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Not Quite Politically Correct

By Kimberly

In a time when we should be zooming around in jet packs and wearing shiny clothing, we sure are seeing every kind of “–ism” rear its ugly head in 2008. After Kerry’s loss in 2004, nearly all Dems shook their fists in ire and vowed that next time around we would put up someone electable, unlike Kerry who was pegged as the Starbucks-drinking, windsurfing, French-speaking, New England liberal elite.

But only four years later, both the Dems and Republicans have an unprecedented line up of alternative nominees: a woman, an African-American man and a senior citizen. Frankly, I am excited about these options because it shows progression in the American mindset of who should lead our country. I remember people citing voting for Bush because they’d like to have a beer with him, but time has shown that people realized you should never put your drinking buddy, wing-man into office, he’ll just run up your tab and pick some fights.

In Clinton’s case, she’s been under fire for getting “vechlempt” and for not graciously bowing out like a good girl should. From what I’ve seen, however, the sexist remarks haven’t been directed at her, but rather at those who haven’t supported her like Sen. Ted Kennedy. Also, Obama himself has been labeled as sexist recently when he brushed off a young woman’s question while calling her “sweetie,” see below, (an admitted bad habit of his). Ummm ... is anyone else concerned about this habit?

(continued) Obama has faced race challenges from the get go, but the most alarming development is the recent news reports on explicit racism in states like West Virginia, where people say they are “scared” of Obama because he is black.

McCain’s is an interesting predicament, because the public seems to be a bit more lax on ageism. McCain himself has capitalized on the trend by appearing on SNL on Saturday, saying "I ask you, what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old." Though I appreciate this overture of self-abasing humor, it didn’t quite work because he came across as well ... old.

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