Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pat Buchanan on the 2008 US election

There are bigots, and then there are bigots, but Pat Buchanan gets the prize. On MSNBC he insisted that the only reason Barack Obama was winning was because he was black. Buchanan said that if Obama was white, he would have been out of the race a long time ago and that either John Edwards or Hillary Clinton would have won the Democratic nomination.

This is absurd. Obama won because he worked hard, had a great campaign team, and because he's very talented and charismatic. He was able to tap into the mood for change. If being black were the only criteria to be President, then why didn't Carol Moseley-Braun - a black woman and former Senator from Illinois - win the nomination in 2004?

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