i wish obama had said this

Mulling over the debate, here’s what I wish Obama had said about the time McCain was whining about Lewis daring to compare Palin’s rallies to KKK rallies.

Even though your running mate’s rallies are getting out of hand and some white voters are willing to tell television or newspaper reporters straight up that they are going to vote for McCain because they will never vote for a black man, I know you are not a racist.   But that kind of talk is very frightening to many Americans, who want to see a society that pulls together rather than be pulled apart by racial and ethnic conflict.  Senator McCain, you are an honorable man.  I invite you to  take a strong stand against such talk, repudiate these people and tell the American people that you want no part of support based solely on race or people’s names, that you believe in a multi-ethnic America where we get along despite difference, and that you want all Americans to evaluate us on the basis of our stands on issues, not the color of our skin.

What do you think?

Author: olderwoman

I'm a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. I keep my name out of this blog because I don't want my name associated with it in a Google search. Although I never write anything in a public forum like a blog that I'd be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn't either), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helps to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities. The pseudonym also helps to protect the people I may write about in describing public or semi-public events I've been involved with. You can read about my academic work on my academic blog http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/racepoliticsjustice/ --Pam Oliver

2 thoughts on “i wish obama had said this”

  1. It would be nice for Obama to box McCain, but the real purpose is to allow McCain to burn precious time. It’s rare – even for presidents – to get an hour of free time. Thus, allowing McCain to mumble about John Lewis is fairly smart. Let him waste time arguing about a Civil rights figure that most Americans don’t remember. When the economy is tanking, a candidate quite simply has to communicate that their party is the one who can make jobs. Using free air time on any other issue is the same as burning about thousands of dollars a minute – the cost of tv commercials.

    Obama’s response is the right one – remind the viewers that he had nothing to do with Lewis’ comments and not waste time trying a gimmick (making the other guy promise something). Instead, let him waste time and just move to the economy when you have the chance.


  2. From a strategy point of view I see Fabio’s point, but there’s more at stake here than strategy. An Obama administration will have enormous cultural work to do, not just economic, and a comment like the one OW proposes might have helped set the stage for that work. That said, I actually think he’s done a very good job of setting that stage already.


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