Canadians for Obama

September 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

A recent BBC World poll of 22,500 people in 22 countries showed 49% preferred Obama compared to 12% in favour of McCain. Read more here at The World Wants Obama Coalition blog.  Canada was the fifth strongest supporter, at 66% in favour of Obama (14% McCain; rest undecided), topped only by Italy, France, Australia, Kenya and Nigeria.

The astonishing majority supporting Obama outside of the U.S. is in stark contrast to how close the race is within the U.S.

Here is a link to the current polling results which shows Repubs leading Dems by 208 to 202 among states where a preference can be determined statistically (with 128 seats in play).  There are currently 12 swing states where it is too close to call:

Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, New Hampshire

In 2008, after eight years of Bush and close to 50 years of civil rights activism; after Martin Luther King and JFK; after rioting and Viet Nam and Watergate and women’s rights and gay rights and Roe v. Wade; after war upon war upon war fought for oil and corporate greed; after Three Mile Island and the Exxon Valdez; after Pat Buchanan and Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove; after the desecration of the tropical rain forests and the hole in the ozone and the melting of the ice caps; after AIDS and Afghanistan; after the flooding of Katrina and the meltdown of Wall Street–this Presidential race should NOT be this close. And the reason that it is points to a deep-seated, inherently narrow worldview that is nurtured and sustained by what any rational thinking person believes must be, can only be, a minority segment of U.S. population.

But, it is not a minority.  It appears to be a majority:  those who shout from a pulpit, point to a Bible and maintain a hold over the hearts and minds of Americans who are too afraid and too uneducated to be able to slash their way through the hypocrisy and deception perpetrated upon them by the very people who claim to be Christians but act without compassion, without mercy, and without any level of responsible, critical thought.  And another percentage who may not be in a church–maybe they are on a street corner or in a bar, or at the Nascar races or working in a hardware store or in an insurance office–but they believe, still, remarkably and almost impossibly, that not all people are created equal.  That a black man–because of his skin and only because of his skin–cannot be President.

Check this out from Associated Press today:  Racial Views Steer Some White Dems Away From Obama.  Of note:  “The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004 — about two and one-half percentage points.”  Another pundit I read elsewhere cites “the Bradley effect”:  the requirement of a 7-point margin of error for a black candidate to assure victory.  In other words,  Obama needs to be at least seven points ahead in the polls to be sure of a win in any state.  While the Bradley effect is said to have softened since 1984, when it was first identified, the poll shown above is hardly stable, even where Dems look to be ahead among decided voters.

I despair.

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