Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Politics and Race - How Ugly?

The exit polls from Kentucky, where Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by a more than 2-1 margin in yesterday's primary, paint an ugly picture. 18% of white voters in Kentucky admitted to pollsters that race was an important factor in deciding between Obama and Clinton. The corresponding number was even higher in West Virginia.

Here in Oregon, where Obama defeated Clinton handily, the corresponding number was 7%. I suppose that's an improvement over Kentucky and West Virginia -- yay home team?

Race has been and will continue to be a factor in the presidential election. The Wide Stance party has a clear incentive to convert as much of the USA as possible into Appalachia writ large.

Will it succeed, and how ugly will things get along the way? And how will that National Conversation About Race we keep talking about having play into it?

Can't we all just get along?

Didn't everyone see that Star Trek episode?

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