I read today in several articles that the Obama campaign is facing trouble up ahead, due to the racism of small-town American voters. This article from MSNBC says that it's due to Reverend Wright and the "bitter" comment. Or at least that's what Keith Wolfe thinks. "It's the stuff about his preacher ... and the thing he said about Pennsylvania towns, how they turn to religion. I don't think he'd be a really good leader." And what does Mr. Wolfe, 41, do for a living? He stocks shelves at a supermarket. Another person quoted in the article, a politicial science professor, thinks that Obama isn't doing well because he doesn't do a good enough job of addressing rural America's economic needs.
But deep down, we know better. This is another article from the New Yorker. In it, a volunteer for Hillary in Kentucky states that he'd never vote for an African-American, and has said that other people have told him the same thing. But you won't hear that reported on MSNBC or the nightly news. They'll give all these other reasons for why Obama won't do well in these states, but it has nothing to do with an incindiary preacher or his off-the-cuff comments. These people are just racist, hick morons.
I know that I'm being harsh. 10 or so years ago, I probably wouldn't be. But after 8 years of Bush, I'd take any improvement, no matter how slight. I don't like Obama, (not due to race, mind you), but he'd be much better than Dubya. For small-town America, too. How many people have jobs similiarly mimimal and unrewarding as Mr. Wolfe's in small town America? Quite a few, I'd imagine. And yet they'd rather keep going down the direction they've been on, which will get even more steep and difficult, just so a black man won't be commander-in-chief.
I don't know what Obama could do. There's probably nothing. Small-town America is dimwitted and full of hate for any candidate who isn't a white Christian. So they'll vote McCain, and take themselves further down. Hopefully they won't take the rest of us with them.