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Opening Arguments

Grain-of-salt time

I don't quite believe this:

But hidden near the bottom of the survey of nearly 1,400 adult Americans Jan. 14-17 is some disturbing news for Sen. Hillary Clinton heading into tonight's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the party's primary there Saturday.

The survey's numbers show that Americans are more ready for a black president than a female president. You read that right.

Given the racial divide that still exists, and given how far women have come, I don't think there's any way we're more ready for a black president than a woman. But that's in a generic sense, and we have a specific black and a specific woman running for president. Obama has gone out of his way to downplay race, so that's less of an issue than it might have been. And Clinton is one of the most polarizing figure in American politics. So what the poll might really be saying is that Americans are more ready for that black candidate than they are for that female candidate.

On the other hand, Clinton is still way ahead of Obama in the national polls, so make all of this just one more piece of evidence that this is the year when the polls crash and burn.


ob G.
Tue, 01/22/2008 - 12:19pm

Forget a black, female, or even Mormon president...let's just have one that GETS THE JOB DONE...period.
Oh, and some integrity never hurts either.


tim zank
Wed, 01/23/2008 - 10:47am

Amen BG....Integrity would be nice. On a side note, the Dems should be ecstatic with their candidate choices on both sides of the aisle. They're ALL liberals, so no matter who get's elected conservatives are pretty well screwed. I've noticed the Paulnuts have quieted down considerably too, I guess that's because school is back in session though.