Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A White Man, A Black Man and a Woman Walk Into a Bar...
Jami Floyd
In Session Anchor/360 Contributor


Sounds like the start of a stand up comedy routine. But it's no joke. Because this is our country we're talking about; and the three front runners for the Democratic party nomination really are an African American, a woman and a white "son of the south."

As a black woman, I find it quite amazing that, in a year when many thought the big news would be Hillary's very real chance to become the first female president, Barack has entered the scene to give her a run for her money and for a place in history.


Of course, both candidates do not want you to vote on the basis of race or gender. But there's that third fella -- the one who stands to benefit from all the recent bickering between the front runners: John Edwards.

While the other two square off over "fairy tales" and the relative legacies of Dr. King and Lyndon Johnson, Edwards looks smart -- and substantive. Only a fool would count him out.

How ironic that, after all the excitement about a woman in the White House, or an African American, race and gender politics could make it easier for Edwards to position himself as the democrat's best chance to win back the White House.


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Posted By CNN: 5:54 PM ET
  11 Comments
Jami,
Even with all of the bickering back and forth I still don't think that Hillary or Obama have anything to worry about. They have big enough of a base that the few people that leave won't effect the outcome of them getting nominated to run as the Dem for president. Edwards in my opinion really doesn't have a shot.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 6:03 PM ET
In my opinion, any of these three Democrats would make a better President than our current President.

However, Clinton is such a polarizing figure, if she is the Democratic nominee, her presence in the race will galvanize into action an otherwise dispirited Republican voter base.

Right now, I'm leaning towards Obama but I agree with you, Edwards is not out of the race yet. Super Tuesaday should give us some idea about who is leading the race.
Posted By Anonymous Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 6:28 PM ET
Jamie,

I remember an interview someone did with John Edwards where he said he was in it for the long run and was trying to get respectable showings so when one or the other or both of the 2 top candidates made a mistake he could "step up to the plate" and replace them as the frontrunner.

I don't know about you but from where I'm sitting it looks like his opponents are playing right into his hands.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 6:59 PM ET
Why can't these candidates challenge each other on their experience instead of attacking each other ? Do we need an NFL referee to whip these people into shape?
Posted By Anonymous Cary , Lowell, IN. : 7:12 PM ET
We have ten more months to go and the politicians have already had to go deep into their dirty tricks playbook. How much worse can the mid-slinging get?!
Posted By Anonymous Diane, Providence, R.I. : 7:29 PM ET
Jami

You stole my joke. I think it ends with the third guy saying, "Hey, but at least I get free beer!"


Robert
Jakarta
Posted By Anonymous Robert - Jakarta : 7:41 PM ET
Jami,

This is definitely an inflection point in history... like you said, who would have thought that the first substantive female candidate for president of the US would be equalled by the first substantive African-American for president?

This is truly the shot heard 'round the world. Although much is made of the "nastiness" in their respective campaigns, they have been relatively tame. Hey, there aren't any white-collar, white males banging on plexiglass windows demanding a stop to the process (i.e. Florida, 2000) so this is looking good.

Edwards "looks" smart but his Achilles' heel is his "used-car-salesman" persona. Kinda hard to shake.

It is really too bad that the press has been tweaking this election into a brewing racial/gender divide. The campaigns have not been stewing race or gender so where is this coming from? It's distracting, ill-serving, and, if it continues, will roll back the racial-divide clock. We don't need it.

To question another candidate's credentials or devotion to job is merely politics... not a slant on race or gender. If this were two white guys duking it out over "who's more qualified" no one would care. It seems that when these two do the same, we are led to believe that the attack must have something to do with Barack's ethnicity... must have something to do with Hillary's gender... give us a break. Can't we pretend these are just a couple of candidates for a while?


Robert
Jakarta
Posted By Anonymous Robert - Jakarta : 7:58 PM ET
The press isn't spinning anything people aren't thinking. It's hard to believe that anyone can watch Obama and Hillary in a debate and not think about the fact that she is a woman or he is black. It's a big deal, and people realize that it's not about race or gender but it is still right there in the forefront of viewers minds. I personally believe Obama will be elected, not because he is the smartest, or the best fit for the job, but because his presence is stronger than that of Edwards or Hillary. It's pretty awesome that we have such a great 3 candidates to choose from. As long as our system isn't so corrupt that another republican gets put in office, America is looking up.
Posted By Anonymous Sarah from Bend, Oregon : 12:51 AM ET
Jami,

The bickering back and forth between Obama and Clinton in the debate the other day, was viewed by over 5 million people polls show.

It's ashame that when America finally has an African-American, and a woman candidate in the race, they have to result in mudslinging.

John Edwards in my eyes tried to keep the debate civil, and on the issues that we face. But until Obama and Clinton, see their voters leaving their camps to go over to Edwards the bickering will continue.

We're in a recession, millions of Americans have lost their homes to foreclosure, and jobs are leaving our country at an alarming rate. When will these candidates get down to the issues that are affecting the people of the United States?

I believe that the media has an enormous amount to do with keeping this bickering alive. If only they would take a survey asking voters, "With all the bickering between Obama and Clinton, would that sway your vote towards Edwards?"

If the media does this, I'm sure that they (Obama & Clinton) would get back down to the issues, pretty damn quick.

Submitted by: Craig A. Davis Sr.
Detroit, MI
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 4:54 AM ET
Its unfortunate that some african american women have so little trust in african american men that it would cause them great discomfort to vote for Obama over Hillary. I pray that they trust in their sons a little more.

David G.
Chicago, IL
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 11:16 AM ET
Its funny how the world follows America but when it comes down to issues such as elections the world gasps at how simple-minded Americans gernerally are. It really doesnt matter whether a guy could be the first black President of the United States or a woman the first female President. It should matter most what new ideals they bring to the National and global table and how able they would be to unite the party, the country and reverse the"strong-arm" perception that the wider world has of America.
Daren, Trinidad W.I
Posted By Anonymous darie : 10:32 PM ET
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