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2/18/08 Allentown Morning Call

 

Here's a debate that Democrats have been having quietly among themselves, or trying to avoid, until last week: Who is the nation more prepared to elect as president, a woman or an African American?

While voters in the "Potomac primaries" were moving Sen. Barack Obama ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton in the delegate race for the Democratic nomination, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell made that debate very public. In a meeting with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board, Gov. Rendell said he doesn't think some Pennsylvania voters -- "conservative whites" -- are ready to vote for an African American to become president.

The Governor's comments raised howls of indignation that he was injecting race into the contest for his party's presidential nomination. That's an understandable interpretation, since Mr. Rendell announced his support for Sen. Clinton at the end of January. Was the Governor just trying to bolster his preferred candidate?

Or, as is probably more likely, the politically astute Governor was commenting on some ugly, but real, political realities. Racism and sexism are deciding factors for some voters. Gov. Rendell said that his landslide victory in 2006 over Republican Lynn Swann, the first black gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania history, would have been 5 percent tighter if Mr. Swann were white. Actually, nobody really knows what percentage of voters let race sway their ballots. There's something called the "Bradley effect" in polling. Voters are unlikely to admit to pollsters that they cast votes based on race.

While Gov. Rendell's comments might not have been "politically correct," there literally were that in another sense of the word. It was another astute Democrat, James Carville, who described Pennsylvania as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.

Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Philadelphia, one of the state's most prominent black politicians, said of Gov. Rendell's comments, "It's true." Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D- Delaware County, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, said, "Sometimes, the truth hurts." State Democratic Party Chairman T.J. Rooney, a former Bethlehem state representative, said the Governor just gave "a straighforward and honest answer." We think that's right.

What got missed in Gov. Rendell's comments was his observation that Sen. Obama can "bring new voters into the electoral pool." That, more than racism, could be a deciding factor. In the Virginia primary, in fact, Sen. Obama had significant support among white males and he is attracting young voters. Sen. Clinton leads him in Pennsylvania polls 52 percent to 36 percent, but that could change before Pennsylvania's April 22 primary.

Neither race nor gender should matter in elections. Changing this ugly reality depends on voters of good conscience going to the polls. And, the Democrats are giving them the chance to put old biases in the past.

 

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