I think there is a clear (even if sometimes difficult to see) distinction between a crazy partisan and a regular person who follows an ideology: the price you are willing to pay.
For a variety of reasons I think McCain would be a better president than Obama. These go from personal characteristics to the alliances around each party. Republicans are by no means perfect but when you compare them to the Democrats, the correct choice is clear. Now, when I say ‘correct’ what does that really mean? Correct to make me feel better or correct to make the whole country (one would even say the world) a better place and consequently make me better off?
I thought about all of that after reading this article from by Jonathan Alter: Why McCain Won. I know, it’s easy to get completely irritated after a few lines and say “just another piece of trash from this pathetic media”. But for whatever reason, this one really scared me.
Think about what he is saying. Besides the old “whoever votes for McCain is a racist”, he is saying that by not electing a black President we are even more racist now than we were before because we will be negating something that he believes should be inevitable.
It was clear to me that people would understand that just the fact that Obama is where he is should be enough to ‘transcend our original sin’. Maybe I was naive. Maybe we are now in a racial trap created by smart Democrats and months and months of media hype and exploitation of what Obama means to the country. Maybe this trap was just designed too well and a McCain victory would actually hurt more than it would help – or looking at it from the other side, maybe an Obama victory will help more than it would hurt.
I honestly don’t know. In times where most of our problems seem to be related to illogical panic and false expectations, I hope that democracy does show to work again and this next election plays out the best way for the country.