Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Is Race Stronger Than Gender...?

...and shouldn't ideology prevail over both?

I was reading an article yesterday about how "even Black republicans" were contemplating a vote for Obama:

"...Just as Obama has touched black Democratic voters, he has engendered conflicting emotions among black Republicans who are far fewer in numbers. They revel over the possibility of a black president but wrestle with the thought that Obama does not sit beside them ideologically.

"Among black conservatives," Williams said, "they tell me privately, it would be very hard to vote against him in November." (source)

But this REALLY shocked me:

"J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the Republican House leadership, said he is thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he is still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them."

As many of you know, J.C. was one of my top Veep picks for McCain.

Now, as a fellow minority, I certainly have the right to weigh in here. Was I excited a woman was running for President and a viable choice? Of course I was. Did I for one second consider abandoning all that I believe in to vote for her in some blind estrogen pact? No. What I said (and thought) was 'Damn! I WISH I could vote for the first woman that has a shot at the Oval Office...but I'm not a socialist.' My beliefs supersede my uterus...I'm disappointed to learn beliefs take a back seat to melatonin for some.

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