For as long as I’ve been following politics (and I proudly wore my McGovern ’72 button in the second grade), I have seen the Democrats as the party of inclusion, the Republicans as the party of exclusion. The GOP has progressed in some ways (witness: the female veep nomination) albeit with a great deal of kicking and screaming along the way. In other ways they are more exclusionary than ever (witness: the Republican party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Christian right). The McCain campaign has deepened the exclusionary ethos of the party with its not-particularly-veiled racist rhetoric.
That’s why this news report is a perfect metaphor for this election.
Obama: “Candy for everyone!”
McCain: “Ech, get off my porch you little hooligans! I only give candy to Real **cough**white**cough**Americans!”
Longtime readers know I’ve never been impressed by Obama’s charm. I have no expectations of greatness. But I do expect and believe that Obama will do his utmost to serve ALL Americans, not just the ones deemed “real” by some metric that has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with exclusion.