My husband and our good friend agree that in Obama's interest it would be best not to bring attention to racial stuff at this point. Aside from the fact that I can't imagine my blog actually influencing sufficient people in any way, I sort of see their point, and yet I disagree. One, it is an insult to both blacks and whites to assume that it could/should be brushed under the rug for the moment so as not to remind people of Wright. Two, it is apparent that a lot of white voters are not about to sweep it under the rug. I don't know what makes people, ultimately, change their minds. I do think understanding the roots of a problem helps reasonable people shift their opinion. I fear if the subject isn't addressed in a way that shows sensitivities to both blacks and whites, it will mean more white voters will go into the polls and at the last minute not be able to vote for a black. i cannot speak for what black voters will think or do, but I find it difficult to imagine that if I were black, I would not be really annoyed, to say the least, if I were supposed to keep my mouth shut on this critically divisive current in our national lives. My husband and our friend speak mostly about the battle with Hillary Clinton. I think currently she is carrying on really badly, what with hanging out with the likes of Richard Mellon Scaife but I'd rather she win the nomination than McCain win the presidency.* Suddenly having to deal with the issue in the national election would be deadly, I fear.
Anyway, the latest poll from Quinnipiac (below), a reliable outfit (and I think university, though except for its polls I've never heard of it) shows that for whites, the race issue is not going away. this clip is snatched from Talking Points Memo
There are two new polls out on Pennsylvania. Quinnipiac's is in line with the other polls that have come out this week, showing Obama gaining on Clinton but still significantly behind. They have him 9 points back. Meanwhile Public Policy Polling, which has had a solid record this year, shows Obama taking a narrow 2 point lead. For the moment, the PPP poll has to be seen as an outlier, though it is important to note that the PPP poll is the most recent survey.
But look at these internals from the Q poll, which will certainly get highlighted by the Clinton campaign, clipped from the Q poll release memo
Florida: Clinton 44 percent - McCain 42 percent; McCain beats Obama 46 – 37 percent;
Ohio: Clinton beats McCain 48 – 39 percent; Obama gets 43 percent to McCain’s 42 percent;
Pennsylvania: Clinton tops McCain 48 – 40 percent; Obama leads McCain 43 – 39 percent.
And to add to the equation, the Q poll memo suggests a significant racial dynamic in the voting when McCain is placed against the two Democratic contenders.
* As either Josh Marshall or Andrew Sullivan said (I can't remember which) Richard Mellon Scaife a Louis Farrakhan of the right, and deliberately and without regret, Hillary is publically associating herself with him. It is scandalous that in his presence she made the statement that she would not have stayed in Wright's church. Scaife is far more shocking in his words and associations than Wright ever was. Plus, it seems to me the ultimate in cynicism that she (and apparently Bill, too) sidled up to the man who funded the efforts to impeach her husband.