December 18, 2007
But they are being thought anyway, and I don't like reading that this kind of paranoid thinking is alleged to be taking hold among black Americans:
Online and in the streets Black folk are saying they won't vote for the senator because of fears of assassination attempts. The senator's wife, an incredibly bright and engaging woman, has told national publications she and her husband have discussed every aspect of what a successful candidacy means. Undoubtedly, the fatalistic notion of an assassination has been part of the couple's discussion.I completely agree that such thinking should be shed, and I don't know who is fueling it or why.
I'll be blunt here.
Short of a devastating enemy attack, I can think of no worse tragedy for the country than for Obama to be assassinated.
Rick Moran wrote about this last February:
how does this affect the Presidential campaign? First and foremost, it places a responsibility on candidates, their staffs, and their supporters to be circumspect in their criticisms of Obama. You can lay into a candidate without inviting the public to hate them. One can even personalize their criticism without it degenerating into the kind of mindless hate that is so often directed at Bush. And this challenge will be monitored by a more sensitive press who will probably come down harder and quicker on transgressors.And there are also plenty of dangerous whack jobs floating around.
Similar fears were expressed at Wonkette:
Like an RFK or MLK who doesn't stand for anything beyond "audacity," Obama has apparently upset the Powers That Be who want a Walnuts/Hillary race in 2008. Be careful, Barry.Daily Kos echoed the same concern in October:
There are plenty of reasons for voting for or against anyone. But this is not one of them.I agree with that too, although the poll they ran asks what is in my view a premature question:
Gut check. If Obama were president, how concerned would you be of assassination?I think it should be more along these lines:
Gut check. If Obama wins the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, how concerned would you be of assassination?But then, I guess I'm more paranoid than Daily Kos.
I know I'm a worry wart, but I'm curious about how the readers here feel, so I reworked the Kos poll:
posted by Eric on 12.18.07 at 08:56 AM
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