Ohio Town’s Dem’s See Hope Differently: A Racial And Economic Divide?

The Washington Post has done a masterful article on a rust belt Ohio town struggling with racial divide and economic disaster. How do those components of a common reality in the USA impact their presidential decision making?

Talking about white Bo Huenke instigating arguments with his co-workers to make the day go faster on a Lima, Ohio Honda Motors assembly:

But, every now and then, Huenke makes the rare political assessment that most people here seem to agree on. “Obama, doesn’t he sound a little naive?” asked Huenke, 52. “He stands up there, so optimistic, preaching about hope and change. It sounds great and everything, but come on. He doesn’t quite get it.”

Later in the article the reporter asks:

Can grandiose visions of hope and change resonate in places where change — in this case economic change — has brought housing foreclosures and economic ruin, where hope means avoiding another round of layoffs?

 Can a candidate whose support has been based on African Americans and upper-middle-class whites transcend class and race in places where racial tension still colors everything?

Barrack Obama certainly has his supporters ” like Josiah Mathews, 25, a black man who believes Obama can help bring peace and prosperity to his home town.” Mathews is formidable organizer according to the article. He’s working 24/7. Read the article to read his story if for no other reason. (I hope Barrack Obama calls Mr. Mathews. He’s certainly deserving.)

The reality of economic and racial divide is repeated time after time across this country. Can Barrack Obama reach over that divide on both sides of the aisle and first win the nomination and second the White House? This article is certainly worth reading for both sides of the debate.

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5 Responses to Ohio Town’s Dem’s See Hope Differently: A Racial And Economic Divide?

  1. bjerryberg says:

    Comment deleted by moderator, unsupported accusation which has been repeatedly left on other threads and refuted.

  2. bjerryberg says:

    Obama is the weakest Dem available. I am from Chicago.

    Sen. Barry Obama’s campaign is programed to lose.

    The Chicago baggage is way too much to win a national election.

  3. bjerryberg says:

    I am a lifelong FDR-JFK Democrat. I have never voted for a GOP presidential candidate. And I probably never will.

    A googling of the names Rezko, Giannoulis and Farrakhan in connection with Sen Obama would embarrass us all.

    Please do not nominate this nominally Democratic stalking horse for billionaire NYC mayor Mussolini Mike Bloomberg.

    Sen. Barry Obama is a marketing gimmick not a president.

  4. The talking heads said yesterday that Sen. Clinton can still go all of the way if she wins big in each of Texas, Ohio, and Penn. I don’t really see how she pulls it out if she does not have a great day tomorrow. I confess to being only an observer but losing big tomorrow would seem to put her in a deeper political hole than I can ever remember seeing anyone climb out of.

  5. alrudder says:

    I found this article intriguing. The LA Times comes back today with an article on how Obama is focusing on Texas Latinos and Ohio blue-collar whites, particularly young people.
    Remember this, Obama hasn’t yet campaigned hard in a Rust Belt state, so the key statistic from Wisconsin tomorrow will be his performance with blue-collar whites. If he gets over 40%, Hillary’s goose is cooked, since he could appeal in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
    We’ll learn a lot from tomorrow night’s exit polls.