2008-01-19: The democrats are throwing the electionThe democrats are throwing the election
I'm a Canadian. I do my very best to ignore American politics. Still, news of what's going on to the south can't help but permeate my thick consciousness occasionally.
Even then, only a tiny bit gets through. In this case, I have barely managed to absorb two facts: that President Bush's approval rating is a dismal 30% or so, and that the two frontrunners for Democratic presidential candidates are a woman and a coloured guy whose name rhymes with "Osama." Unfortunately, those two facts overwhelm everything else.
People. Seriously. This is not an accident!
I'm (I think) neither racist nor sexist. But I can do statistics. Nobody who is not white, and nobody who is not a man, has ever been President of the United States. And here we are, with such a huge, widespread dislike for the Bush regime that the Democrats are virtually guaranteed a win - if only they can produce a halfway viable candidate.
And yet they don't - spectacularly. Remember 2004? One of the only things that I noticed about that election was the "flip flopper" scandal, in which they successfully demonized the Democratic candidate because he changed his mind that one time.
But don't worry. I'm sure the spin machine will totally leave the wife-of-the-guy-who-almost-got-impeached-for-cheating-on-her-but-she-apparently-forgave-him and/or the probable-Muslim-terrorist-sympathizer(*) alone when the time comes. It's a shoe-in!
(*) Disclaimer: I have absolutely nothing against Muslims. Despite what you may have heard, only a vanishingly tiny number of Muslims are terrorists. Other religions and atheists also produce terrorists. In fact, I have no idea if the guy is even a Muslim. But none of that will matter, when the time comes, because his skin isn't white and his name rhymes with Osama. Watch.