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Tuesday, March 11, 2008



There was a white male candidate. Noone dug him. Whats his name? Edwards something? :)


I caucused in tiny Jonah, Texas. There were 10 votes for Clinton, 13 for Obama. Two people were Black (Obama), two were Hispanic (one for each), and the women split evenly, as did the whites. Each candidate received two delegates, and the four chosen agreed amiably over who would chair (a black man, after his wife said she had to work the Saturday of the county convention). Jonah is in Williamson County, one of the reddest counties in the nation. I hope these candidates don't screw this up.

Dwain A. Pellebon, Ph.D.

Professor Perry stated the response well. As one who teaches diversity in a social work program, I would have not predicted one year ago that a female and an (non-conservative) African American could be elected president. While there are signs of resistance among some voting democrats to having an African American or female nominee, there does seem to be a majority willing to take the step. But Senator Obama's appeal is not because he is of African descent. Simply put, he is believable. He addresses the issues with such clarity and hope that his message transcends color. And Ferraro's comments diminish the reality of a well qualified presidential candidate who so happens to be of African descent.

Senator Clinton stated that she "disagrees" with Ferraro's statement. However, I believe they both owe Senator Obama an apology and should "denounce and reject" any inference of racial sympathy. As far as identity sympathies play, Senators Clinton and Obama are on similar turf--the dream that a female American or an African American can be the President of the United States.

If this party does not handle this issue and the up-and-coming mudslinging, there will be an angry split in the party. At a time when the GOP is at its weakest, the Clinton/Obama batttle may end the hope for change. Maybe it is time for the super delegates to use their clout to bring them together and work out a strategy and timetable to select a nominee. Whichever candidate does not work for the greater good, well, maybe the super delegates should let them know their support will go in the other direction. For the sake of all that is good, the democratic party must win the presidency.

By the way, as a Black American, I was supporting Senator Clinton as President hoping Senator Obama would accept the Vice Presidency. In my judgment, that ticket would result in 12 years of a democrat in the White House. But Senator Clinton's style of "fighting" for the nomination has become very divsive and personal. The republicans have mastered the art of negative politics, and democrats know it when they see it. I am seeing it now with the Clinton campaign.

Dwain Pellebon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Work

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