The Republican’s Change Campaign Pal(in)es in Comparison with Reasons Some White Women Need Not to Vote for Obama

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The Republican National Convention picked up steam and ratings with the pick of Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin. If you had told me that more people would watch John McCain’s acceptance speech than watched Barack Obama historic acceptance speech, I would have told you “crack is whack” and stay off the drugs. Most people would have bet the house on that one.

The Republican “change” platform pales in comparison to what the Democrats are proposing. Remember, the Republicans are the “status quo” party. They don’t change anything, including their capitalist incentives to raid government, go to war, give tax incentives to the rich and big business, and push the middle class below the poverty line.

When the Republicans shouted that “change is here” last week, what they meant in codified terms is “we picked a woman before the Democrats, so now what reason do you have to stay with the Dems?” The play was to divide the woman’s vote, pure and simple. With everything coming out on Sarah Palin that would be any candidate’s nightmare, it is obvious that the Republicans didn’t vet her. They didn’t have to. They don’t care about her pregnant daughter, or affair allegations, or abuse of power investigations or her extreme censorship views. They just needed to do something drastic, and they pulled a rabbit out of their hat. A pro-life, pro-gun, creationist party extremist that appeals to the right wing, appeals to religious fundamentalists, appeals to the disgruntled Hillary segment and appeals to that segment of independents/undecideds that just needed a reason, any reason, not to vote for Barack. The media and pundits will never mention race. Just that now, all of a sudden, an inexperienced, unimaginative ideologue has invigorated the Republican Party and McCain is now ahead in the national polls. It has become known, not as the McCain factor but, as the Palin effect.

The choice of Palin is solely responsible for the bump McCain has received in the polls. It’s no reason to panic, because it was present in the polling against Clinton in the primaries and Obama rose above it. They even gave it a name, calling it the “Bradley effect” after the infamous 1986 Gubernatorial campaign in which Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley led in the polls all the way up until election night, yet he went to bed with his victory speech in his pocket after California voters pulled the curtains and voted their racial biases. It was the highest voter turnout in the history of Orange County, and the lowest turnout in South Los Angeles, as Tom Bradley lost the election by the number of registered voters that stayed home (in his old council district) because Bradley took the black vote for granted.

Barack is not doing that, but he has a “credibility” problem with many white voters. Being a breath of fresh air is not enough. Having integrity in his politics is not enough. Having new ideas is not enough. Being a great communicator, now his biggest criticism, is not good enough. Being popular beyond reason (and the borders of the United States) is not enough. But it’s good enough for Sarah Palin (all but the new ideas stuff – because she doesn’t have any new ideas). The same inexperienced bat that they’re beating Obama across the head with, doesn’t apply to Palin because for two years she’s been the governor of a state with a population of 700,000 and a part-time Mayor of a city of 7,000 that she took from surplus to a $22 million deficit. There are 16 American cities with populations larger than the state of Alaska. If a big city Mayor had been picked for Vice President, the cry would have been a fever pitch. Sarah Palin was picked for one reason, and one reason only, to exploit the fact the Democrats passed over Hillary – twice.

Call it what it really is, “rubbing it” in the Democrats face. But the residual benefit was much more than the residual cost. Unlike Barack, there was no fallout over who McCain didn’t pick. It really wouldn’t have made a difference to women. It would have just been another (probably) white male and women voters would have been faced with solely ideological choices that would have made their racial bias very transparent. Now they don’t need to justify their racial biases, as evident as they are. They can hide behind the fact that they too, are making history. And the nation is on the verge of electing another inferior ticket for President and Vice President of the United States.

