Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Race or gender?

I'm afraid I'm travelling so much in the early part of this year that unless there's an election, I'm not going to be finding much time and energy to post anything you can really sink your teeth into. But here's a little tidbit about the U.S. Democratic primaries that might amuse you in the meantime:

CNN did a story about how South Carolina black women are facing a tough decision between Obama and Clinton. "For these women, a unique, and most unexpected dilemma, presents itself: Should they vote their race, or should they vote their gender?" A unique dilemma...because of course, no voters have ever had both a race and a gender before, and so this is the very first time anybody's ever had to make a decision like this, right?

The best part, though? Readers got pissed off by the story (you think?) and so CNN did a story on that, too. The best quote is: "Duh, I'm a black woman and here I am at the voting booth. Duh, since I'm illiterate I'll pull down the lever for someone. Hm... Well, he black so I may vote for him... oh wait she a woman I may vote for her... What Ise gon' do? Oh lordy!"

*snerk*

9 comments:

West End Bound said...

Knowing it wasn't that long ago that you were bombarded with US MSM pre-election jabber , you can relate, eh, IP?

Bet you don't miss it, do you? ;-)

Deanna said...

I think this just goes to show that all those MSM journalists really are planning to vote for the whitest, malest person around. They've been voting by race and gender for so long, they've forgotten that voters might have other criteria.

/snark

And welcome back! :D

Ben (The Tiger) said...

What is rather depressing about it is that Obama did his level best to avoid having race come up.

Bah.

Before the last couple of years, I was firmly of the view that the first black and the first woman presidents would be from the GOP, if only because the Dems & their media surrogates have race & gender on the brain.

(If a perfect storm gives us Hillary vs. McCain with a pissed off Democratic base, I may yet be proven right on this one...)

Ryan said...

Damn. Now if only Fred Thompson stayed in, he could have captured the "fat cranky old man" demographic. We know how big that one is. Missed opportunities...

L-girl said...

Before the last couple of years, I was firmly of the view that the first black and the first woman presidents would be from the GOP

You were practically correct, if not technically. Hillary Clinton is just a Republican wearing a Democrat suit.

Miss Welby said...

hello Idealistic, while you are traveling visit me and see if you want to exchange links - in this year of presidential election I'd like to swap links with the finest American bloggers. ciao! :)

Deanna said...

http://www.nataliedee.com/020408/im-gonna-vote-for-mccain-cause-hes-a-white-dude.jpg

Deanna said...

Oops.

Let me do that correctly:
relevant comic

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Deanna,

That's priceless.