clearly and beat him in November. The lib/left is totally in the tank for Obama and they’re not coming back this year.
 
Written By: huxley
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I love the bit in Obama’s victory speech about "remaking America", as though it needed to be remade—especially along the lines that Obama friends like Wright, Pfleger, and Ayers have in mind.
Whoops. Looks like it’s back to the ammo store for me.

Can’t run out mid revolution...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"It is an uncomfortable question for a country with a particularly troubled history of race relations."

Perhaps Mr. Broughton could define for us the term ’Paki-bashing’ which is, I believe, a British term. Or perhaps the etymology of ’wog’, another Briticism.
 
Written By: timactual
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What’s the big deal? I already voted for a black man for President a few years ago. But Alan Keyes aint "black" enough, eh? Or wrong kind of black? What IS the preferred nomenclature these days?
 
Written By: rob
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I don’t think that Condi Rice would make a good president, but aside from that I would not vote for her as long as she’s pro-abortion, which is a deal-killer for me when it comes to a president. It was the main reason (there were several) I opposed Giuliani as the Republican nominee, even though I voted for him when he ran for mayor in NYC.

If either of them changed their position, then I’d give them another look.

But my criteria for a president does not include any particular race, and I don’t care about "firsts" — as in the first black president, or first woman president. It’s about character and ability and respect for principles, not skin color. Bill Clinton was our first malignant narcissist president, and Barack Obama would be our second. I think I’ll pass.

If, however, I were black (and God only knows who that "Delaware Indian" who married the ancestor named Cook on my father’s side really was), I hope that I would oppose Obama as absolutely a wrong guy. The importance of anyone being the "first" anything to become president ends at the taking of the oath. After that it’s meaningless.

I’d vote for Thomas Sowell. He’s 78 now, but he looks younger than McCain. And I like Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who is my kind of woman, sort of a combination of Pam Grier and Margaret Thatcher, if you can imagine that.

Obama should not be the nominee of any party for any reason. He reperesents the antithesis of the American values that MLK appealed to for racial justice. He’s worse than the Clintons, who begat him by so profoundly perverting the Democratic Party, which has now turned around and rejected the Clintons for something even worse.

But I’m stickin’ with my prediction that Obama will not wind up being the nominee.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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I’ve made the same remarks about Sowell and Brown. I’d also vote for Larry Elder or Walter Williams or Michael Steele. I read anything with their byline on it. Apologies to Oprah, but they’re brilliant.

Again, they are not the right kind of black, so even if they were on some ticket somewhere, the media and the rest of the world could not be bothered by the "insignificant gesture" of a black elected to blank. Hence, the denigration of Rice as Sec of State. Granted, she was not elected, but I believe the sentiment would be similar.
 
Written By: rob
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Martin — Love you, guy! But I think we’re in a lot more trouble and Hillary isn’t going to save us from Obama, and Grandpa Munster probably won’t either.

I wish it were otherwise.
 
Written By: huxley
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We’ll see. I don’t think of Hillary as saving us from Obama, just that combating her, if she were to win, would be a less tricky matter, and I have very strong fears of what I call the rise of the Obama freicorps if he is elected. More about that another time.

She would roll us off a cliff; he would throw us off.

But his past is not done with him yet, and I mean before the convention, and I want a dollar from everyone here if I’m right.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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