I'm just now getting around to my normal daily blog reading, and BAM! - the first bookmark I check is Ed Brayton's blog and find this little nugget that sent my already high blood pressure through the roof (my emphasis):
Asked to identify his religion, 58 percent of respondents correctly said Obama was a Christian. But a surprising 11 percent said he was a Muslim. And 22 percent said they did not know what his religion was.
Almost one-fifth of white Democratic voters polled also said they had an unfavorable opinion of Obama because of his name.
One-fifth? One-fifth of white Democratic voters have an unfavorable opinion of Obama because of his name? Ed says:
No, the American public isn't entirely ignorant - but enough are ignorant to easily swing an election. And yes, that bothers me. I don't have a solution to it, but it bothers me.
In my opinion, "ignorant" is to nice a word to use here. I would much rather discard these ass-hats as well, "ass-hats" - or fucknuts - wankstains, dickbags...you pick one. Whichever, this is completely unbelievable. How the hell can you call yourself a Democrat and still be uncomfortable with the name "Obama". For Maude's sake, he's been a national celebrity since the '04 convention. Let's call a spade, a spade here. If your reason for having an unfavorable opinion of Obama is his name, your either a racist or a xenophobe. (And yes, that is the first time I've called any Democrats racist throughout this whole debacle, and you can bet your ass that I mean it this time.)
And the sad truth is Brayton is absolutely correct in saying that this many voters could easily sway an election - whether it's staying home on election day, or even worse, doing the unthinkable and voting for McSame.
I am pissed about this. The direction this country is headed needs to do an about face. The train has already derailed. What started as a snowflake of disastrous leadership we've had for the last eight years is now a full blown avalanche destroying everything in its path.
No one, not even those of us who live and breathe the daily catastrophes of the current administration, can fully fathom the amount of damage that has been done to every single facet of this country's spirit - damage that may at this point be irreparable.
However, we can at least start the salvage operation this November. And the Democrats are the ones who have to get behind the wheel. It should at this point be clear that the majority of the Republicans don't give a shit about this country. What actually motivates them is beyond me, but I'll leave that for another post.
My point is this: The country's soul is broken. It's lost, but it hasn't disappeared. John McCain has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of trying to fix or find it. So that leaves us with the Democrats. So listen up and listen good. It's clear that Obama is going to be the nominee. (I admire Clinton's will to fight, but it's over for her.) In November, if you consider yourself a Democrat and don't vote or vote for McCain because you are "uncomfortable" with Obama's name, YOU ARE NOT A DEMOCRAT(!!!) and you don't deserve to call yourself one.
UPDATE: I wanted to better conclude this post, but I had to run off to another meeting. It's now about 0115, and I just got home not too long ago. PhD. work is good, great, grand...wonderful!