Tuesday, March 4, 2008

the other march madness... part 2

After reading David Wogan's post and the associated comment by John, I started to write a comment of my own. This "comment" became so long, that I decided to make it its own post.

Nice post, David.

The comment by John brings up a question that I would really be interested in leaning the answer to (by the way, I really enjoyed the article that John suggested).

Which matters more, race or gender? Does the very fact that we're talking about this mean that this is an influential piece of this years Democratic primary?

This question has been asked throughout the Clinton-Obama race. Would you rather have a female President, or a black President? Does it make any difference in your vote? In the decades since the Civil Rights Act, has the mentality surrounding gender and race truly changed?

Polls that I have read indicate that these are not the first thing that people consider when they are in the voting booth. In Nashville last weekend, I watched a local news station report on the top ten words that come to mind when people speak of the candidates. Included were the following:

For Obama - young, inexperienced, hope

For Clinton - experienced, solutions, *rhymes with witch*

McCain - old, veteran, experienced

With the exception of (potentially) one (the expletive I don’t care to repeat here), none of these words referred to the race or gender of the candidates. Does this mean that race and gender are not deciding factors in the Presidential race?

If this is true, then I am very proud of our country. The issues are what should matter... not the race or gender of the candidate. We should be talking about climate change, energy policy, national security, and economic prosperity for this country. To quote J.T. marsh “I care about who will be a better leader for this country. Race and gender are not a factor.”

I hope that citizens of this country agree with the Marsh perspective. However, despite this hopeful view, I still wonder how much male vs. female, black vs. white will influence the vote today here in Texas.


Cassandra said...

Unfortunately, I disagree on the subject of gender and race being an issue. Obama got a significant portion of th e black vote, and Clinton the female vote. Additionally, I would say Clinton has been the subject of many, generally accepted, gender slurs, while the media has been hyping every racial slur they can find, generally unaccepted.

I would say people have a great dislike towards Clinton. I think it is best described as: Ambitious Women Are Not That Attractive. As a male friend of mine once said. It'll be a while before ambitious women look the same as ambitious men.

I wonder if Obama were a black woman, would he be painted as a weak Suzy homemaker and bleeding heart?

Chhavi said...

Just want to say that I completely agree with Cassandra's comment.
I really think that strong women have it much harder and that it is really showing in this election.