Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Posted by Alan Childress
Blog post, updating regularly, here on how registration lists in Cambridge were incomplete and many voters were forced to vote "provisionally." I already thought Cambridge was the heart of communism so this may be some indication of that. Jeff reports that he and Alene voted without a hitch but the woman in front of them was unhappily redirected to the provisional pile.
In Louisiana, I received a text message last night on my cell phone telling me that due to long lines expected today, obama voters must wait till Wednesday to vote.
And seeing CNN right now, they just cannot get their heads around race (or past it). They are interviewing black person after black person about voting for Obama. It is as if a white person could not identify with him or see the historical moment. The white voters are certainly not being interviewed about how they "feel" about this. (It reminds me that during the convention the TV cameras always caught black delegates' reactions and ignored white ones, whenever black speakers spoke, as if Obama was the candidate for one demographic of the party. Was it Chris Rock who said the cameras do that during Oscar telecasts?) I honestly believe that most Americans, Democrat or Republican, are fairer and more mature about race than many in the media are, if only because keeping the racial-divide story going is such good entertainment for ratings purposes. Why ask a white person (or a black one, for that matter) if they prefer Obama's tax policy or McCain's stance on Iraq? Not a real story in their eyes. Too boring. Really it is appalling that many in the media just cannot see a vote for either McCain or Obama as about anything other than race. I had hoped we'd gotten past that in the primaries, but apparently not. Maybe someday, and maybe starting tomorrow.