The other night, the 2008 presidential election came up. We were making assumptions as to who might run and who they might run against. Both Tobyjoe and I feel that Mark Warner, the former Governor of Virginia, stands a pretty good chance at becoming the next Democratic nominee. At some point, Tobyjoe suggested that the Republicans might nominate Condoleeza Rice as their candidate.
Somehow, this turned into a discussion about who would win if Condoleeza Rice AND Hilary Clinton ran against one another. I am absolutely certain that Condoleeza Rice doesn’t stand a chance at winning the presidential election. I’m not saying she’s not perfectly able. And even as I step away from her political platform and beliefs, I have very little faith in the American public to think that the nation is ready to vote for a woman, and even more specifically, a black woman.
When pressed into answering if I thought Hilary would take her, I had to go with an unknown, third party. I know that Americans in general can’t stand Hilary Clinton, so my guess is that while she wouldn’t win this imaginary election either, but I still can’t see people voting for Condoleeza Rice.
Am I being unfair? Is the American Public open-minded enough to elect a black woman as their president? Because I’m not convinced. While some liberals might cast a vote for her on principal alone, (ie., employing the, “I know she’s republican, but she’s African American and she’s a woman. I am going to vote for this black republican woman because it’s the right thing to do.”) I find it hard to believe that the conservative south will vote for a black woman. And everyone knows if you can’t win over the south, you can’t win period. I don’t care how republican and smart and conservative and able she is. The American bigots haven’t grown up enough, yet.
Recently, Bill Lester became the first ever black NASCAR driver. Fans have raised an eyebrow or two over this. Some fans are flat-out unhappy about his success. If American NASCAR lovers aren’t ready to accpet a black racecar driver, do you really think they’re reading to elect a black AND female president?
Then again, (and here is where I talk out of the others side of my mouth) Lester states:
I’m a race-car driver who happens to be black, not a black race-car driver. I’m not here trying to wave the flag for diversity.
Lester has been surrounded by our media, it’s like they’re trying to flaunt the fact that a black man has been accepted into NASCAR. Why is this?
Maybe, Condoleeza stands a chance after all.