Our dear friend and reader Tracy E. Williams asked in a letter to the editor Tuesday whether the nation is ready for a black or woman at the top of a presidential ticket.
The question, unintentionally we believe, presupposes that if you are against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, you must be a bigot unwilling to vote for a woman or a black.
We beg to differ with that premise. There are many people who simply don't agree with either candidate's politics.
Further, we submit that their very candidacy is proof that the country is, indeed, ready for a black or a woman president, because one of the two will be a major party nominee this fall. In other words, Democratic voters who agree with their politics have not let their race and gender get in the way.
But just because one doesn't support those two candidates does not mean one is averse to diversity. With all due respect to our friend Mr. Williams, it's offensive to even suggest it. You can't make one or two candidates a litmus test on race, and in the process totally divorce them from their political positions.
Especially these two. Hillary Clinton is one of the most unpopular people in this country, and has a documented socialist bent going back to her college days. Barack Obama, while exciting and charismatic, is largely untested and inexperienced, and is verifiably one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate -- rated as the most liberal in 2007, putting him to the left of even Ted Kennedy.
Isn't it just remotely possible that a vote against either one of them is not a repudiation of their race or gender, but of their politics?