Jacob Weisberg: The Only Reason Obama Will Lose is Racism

Jacob Weisberg has a post at Slate in which he publishes a preemptive strike should Barack Obama lose:

If it makes you feel better, you can rationalize Obama’s missing 10-point lead on the basis of Clintonite sulkiness, his slowness in responding to attacks, or the concern that Obama may be too handsome, brilliant, and cool to be elected. But let’s be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn’t ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.

So older white voters’ racism is the only reason why Barack Obama could lose. Really? There are a lot of reasons why older white voters are reluctant to vote for Barack Obama. These are only a few:

Maybe it’s because older white voters remember the depression and how it caused many, many Americans to lose everything they had, forcing some to roam the country like nomads looking for work, so they’re reluctant to make a man who is inexperienced managing a budget and setting economic policy, and who wants to institute an economic nightmare called socialized medicine president of the United States.

Maybe it’s because they remember the cold war with the Soviet Union and how Nikita Khrushchev threatened to bury us and who insisted our children would grow up speaking Russian, so when they see Obama react with nonchalance and even go so far to blame the US when Russia’s tanks rolled into sovereign Georgia, they are reluctant to put him in charge of America’s foreign policy.

Maybe it’s because they remember clearly how Jimmy Carter destroyed America’s strength and respect in the world because of his pacifism and weakness in the face of aggression, so they’re reluctant to make a man who wants to surrender in Iraq when it’s clear we’ve already won commander in chief of our armed forces.

Maybe it’s because they remember the human rights tragedy of the Tienanmen Square Massacre when the communist Chinese government killed and injured their own citizens in an effort to squash political descent, so when Barack Obama praised China’s infrastructure and said it’s significantly better than America’s, they’re reluctant make Barack Obama president of the United States.

According to Jacob Weisberg, it couldn’t be any of these reasons. No, it can be only racism.

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