An obligatory post election blog post in which I talk about “race”
I’m watching the election coverage and it now appears that President Obama has won a second term. I can’t say that I’m all that surprised by this, and I’ll freely admit to being happy about it. To be honest, when all is said and done I don’t think that this election will really be all that close from an Electoral College standpoint. Obama will win Ohio, he’ll probably win Florida too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won Virginia to really drive it home.
The biggest question I have after tonight though isn’t what Barack Obama did right or Mitt Romney may have done wrong during this election cycle. It’s actually more about the Republican party in general, and why they still seem to believe that an exclusive political culture can have any chance of winning on a National level these days.
Watching the coverage tonight I couldn’t help but be struck by, of all things, the absolute “whiteness” of Romney’s campaign gathering in Boston as compared to the more multi-ethnic gathering in Chicago. I saw in President Obama’s victory party the type of crowd that I see everyday when I move about. It looked to me, in a word, normal. Romney’s crowd in comparison was stunningly one-sided. Frankly, it’s weird these days to be in a room so dominated by any single race. So I wonder, how could you be there in Boston and look around to see no color but white and not think well, this is a problem.
Now, I’m sure I will be accused of some weird brand of racism that conservatives have invented over the years. You know, the kind where they say see, you’re the one that’s racist because you think race really matters and we don’t. But my answer to that is that I’m not saying that race in itself matters. What I’m saying is that reality does. People are different colors, it’s a pretty obvious fact. Pretending to ignore it doesn’t make conservatives “post racial,” it makes them stupid. And as we can see again tonight it also makes them losers of Presidential elections.