Two interesting articles from the Associated Press on Barack Obama and identity politics appeared this weekend. Of course, it’s become pretty difficult to find an article about Obama that isn’t also about identity politics.
Anyhow, the first is a piece about the dilemma Obama’s presidential bid presents for black Republicans (including J.C. Watts, Colin Powell, and Armstrong Williams), many of whom are seriously contemplating casting their ballot for a Democrat. Says Williams:
“I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it. I can honestly say I have no idea who I’m going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that’s incredible.”
The second article, by AP writer Sonya Ross, examines the precarious position Obama finds himself in as a biracial candidate for president—wedged between black and white America. She writes:
Every time Obama takes a step toward November, blacks and whites pull on him as if he were a wishbone, expecting him to build up or water down his blackness as evidence that, if he becomes president, he won’t drag them out of their separate silos to confront America’s race problem; he’ll just join them where they are.
Are you a Republican (of any hue) who’s seriously thinking about voting for Obama? What about the wishbone question? Do you find yourself wanting to pull him one way or the other?