Frankly..I would rather have no woman in the race for the White House, then a token woman. Thats all Palin ever was, the Token woman to help try and secure the female voters. Number One, thats a slap in the face to voters to think we are that stupid. Number two, It does no good for a woman to make it to the White House if that woman is clearly not the right person for the job. She will screw up and then people will fall into "Ah, last time we voted a woman in look what happened!" even if they are too politically correct to say it out loud.
with a 8 point lead in october, Obama has pretty much cinched the white house. The only president to ever come back from such a deficit this close to election time was Ronald Reagan, and lets face it, McCain is no Reagan.
That all being said, I am always surprised that people can be shocked by 'dirty campaigning'. It happens in every election, one opponent attacks the other's credibility with not Un-truths exactly, but exxaggerated truths, or half truths. So the fact that apparently somewhere someone is touting he is arabic or Islamic.
The fact of the matter is, I haven't seen any major campaign ad stating he was Arabic, Islamic, or Hussein-sympathizer. Not since he first made it to the senate, and there was some rumor/buzz that he was going to take his oath on the Quran instead of the Bible. Haven't heard a peep about his faith/nationality in this Presidential Race, but granted I haven't followed this one as close as I have others.
Yes, after 9/11 all islamic and all arabic or even arabic-looking people have unfortunately suffered due to fear. That has actually declined a lot in recent years, but OverLord is right, if this election had been 4-7 years ago, Obama would have had mobs after him. Its a kneejerk reaction when 3000+ people are killed...is the same reason the United States rounded up any Japanese-American citizen with more then I think something like 1/8th Japanese in them to put them in camps right after Pearl Harbor.
Is it Right? No. Is it horrible hate fueled bigotry? No. Its fear, and we got over that fear -once again not condoning it, just explaining the difference between being Racist Bigot and being shell shocked and scared out of your mind- I am fairly certain we have gotten over the fear enough to where only the most die-hard bigot has held onto 9/11 as an excuse -at this late date thats all it is, an excuse now.- to keep their hatred, and legitimate citizens are going back to pre-9/11 dispositions towards islamic/arabic people. To paint a picture, 9/12/01 found people screaming about going to the middle east and just bombing the heck out of everyone. Today, that screaming is no longer happening, instead people are screaming for our withdrawal from the Middle East...if that helps to show what I am talking about.
Politics is a dirty business, and Obama himself is not innocent of using slandering...hence the democratic nomination race between him and Clinton was nothing but mud slinging.
Not keen on Obama OR McCain, but for me Obama is the lesser of the two evils. But you should keep in mind Inerrant, those who are spouting about him being Islamic, are probably the handful of conservative Christians who believe same-sex marriages are a threat to "traditional" marriages, so they probably view an Islamic President as a threat to "religion".
And i just have to say this as well, those who are crying out how islamic (even though he isn't) candidate is just horrible, because Islam must support terrorism (it doesn't), are really doing the same thing that Athiest do to all christians (assume they are all loud mouth bigots who are too stupid to tell a difference between their ass and a hole in the ground) by judging the whole faith by the loudest few. SO I don't want to hear these same Christians who are spouting rhetoric about islam start whining about being pigeon-holed in the same category as everyone of their faith...