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How about the delicate matter of race? This has always been America’s sore spot. The Obama campaign will be touted as “historic,” and how do you run against history? Americans will be told — by the Democrats and the media — that they have a chance to “make history”. How do you blow this chance? By voting for Senator McCain, the old white guy. And if you do that, you wear a scarlet R, for Racist.

Yes, it will be ticklish for McCain and the Republicans to run against a black candidate, just as it has been for the Clintons. McCain and his party will have to be deft, graceful and unafraid. They may not have it in them.

People say that many Hillary voters will not vote for Obama and that many conservatives will not vote for McCain. I don’t know about that. There is something about a presidential election that sparks a rallying urge: the choice is essentially A or B. Democrats will be hungry to regain the White House and defeat the Big Bad Right. Republicans, including conservatives, will be eager to block a Left-wing president.

In a recent column I commented that even non-McCainiacs in the Republican party would crawl over broken glass on that Tuesday in November to vote for John McCain. A reader wrote to say that he would have two knees cut and bleeding but only one hand in that condition. The reason? The other would be holding his nose.

More than a jest, that is a keen insight into Election ’08.

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Tony Papafilis
June 4th, 2008
7:06 AM
Obama started out presenting as the black man that is beyond race politics. The charade has been exposed and he is now rightly seen as another Jesse Jackson, albeit a smoother version. Obama defends the Reverend because he can "understand" black anger yet can't understand why an elderly white woman (his grandmother) is intimidated by a group of aggresive young black men walking towards her. Doesn't he read the papers or watch the news to see the prevalance of black crime. He has not said anything against the racial political myths that allow black squalor to continue. Obama denies his white heritage except when it suits. He is not a black American but a black Kenyan with a white American mother yet talks of black Americans as his people - does it mean his mother's people are not his people? How racist! Obama is not a post-racial candidate but a Manchurian Candidate. Bring on Bill Crosby if you want a black President that is beyond race politics.

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