Barack Obama has the same scenario that George W. Bush had in 2000, in facing a more experienced candidate. George W. wasn’t as bright, and he had no new vision for the country. They put him with experience, and an administration of experienced brain trusts, and they ran the gambit in terms of winning the election and running the country. Barack is put with someone with experience and there’s still something missing. There will always be something, as far as some are concerned, with Barack. They know what it is, and we know what it is. And it has nothing to do with experience, or being a good speaker. They will never say it. There’s just a whole lot of “winking” going on around the country right now. The euphoria is for a different reason.

samad.jpgThe Republicans will be more of the same. They just made the race exciting by bringing in a twist, a female ideologue. It may be a trick that works, but it still pales to what the Democrats are offering. McCain’s own party doesn’t like him, but they’ll elect him because he gave them a reason to forestall the Democrats. And for some people, Palin is enough of a reason to stay this course of destruction and national collapse.

by Anthony Asadullah Samad

Republished with permission from The Black Commentator, where this article first appeared.

Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad is an author, scholar and the co-founder, Managing Director and host of the Urban Issues Forum. Dr. Samad’s most recent book is entitled “Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom”. His national column can be read in newspapers and cyber-sites nationwide. His weekly writings can be read at www.blackcommentator.com. For more information about Dr. Samad, go to www.AnthonySamad.com.

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Comments

  1. says

    I am very proud for President O’Bama & First Lady Michell O’Bama.
    History was finally made in a very big way.God Bless The O’Bamas.
    God Bless This Family.I also want to thank out going President
    G.W.Bush for all he has done for us after 9/11.

  2. Joan Campion says

    I am a little late on finding this and replying to it. Frankly, I was a Clinton voter because I considered her the best qualified candidate, and still do. She and Obama together, in any order, would have cleaned the Republicans’ clocks; and I am very sorry that didn’t happen.
    I am also sick and tired of being told I am a racist because Hillary basically remains my leader. Those California remarks by our new peerless leader–about the elderly Pennsylvania women, etc.–were not his finest hour. I was deeply tempted to sit this one out.
    It was Hillary’s own example that made me realize, in the first place, that I needed to do what I could for Obama.
    Not out of personal devotion to him, you understand. But when I think of it–and I am sure this is part of Hillary’s reasoning, too–I am pretty much convinced that a Republican victory could lead rather quickly to the end of the world. No hyperbole. Look what they’ve given us in eight years.
    The trouble is that they are so far advanced in their program that I’m not sure even an Obama victory–and I credit him with being very bright–can change things. Yet he’s the only hope, and he’s the way to vote. And I will.

    • says

      I agree with you.I think Hillary would make a good president.She is very smart would make a Good President:)This is my thoughts about O’Bama.History was made when O’Bama won the election.This is good.The only thing I have a problem with is his experence.He
      is young an very smart.I beleve he will catch on fast.He is young an strong.I also want to thank President Bush for being such a warm and happy for the President O’Bama & First Lady O’Bama.Yall have a good day:)

      Rebecca

  3. says

    Just remember that all women aren’t supporting Palin. We just did a post on women who oppose Palin, and the National Organization for Women has endorsed Obama for President.

  4. Pat G says

    The so-called “Bradley Effect”= i.e. the unexplainable leak/”loss” of Democratic votes as the tail end of the votes comes in, is really a cover-up for the election fraud perpetrated in all of our stolen elections- when the “counts” are tampered with by the concentrated effort of the electronic voting machine/counting machine vendors plus the complicit media to create their election-theft theater to steal elections from the citizens’ winning candidate. This is what was done to Kerry and will be attempted in 2008. Just watch the voluminous explaining-away of unexpected results by the treasonous media. It happens in EVERY election. As long as we the citizens cannot publicly OBSERVE the counting of our votes in front of our faces, we will NOT get the candidates of our choice. We may get some of them, but not all of them.

  5. pat dunn says

    I’ve been phone banking for Obama for over a month, and don’t despair, Republican men and women ARE supporting Obama, as well as unaffiliated voters. I can say this because I speak directly to them. We are in Arapahoe County, Colorado, and this county will determine if Obama gets Colorado. We have a top notched campaign office and we are knocking on doors, registering voters, and doing data input. Some men are saying their wives are more experienced than Palin! ! !

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