It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
More than 100 New York feminist leaders released a joint statement Sunday afternoon criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Obama for president – evidence that Clinton’s support among women activists has declined significantly in the days before the super-Tuesday primary.
Clinton’s support for the war in Iraq was the leading reason she lost the support of the group, which calls itself “New York Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama!” “We urgently need a presidential candidate whose first priority is to address domestic needs,” the group added.
This sound rather promising until:
“Choosing to support Senator Obama was not an easy decision for us,” the group stated, “because electing a woman president would be a cause for celebration in itself.” They “deplored” the “sexist attacks against Senator Clinton that have circulated in the media.” But, they stated, they nevertheless supported Obama because his election “would be another historic achievement” and because “his support for gender equality has been unwavering.”
The group based their opposition to Clinton on “her seven-year record as senator.” Despite her recent pledges to remove troops from Iraq, the group stated, Clinton’s “record of embracing military solutions and the foreign policy advisers she has selected make us doubt that she will end this calamitous war.”
In short, the woman pissed them off so they went with the black guy, not because they necessarily agree with his politics (if they did they would have endorsed him to begin with) but because he the politically correct choice. Classy.
Coincidentally, Obama becoming president would not be another historic achievement. It would be the historic achievement. People seem to forget that it was not too long ago that people of African descent were not even considered fully human. This country owes a far greater debt to non-Caucasian people than it does to women (I do not recall any natural disasters ravaging a city populated mostly by women and those women being called refugees in their own country) , and having Obama as president would show that race is beginning not to matter.
And at the most basic level, if one is going to support or vote for a candidate, do it because you agree with that person’s position and politics, not out of spite for another candidate.