Santa Monica, California, USA
Aw, c'mon Mike! You know we disagree on somethings and agree on others, but this post seems a little over the top.
Is it that much different than saying the Kennedy election was all about playing to the Catholic vote, the largest single denomination in the country? And that was his ticket to the White House?
Sure, the question of "race" confronts us in this election, but it's hardly the major determining factor. If every single registered African American voter in the country voted for Obama, Obama would lose.
If every single registered voter who earns a poverty level, just above the poverty level, or nothing at all, Obama would lose. African Americans and marginal earners are often referred to as "minorities," because they are in the minority. Put both groups together and even assuming there is no overlapping, Obama would lose, because both groups together still constitute a minority.
Here is, perhaps, the flip side of the post's contention: John McCain will lose the election because his positions don't appeal to the majority of registered voters. Some very "pale" Registered American Voters must be agreeing with Obama and disagreeing with McCain. They seem to see something in Obama which the post doesn't, and not see something in McCain which the post does.
There's a flip side to all this, too. If every single registered racial bigot in America voted for McCain, McCain would lose, because race hating bigots are a minority too.
Whether or not Obama wins the election, and most indications are that he will, it's a sign of amazing social progress that a black, or mixed race man was nominated by his party to be their Presidential candidate.
This isn't whomping on you Mike, its womping on the basic premises of the post, that the election is race-based, and God will have to help America when he wins. A little divine intervention might be useful in helping us out of the plethora of pickles the current administration has gotten us into.
Here's a potentially scary thought: By 2050 or so, the largest single ethnic group of legal citizens in the US will be of Hispanic heritage. Whatever will we do then? Move to Costa Rica?
Obama will be elected because he is a populist, and populists tend to be popular.
McCain will lose the election because he cannot pull together a large enough conservative coalition aligned with his views.
I can't exactly say "you heard it here first," but apparently a lot of people don't like what they are hearing. The only suggestion I have is that they get over it, get on with it, and aid and encourage all who hold elective offices do the best jobs they possibly can.
I think most citizens try to do that anyway, not that all politicians listen. Tactfully, I refrain from mentioning the disgraceful "B" word, but he's only got a few months left to do his usual worst.
And phooey on ALL the pols who chose to give away 700 billion to a bunch of greedy scoundrels provided they could add a little pork for the folks back home.