"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)



Ah, the DNC. A few thoughts on night one:
  1. Who on earth thought it was a good idea for Nancy Pelosi to talk about faith?
  2. Watching the Kennedys galavant on their sailboat is not the way to reach middle America.
  3. Michelle Obama can give a speech.
  4. Political conventions are so awful.
  5. The video feed Barack Obama thing is creepy.
  6. Who gave the 7-year-old the mike?
  7. If I'm the RNC, I'm very worried about the fact that over 35% of the room at the DNC are racial minorities. I have a feeling Minneapolis will be a lot whiter, and McCain won't get many minority votes.


Blogger Michael said...

The Dems have had a mandatory level of minority and women in their delegation for decades haven't they? I don't know that this is any different than any other year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:41:00 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

I heard just a few clips of Michelle Obama's speech. One clip talked about her getting to know this man with a funny name who was raised white. Honestly, I couldn't get the opening line from The Jerk out of my head - so similar, but reversed.

I'd have to agree about #1 and #2, though. Oh, and #4, too.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:22:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Michael, you're right, and also for gays and lesbians and for the disabled. I think, though, that as America's diversity increases and places like Texas become less and less Anglo, that the R's are setting themselves up for disaster by not appealing to more racial minorities.

Euphrony, Michelle Obama's speech was fantastic. She did exactly what she needed to do.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:37:00 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

To clarify, I'm not saying it wasn't a good speech. Just that that line brings me back to Steve Martin in The Jerk, in an odd sorta way.

Really, for this whole election season, there has not been a single candidate who has grabbed me and made me want to vote for them. I hope to see a lot from McCain and Obama in the next two months; but I'm not holding my breath.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 12:08:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

I think Rs try to appeal to minorities. They tried to appeal to Latinos with their social conservative message. Unfortunately for them, the immigration issue crept up at the same time.

And I don't think the Rs have given up on the African American vote. It is just hard for Rs to prove that they are better on race issues than Ds without losing many of their anti-affirmative action supporters.

I think what will be more interesting in elections to come will be how African Americans in the Democratic Party handle a (probable) huge influx of Hispanics. Will they welcome them or fear they will take power from them?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 12:39:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Michael, that's exactly right. I just don't see the R's being able to hang on to power, even in Texas, if they don't reign in the far right on immigration. I don't believe the R's have given up on African American voters either, but they sure don't seem to be figuring out a way to reach out to those voters. On the Hispanic influx into the D's, yep, it's going to be a huge issue.

Euphrony, I didn't mean to be combative. You're right that it did sound a little too close to the Jerk. And I've never voted for a candidate, just against the worse of the options.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:06:00 PM

Blogger Michael said...

"I've never voted for a candidate, just against the worse of the options."

What a sad statement. Yet, I am there with you.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:36:00 PM

Blogger euphrony said...

Not at all, TIA. I felt my first comment sounded a bit flippant (the whole comparison I raise still does) and wanted to clarify.

And I second Michael's statement - that is sad, but too often true in my life, as well.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 3:44:00 PM

Blogger Charlie Mac said...

The irony is that all these years after we 'officially' by law became an intergrated (non-discriminatory) society, both political parties still play to racial, religious, sexual, etc. issues.
So is the US really an intergrated and diverse society or not?
My answer would be no. It is a grand idea. Until voters in both political parties cast their ballots based on what is best for the country as a whole and over the long haul instead of what is best for special interest groups (me and mine), America will continue to be to be segerated for all pratical purposes. (And the d's like it that way!)
Charlie Mac

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:09:00 PM


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