Super Tuesday was certainly super for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The less-than-one-term senator proved he was more than a flash in the pan with wins in Alabama, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah. Obama is a serious challenger for the Democratic nomination.
The media -- and Obama's supporters -- would have us believe that Super Tuesday was super for America. Obama's big showing, we are told, demonstrates that Americans have finally moved beyond the racial divisions of the past.
This is exactly wrong. Obama's big showing demonstrates how far Americans still have to go when it comes to race.
Barack Obama is the Halle Berry of American politics -- he's a pretty, nonthreatening face who happens to be the right color and, therefore, demands our plaudits. Never mind that he was brought up by his white mother, went to a private high school and has spent about as much time facing down serious racism as Mitt Romney. He's got African genes, and we're all supposed to pull the lever for him to prove to ourselves that we're not racists.
Let's not kid ourselves: Obama's candidacy is strictly about his skin color. If Americans were truly ready to move beyond race, they'd take a look at Obama The Candidate rather than Obama The Friendly Black Guy.
And here's what they'd see:
Obama is a candidate whose empty bombast could float a fleet of hot air balloons. "We are more than a collection of Red States and Blue States," Obama spouted on Super Tuesday during his victory speech. "We are, and always will be, the United States of America." This prompted my 14-year-old sister to exclaim, facetiously, "So that's why they call it the United States." Obama is a modern day Warren G. Harding, of whom William McAdoo once said, "His speeches leave the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a struggling thought and bear it triumphantly a prisoner in their midst until it died of servitude and overwork." The only difference between Harding and Obama is that Obama's speeches never actually capture a struggling thought -- and if they did, they'd have to waterboard it for information. Obama's speechmaking isn't deep. It is profundity for dunces.
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