Disclaimer: not voting for Barack Obama is not, in and of itself, racist. Certainly, there are racist reasons not to vote for him, but there are racially-neutral reasons to do as well (coming from both liberal and conservative viewpoints). I personally am not ecstatic with his stances on several issues, particularly on LGBT rights and women’s rights. He is not my ideal candidate, though in all respects he is much more in accord with my views than McCain. So, I am sympathetic to the notion that somebody might not buy into the messianic Obamania that has permeated the left in the past year, and not want to have to answer to cries of “racism!”.
Nonetheless, this much is true: a vote for McCain is a vote for racism. It is a vote for many other things; it’s a vote for misogyny, for idiocy, for fiscal irresponsibility, for homophobia, for ineptitude, and lots more fun stuff. But racism is what we will focus on today.
The Republican party, of course, has a long and storied tradition of racism (even more so than America in general has said history). Alternet has an excellent post on how if McCain were really more concerned with issues than party lines or ideology, he would have broken with the Republican tradition of bigotry and hatred.
What a sick joke: if McCain had been the maverick he thinks he is and expects to be taken for, if he had continued to tell George W. Bush to stuff it and conducted an honorable campaign, he might have single-handedly redeemed his own party, the party whose rank and file voters and most powerful member famously regarded him as some kind of traitor. But by trying to fit in and play by the established rules, he’s treated fence-sitters and swing voters to a sight designed to convince them that to support McCain/Palin is to sign on to march off a cliff with the rest of the caveman army.
As it stands now, however, even bigwig conservatives are distancing themselves from and condemning McCain’s tactics.