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Arguments to the Contrary

June 2, 2008

On Tuesday, June 3rd, some time between 10:00 PM and 11:30 PM EST, we will finally come to the end of what must be viewed as a historic and imposingly divisive primary season. As such, I think it a good time to reflect on some of the more glaringly morally bankrupt political arguments used during this campaign:

  • The fallacious description of racism as cultural conservatism

When did it become sheik for Democrats to describe racism as cultural conservatism?  I submit, it became so the minute a clear racial dividing line occurred in this campaign.  White blue collar workers weren’t being socially conservative in states like Iowa, Missouri, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oregon.  All of which are predominantly white and majority blue collar, and by the way, Obama wins. The narrative for these states does not describe the white voting block as culturally conservative. Only when the Appalachian states (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi) and Ohio, where a clear majority honestly reported that race was a major factor came into the spot-light did this narrative change. Unfortunately, the Clinton campaign and media did not dissuade this false notion, but fanned it. 

  • The False Sexism Allegations

What exactly has the Obama campaign done to be called sexist? Besides a gesture Sen. Obama used to indicate his non-concern over attacks thrown at him by Sen. Clinton concerning Rev. Wright, I find no examples.  If truth be told, many of the sexism accusations have been unsubstantiated by evidence (although I believe there are anecdotal examples of it in the Media) and are mainly the pained feelings of supporters of Sen. Clinton. The problem with this discussion is that it serves to deflect the responsibility of a failed campaign.  The reason Sen. Clinton is not the candidate is summed up in two words, arrogance and organization.  It was arrogant to believe that Super Tuesday would close the deal, it was arrogant to believe that your campaign didn’t need to adequately account for those small caucus states, and it was arrogant to believe that you held the weight of the super-delegates in your corner.  Further, the Obama campaign plain and simple out organized the Clinton campaign, to the degree that even when Sen. Clinton one major victories in Texas and Ohio, her delegate takes were diminished.

We’ll be discussing these and more of the issues of this Primary season the remainder of this week.  I invite your suggestions on the issues.

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