Monday, February 18, 2008
Those of us in Wisconsin will have the chance to go the polls today and actually make a difference in a Democratic presidential primary. But when either Hillary or Obama winds up on top when the polls close this evening, the losing camp will undoubtedly be sore, and claim that is was some sort of "ism" that kept them from securing the nomination. Hence today's editorial cartoon.
It's a darn shame. We've come so far in America. We actually have a women and and a black man squaring off to take the nomination of a major political party. This means that for the first time in history the democratic party candidate WILL not be some old white guy (sorry John McCain).
But this also means that the runner up of the democratic primary WILL not be some old white guy, and the loser will likely play the race/gender card. That won't diminish the accomplishments of the 2008 election season, but it will leave a bad taste in the mouths of all of us who hoped we could move beyond the labels of gender and race.
Hopefully, I'm wrong and the either Hillary or Obama, will accept the will of the voters (let's hope the voters figure it out, so the super-delegates don't get the chance), and reject the temptation to play the victim.
As for me, I still don't know who I'm going to vote for today. Maybe I'll just avoid all the controversy and vote for McCain. Just don't tell anyone in Madison I said that.