February 4, 2008

I believe that Barack Obama is a splendid candidate and would make a great President. If he is nominated, I shall vote for him.

However, I am fearful of an Obama nomination. I believe that the Republicans juggernaut would chew him up.

More important, I am very fearful that many white Americans, while they would never say so publicly, when in the privacy of their voting booth, could never bring themselves to vote for an African-American President. I say this in sorrow, but I firmly believe that, while we Americans have come a long way in racial relationships, we are not quite there yet.

After nearly eight years of the worst President in our history, I tremble at the thought of electing another Republican. Consequently, I hesitate to nominate a black Democratic candidate. I may be wrong, but I feel that it is a major risk. True, while there may be many who, while in the polling booth, would also hesitate to vote for a woman President, I believe the number of those would be more limited.

Consequently, I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary and for Obama should he get the nomination.

What about a Clinton-Obama ticket? The Vice-Presidential spot is an ideal place for the first serious African-American candidate to start. Perhaps a Clinton-Obama ticket is too much CHANGE for our electorates, but it is an intriguing idea.

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