‘Rednecks’ For Obama !!!

So, it’s apparent that Obama seems to be making gains with groups that were a little reluctant to embrace him at first (white working-class, seniors, Jewish, etc.) and he is on target to garner the highest percentage of the ‘white vote’ of any Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Quite amazing if you think about it!  After some anecdotal evidence, I think there’s one group that has been overlooked so far and should be included in his ever expanding base.

While driving through a ‘redneckish’ part of town, I looked at a homemade sign in somebody’s yard, right next to a pickup truck and instantly laughed out loud.  The sign?  ‘Rednecks For Obama.’  Naturally, it was homemade, because I don’t think there are pre-printed versions (like ‘Women For Obama’ or ‘Veterans For Obama’  🙂 ).  It seems to me that some members of the self-described ‘Rednecks’ just recently warmed up to Obama.  If the prospect of losing your job/health care/house tops racism in this election, I think we’ve already made a small step in the right direction.   🙂 

This little incident was compounded by a field report from two Obama volunteers I read about a few days ago.  When knocking on doors in the rural western part of Pennsylvania, they ran into this situation:  White older woman opens the door and after giving her some info about Obama, they asked her whether she already knew who she was voting for.  She turned around and yelled at her husband in the next room ‘Hey, who we gonna vote for?’  ‘We’re voting for the N***er!’  And she turned around, facing the two volunteers and repeated as cool as can be ‘You heard it, we’re voting for the N***er!’

Now, when I first read the story, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry about this (I guess a little of both  🙂 ).  It definitely made me go ‘Huh?’  But, as I said, we might take a few baby steps in the right direction with some people in this election and that might just be a foundation we can build on.

Of course, then there’s this:

3 Comments »

  1. cjw666 said

    I wonder if Americans are not voting for a particular candidate, but AGAINST the one they hate or fear the most? When you have a two horse race that means you simply vote for one against the other.

  2. Hi Christopher,

    I think that has been mostly true for the past few elections. This time however, I believe the vast majority of Obama supporters will actually vote for him and not for the lesser of two bad options. If you look at the enthusiastic support most Obama supporters show and the crowds he attracts (just this past weekend more than 100,000 in Denver, CO), you realize that this election is different. 🙂

    Andrea

  3. Hey y’all- Rednecks for Obama! The people of the world are holding their collective breath hoping Americans make the correct Obama presidental choice on Nov. 4th. Mr. Obama will unite and restore the respect and honor this nation deserves in the eyes of the world. God Bless America!
    http://www.rednecks4obama.com

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