Archive for September 3rd, 2008

So sorry that I’m still stuck on the issue of politics; we do talk about other stuff here. But, hey, it’s an election year, right?

This week, questions of sexism and gender roles have come to the forefront with the nomination of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as the GOP vice presidential candidate. But this USA Today interview with former Republican lawmaker Dick Armey about how Barack Obama’s chances of being elected president are most threatened by “the Bubba vote” (i.e., white working-class voters often from rural areas) got me to thinking about the racial dynamic again. Here’s a quote from Armey:

“The Bubba vote is there, and it’s very real, and it is everywhere. There’s an awful lot of people in America, bless their heart, who simply are not emotionally prepared to vote for a black man.” 

Later Armey suggests that there probably will not be an equivalent sexist backlash against a female candidate on the GOP ticket. From the article:

On the other hand, Armey said, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s name on the GOP ticket should not produce much of an anti-woman vote. “We’re very far down that path,” he said. “We’re not as far down the racial equality path.”

Armey seemed to be doing an incisive social commentary, as well as proudly proclaiming why his party would triumph this November. What do you think of his statements?

Related Article: This is an interesting Washington Post piece on a similar topic, and perhaps one of the reasons I feel so depressed and alienated as I watch the RNC on television.

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