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>Bradley…Reverse Bradley

October 9, 2008

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Be sure to read the posts below this one. The Western Tribune has a new columnist, Sandy Miranda, and I decided to be nice and post her column (as well as my own). She’s asking for responses to the questions she asks. I only ask that if you respond about her column with a comment on my blog, that you email her the same comments.

Aren’t we glad that there are people who understand statistics and go to the trouble of computing the chance of everything, like Obama losing Ohio and still winning the election (70.05%) or McCain losing Ohio and still winning the election (0.33%). The folks at fivethirtyeight have loaded their site with scenarios and poll results and maps and more.

The Bradley Effect

Pundits keep talking about the Bradley effect and wondering if it will come into play this election. The Bradley effect is, of course, white guys saying they will vote for the black guy but then not doing it. Many are expecting a Reverse Bradley Effect, whereby white people won’t admit they will vote for a black guy, but when it comes down to it, for the sake of their future, they vote for the black guy.

North Carolina governor Mike Easley thinks that could happen in his state. He was on the Rachel Maddow show last night and said his barber (who, he said, is a guy that can legally hold a straight razor up to your neck and ask a question, thus creating a good focus group to get answers from) is predicting just that. He speaks of white guys that have said all along they wouldn’t vote for Obama that will in fact vote for him. He spoke of Obama’s trips to his state, his 400 paid staffers in the state, and reminded us that Obama prepared for the debate in his state, and is connecting with people in his state.

Now try to factor this in. Ben Smith had this:

An Obama supporter, who canvassed for the candidate in the working-class, white Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown recently, sends over an account that, in various forms, I’ve heard a lot in recent weeks.

“What’s crazy is this,” he writes. “I was blown away by the outright racism, but these folks are f***ing undecided. They would call him a n—-r and mention how they don’t know what to do because of the economy.”

Now, this kind of crap goes on, and I get questioned for making race an issue? With all this going on: Bradley and reverse Bradley and use of the N word and people shouting “Kill him” at McCain rally’s when Obama’s name is mentioned, do you really think it should be ignored?

No way.

Vote for that one. There you can read the history of That One and buy That One merchandise.

>A Shout Out to Bigots?

October 8, 2008

>The Democrats are up 3-0 in the debate series. Here are the numbers, using a couple of the same polls I used after the first presidential and vice-presidential debates. Fox polls and Drudge polls don’t count, so don’t ask.

CNN Obama 54 McCain 30

CBS Obama 40 Tie 34 McCain 26

Racism?

And that sheriff in Lee County, Florida who used Obama’s middle name yesterday while introducing Sarah Palin may have been in violation of federal law. Story

A complaint sent to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel alleges that Scott violated the Hatch Act because his agency receives federal dollars, and Scott was engaging in political activity while on duty and in uniform. Erica S. Hamrick, senior attorney for the agency, said in an e-mail Tuesday that an investigation was being opened. Neither she nor her office could be reached for further comment Tuesday. …

Some also are questioning whether Scott violated the county code of ethics. The statute says no county government employees are allowed to wear any uniform or clothing that would identify them as such while engaging in a political campaign not sponsored by the county, even if they are off-duty.

Some believe the comment could have had “racial connotations”:

James Muwakkil, founder of the 300-member Fort Myers Coalition for Justice and a life member of the NAACP and ACLU, called for a formal apology. He said that while he supports the sheriff’s right to speak his mind, he criticized him for doing so while in uniform. He felt it was an affront to all county residents who may not share the sheriff’s views. He also felt there were racial connotations.

The entire McCain campaign is teetering toward racism. I know that one racist supporter does not mean the whole campaign is, but in Clearwater yesterday, this happened.

At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
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It’s not a big jump to think of John McCain’s referral to Barack Obama as a disdainful “That one” last night as a shout out to bigots.

Depersonalizing African Americans has long been a tactic of white bigots, and the use of terms such as “boy” or “that one” is easily recognizable.

Recall that John McCain voted against the law that created the national Martin Luther King Holiday in 1983, and in 1987 supported the Arizona Governor’s effort to rescind the Holiday in his state. In speaking to the Arizona Teenage Republican Convention that year about the Governor’s decision “McCain said that he felt (governor) Mecham was correct in rescinding the holiday.” [Washington Post, 1/14/1987; Phoenix Gazette, 4/13/1987].

So it’s no surprise that someone his age could still hold feelings of animosity even if, like George Wallace, he has had a change of heart in his later years. It’s becoming obvious.