Obama's speech was amazing. I thought the speech was surprisingly strong and he lived up to the expectations. It's about time a Democrat got some cajones and went on the attack.
I was small, about 4 or 5, when I first became aware of racism. My grandmother took me to the local drug store in Detroit and I went to the candy counter and asked for some "Ni**er Toes", which were the chocolate covered vanilla drop candies. She shushed me because there was a black man at the counter. The thing is, this is what I'd always heard them called. The year? 1959 or 1960. All of a sudden I realized that my family said "bad things" and that ni**ers were the recipients of those bad things. I promised myself I wouldn't be like that and I've tried, usually successfully, to achieve that.
Putting that memory along side the speech was amazing to me. I remember racism being the norm not some dirty little secret like it is today. It was boldly spoken not whispered with a little self-depreciating laugh. My grandparents, and others, might not have used that word in public but the laws were in place to back up that attitude.
Thursday night Barack Obama, win or lose, changed the face of race in this country.
Then on Friday afternoon John McCain pulled a major coup. He knocked Barack Obama off of the front page with the nomination of Sarah Palin.
Now, I can't help but feel that he's going for the PUMA's and Independents, but I don't think Palin will do that. She might make the Social Conservatives more comfortable, they were in a tizzy that he might pick his butt-monkey (tm Joss Whedon) Joe Lieberman, that a true conservative choice made them overjoyed. It was acknowledging their importance.
As far as the PUMA's, I think they are overblown. In the beginning they might have been all about Clinton, but I think there has been a huge influx of GOP's to shore up the numbers and try and spread the seeds of discontent. A woman that believed in Hillary's importance, and her stand on woman's issues, isn't going to go belly up just because a woman is running.
The few that would vote for a woman over women's issues are like the Ron Paul crowd. They are so caught up in the frenzy, that their loudness makes them seem larger than they really are.
This elections is about the issues. It's about the Supreme Court and the economy. The GOP and Democrats are coming at it from opposite ends so a Sarah Palin isn't going to change any true progressive's mind.