I started to post this as a comment to Rick Nadeau’s piece, Obama Amazes. His post really had me nodding my head, putting to words many of the feelings I have been having myself. As an almost 50 year old woman, I really want to be able to vote for Hillary, but at this point, I don’t know. Obama certainly stirred my emotions with his powerful speeches, as did Edwards in Iowa. But when Edwards repeated the same speech in New Hampshire I was disappointed.
Rick, you talked about deeply entrenched prejudices, racial barriers, gender issues. I cringe at the misogynistic attitudes of so many Americans. I wonder if Hillary’s humanizing tears will end up biting her in the butt. During a conversation the other night I learned about something called the “Bradley Effect,” where people will publicly endorse one candidate, then in the privacy of the voting booth, maybe having to face their own deeply entrenched prejudices, they vote differently. As we face Super Tuesday, primary elections across the country, I wonder how many will vote for Obama because he is, after all, a man, and how many will vote for Clinton because she is white. Or maybe Edwards will pull it out because he is both….
We are indeed witnessing history in the making with a woman and a black man vying for leadership of the country. I ask myself, “what took us so long to get here?” and I almost wish one of them would win so we can get past this point of making history and get on with changing the course of it, and facing the major issues before us. Then I ask myself, are we really there? Can we get over this hurdle and become, as a country, the unbiased citizenry we want to believe we are? Can we look at the candidates and vote for the one who will help lead us out of the quagmire that the current administration has put us in, regardless of, and not because of, their race, gender, oratory prowess, physical stature or good looks? And when we reach November, will that candidate even be on the ballot?
Many of the candidates speak of hope and change. I have faith in us, here’s to hope and change.