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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:14 PM
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I want my feel good campaign back! You hear that Barack and Hillary?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Something happened to the feel-good, way-cool Democratic presidential contest in the months since a woman and a black man began their path-breaking race for the White House.

By the millions, black voters voted for the black candidate and women voted for the woman. White men seemed torn, by the millions.

Sen. Barack Obama has broken historic barriers, especially among the young, as the first black candidate with a serious chance at the presidency. Voters who might ordinarily balk at a female president have backed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in her pioneering effort.

Those gains have not been enough to erase divisions by race, a task perhaps beyond any mortal and any one election, nor lesser ones between the sexes.

And when the campaign moves beyond Democrats, the party of diversity, and into the general election, it's questionable how much room is left for such progress.

A significant minority of voters in Democratic contests have considered the race or sex of the candidates important - about one in five in each case. That's according to surveys of voters in about two dozen states across the country on and since Super Tuesday.

Whether clumsy, coarse or calculating, remarks by party stalwarts or hangers-on have brought race repeatedly into the discomfort zone, which is easy to do, suggesting a post-racial political consciousness is for a more distant future.

:-( :cry:
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:22 PM
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Obama Calls for Unity, Addresses Racial Divisions After Pastors Remarks

Tries to distance himself from Rev. Wright comments at town hall in Plainfield, Indiana, invokes Bobby Kennedys speech after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot.

Says the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again, pointing to reporting, commentary from supporters on all sides, including his pastor. Highlights his multi-racial background.

Barack Obama

Town Hall Meeting at Plainfield High School, (Plainfield, Indiana)

March 15, 2008

Let me just close my initial remarks by talking about bringing this country together. You know, Bobby Kennedy gave one of his most gave one of his most famous speeches on a dark night in Indianapolis. Right after Dr. King was shot. Some of you remember reading about this speech. Some of you were alive when this speech was given. He stood on top of a car. He was in a crowd mostly of African Americans. And he delivered the news that Dr. King had been shot and killed. And he said, at that moment of anguish, he said, weve got a choice. He said, weve got a choice in taking the rage and bitterness and disappointment and letting it fester and dividing us further so that we no longer see each other as Americans but we see each other as separate and apart and at odds with each other. Or we can take a different path that says we have different stories, but we have common dreams and common hopes. And we can decide to walk down this road together. And remake America once again. And, you know, I think about those words often, especially in the last several weeks - because this campaign started on the basis that we are one America. As I said in my speech at the convention in 2004, there is no Black America, or White America, or Asian America, or Latino America. There is the United States of America. But I noticed over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again. And Im not here to cast blame or point fingers because everybody, you know, senses that theres been this shift. You know, that youve been seeing in the reporting. Youve been seeing some of the commentaries of supporters on all sides. Most recently, you heard some statements from my former pastor that were incendiary and that I completely reject, although I knew him and know him as somebody in my church who talked to me about Jesus and family and friendships, but clearly had but if all I knew was those statements that I saw on television, I would be shocked. And it just reminds me that weve got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. Weve got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. But what I continue to believe in is that this country wants to move beyond these kinds of divisions. That this country wants something different.

I just want to say to everybody here that as somebody who was born into a diverse family, as somebody who has little pieces of America all in me, I will not allow us to lose this moment, where we cannot forget about our past and not ignore the very real forces of racial inequality and gender inequality and the other things that divide us. I dont want us to forget them. We have to acknowledge them and lift them up and when people say things like my former pastor said, you know, you have to speak out forcefully against them. But what you also have to do is remember what Bobby Kennedy said. That it is within our power to join together to truly make a United States of America. And that we have to do not just so that our children live in a more peaceful country and a more peaceful world, but that is the only way that we are going to deliver on the big issues that were facing in this country. We cant solve health care divided. We cannot create an economy that works for everybody divided. We cant fight terrorism divided. We cant care for our veterans divided. We have to come together. Thats what this campaign is about. Thats why you are here. Thats why were going to win this election. Thats how were going to change the country. /
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:36 PM
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5. Thank you! I love this man...
Yet again, he makes me cry.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:22 PM
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2. The candidates asren't half as bad as the supporters, though.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:23 PM
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3. If women voted for a woman, this primary wouldn't have even been close. -n/t
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:26 PM
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4. K&R - there's the real story, before RW smearjobs kicked in!
Plenty of time before PA, nine more states and the GE.
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