Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The bigot ballot
I suspect that Hillary Clinton's victory in the Pennsylvania primary had more to do with race than any of us want to talk about. Clinton worked consistently to portray Obama as a black, radical, elitist. To the extent that white middle and lower class male voters went for her and not Obama, I would have to surmise that his race had something to do with it.
Greg Mitchell at the Huffington Post seems to be thinking the same thing, and he grew up in Pennsylvania.
On the way in this morning, I heard Courant columnist, and former counselor to Bill Clinton, Bill Curry say on the local public radio affiliate, that we shouldn't take these results as saying that as a country we are swayed by race, false patriotism and petty politics. I think another former Connecticut resident got it right. PT Barnum is reported to have once said: "No one ever got rich overestimating the intelligence of the American people."
He also said: "There's a sucker born every minute."