Turning their Baracks...
The New York Post recently ran an article on cross-party support for Obama. We certainly appreciate Ms. Callahan taking the time to research the matter and include our site in her article.
There were a couple of points, though, that I want to address.
Check out this quote (emphasis added):
Lucas Morel, associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, agrees. "A successful Obama is like a successful Tiger Woods, right? Golf is known as a white man's game - and Tiger doesn't just come in, he cleans their clocks and treats the golf course like a pool table. So, a young black man coming in and succeeding - we can say, 'Good for us! We've gotten over our racism and slavery!' " He laughs. "It's all psychological. Who's gonna admit that they like Obama because it makes them feel better about themselves?"
And Morel thinks Obama's cross-party appeal is as limited as his honeymoon period. "I think when people scratch the surface, they're going to see someone who's really left-leaning," he says. "The domestic stuff - health care, abortion, stem cell research - will be too much for conservatives."
Wow, that's quite a statement to make. White people support Obama because it "makes [us] feel better" about ourselves. I had no idea. Frankly, I find the notion insulting. Seems to me there's something inherently racist in that remark.
And what about the next comment? Throughout the article there's an implication that Republicans must not know what Obama stands for if they support him. Well, hello, I think you'll find that most of us have done our homework. Sure he's left of center (understatement), but at least he's got a consistent record...It says a lot that we do know what he stands for. Because of some of his stances, Obama may not ever have tremendous cross party support, but to underestimate the potential would be a mistake.