Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hagee Apologizes to Catholics

In an obvious bid to end a potentially controversial endorsement before the mainstream press even notices, Rev Hagee sent an apology to the Catholic League for statements he made equating the Catholic church to whores. Bill Donohue accepted the apology.

Where to start... Well, first, I'm doubting he would have apologized if this had not been an election year. It's not like he said these things last week. His inflammatory statements go back several years. Why has he not "seen the light" before now?

And since when is Bill Donohue the one to apologize to if you offend Catholics? How about the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, or, um, what's his name... Oh yeah: THE POPE? Donohue represents a fringe group of Catholics who'd like to tell us all what we should and should not believe, watch, or read. He has no official role in the Church, and he's certainly not the only Catholic offended by Hagee's statements.

Clearly it's all politics. Now Donohue can recommend that Catholics can vote for McCain with a clear conscience, and McCain likely gets out of a jam.

Do you think Obama would get off so easy if Rev Wright suddenly apologized? Somehow I don't think so.

American Journalism At Its Finest

The front page of Tuesday's USA today had a very provocative headline:

"Dems Say Let the Contest Continue"

This was immediately followed by the sub-head:

"But more say Clinton should quit, poll shows"

Stephen Colbert had some amusing comments about the contradictory statements. Unfortunately I can't find the article on the USA Today website (or else it has been changed). If I try to be optimistic, I can assume that the headline was based specifically on the West Virginia primary results, while the sub-head was based on a nationwide poll.

But with the quality of journalism (or lack thereof) in the country today, I have to assume the reporter and editors simply chose a headline that they felt would sell more papers rather than accurately represent the findings stated in the article.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Obama Not Really Having Trouble Getting White Votes

Despite the media's (and the Clinton Campaign's) insistence, Obama is not having trouble getting the votes of white people. Sure it sounds good to look at predominantly white states like West Virginia and extrapolate that Clinton won there easily because whites were hesitant to vote for him, but it's not the whole story.

West Virginia clearly is predominantly white, but it's also relatively small compared to other primary states (approx 330,000 total votes cast in the Democratic primary). Furthermore, it's residents are generally older and less educated that other primary states. So really all the victory proves for Clinton is that she has an advantage in older, less educated white votes -- not all white votes.

Let's look at the total popular vote as reported by RealClearPolitics:

Obama: 16,104,613
Clinton:
15,511,003

(Those numbers do not include states that have not released official popular vote totals. When estimates from those states are included, Obama gains 300k+ and Clinton gains 200k+.)

So Obama has a lead of just under 600,000 votes. But more to the point, he has the votes of 16 million people. Considering whites are still a majority in this country, it's safe to say that a fair number of their votes are included in that total figure. Of course no one will be able to break those down by race, but I think it's safe to say that Obama is doing just fine with white Americans.

Any attempt by Clinton to make us believe otherwise is a shameful use of the race card that frankly I did not expect and does the Party much more harm than good. If she continues this disgraceful course, she risks getting voters to believe that nonsense and possibly give up on the Obama campaign as un-winnable before the general election even gets going. And I won't even go into the potential racial effects of further driving a wedge in between blacks and whites in this country.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Racial and Party Double Standards in Play Today

No need for me to add comment or context; this is a really good op-ed piece from the New York Times. I don't know this particular columnist, but he's pretty much on the mark with this one:

The All-White Elephant in the Room

Read, think, digest. Then go vote.