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Democrats are nervous. I mean real nervous. And it's not hard to understand why. They watched the White House go to George W. Bush in 2000 in the most contested election in modern U.S. history. They watched him hang on to the Oval Office in 2004. And they are wigged out that somehow, in some way, Obama will get tripped up on the road to victory.

But with African Americans, myself included, the anxiety runs so deep as to be almost innate. I couldn't put my finger on it until a conversation with my friend Erana over pancakes and eggs in New York on Saturday. We dubbed it "black angst."

We've all watched it happen: Someone black plays by the rules, does everything right, looks swell on paper, and even better in person, and yet still doesn't get the coveted school placement, the plum job or the house in the choice neighborhood.

Yes, Obama went to the coveted school (Harvard). He got a plum job (U.S. senator). And he got the house in the choice neighborhood (Hyde Park, Chicago). All thanks to the sacrifices of heroes known and unknown who helped the nation stay true to its ideals. He has also run a nimble and near-flawless campaign. He's ahead in every national poll and statistically tied with or ahead of John McCain in states that President Bush carried in 2004. And he's raised more money than any presidential candidate ever, which has made it possible for him to be competitve in those red states. Yet I still can't allow myself to think for one minute that "they" (the infamous, faceless "they") will let Obama, Michelle and the girls move easily into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January.

Erana agreed with my explanation of black angst. But because she's in her 50's, her anxiety is rooted in something even more painful. "My hopes have always been dashed," she began. "That's why I'm afraid. That's why I have this angst."

"We lost a lot of people who represented equal opportunity and what this country stands for," she said, listing John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. "Every time we have someone we believe in or who moves us forward something happens to them. All of these men touched blacks and whites. They all pushed us to look past our race. Every time we got close to living those aspirations they were taken away."

Tomorrow night, after the longest and costliest presidential election in history, "black angst" may give way to national jubilation, if a significant barrier comes tumbling down. Maybe then Erana's hopes -- and those of people of all races searching for a way forward -- will finally be fulfilled.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 3, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
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Mr. Capehart,

You forgot to mention that Obama has ZERO executive experience.
The "community" (communist) prganizing gig has no results to speak of. If you want to talk about "black angst", let's talk about a guy whom has an: destitute uncle and aunt (an illeal alien getting welfare and donating to a US politician-in clear violation of U.S. criminal code); and a cousin living in a slum in Kenya. How exactly is Mr. Obama taking care of 300M people when he cannot even take care of his immediate family; "I am my brother's keeper". "Words matter" R I G H T!

How is it that legal and illegal Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexicans, etc come to this country by the millions, and make it big, going to school, establishing their own gardening and construction businesses, i.e., living the American dream, and all without Affirmative Action and other crutches that serve only to perpetuate your "black angst." Let me fill you in: it is because they do not sit around feeling sorry for themselves and waiting for whitey to make it all right, pay reparations, and level the playing field. No, instead they come to this country, work their tails off, and save money, and BECOME successful. They only ask that the bureaucrats stay out of their way and off their pockets, i.e., not to steal their hard-earned money to hand it out to a lazy and self-loathing peoples (if the suit fits, then wear it).

Posted by: akira_matagi2 | November 3, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

akira_matagi's comments are the stupidest thing I've heard. If you think 36 million people all fit the same characteristics in your post, you obviously don't know African Americans.

Take some time and befriend a few -- if it's in your capacity to do so. You'll find the picture is far more different than you sadly (and incorrectly) attempt to portray.

What Jonathan Capehart is trying to describe is the loss of faith in this country that happens when African Americans do all the right things. According to the myth of success, you do these things, and things are supposed to happen. But for some reason, something goes awry, or the path to success is always questionable. And when you reach a level of success, you find yourself wondering whether you could have gone further, faster, higher if there wasn't always someone or something outside yourself doubting your ability.

If you have the temerity to befriend a few black folks, you'll find that many have hopes and aspirations just like yourself. And in the process, you'll find out that you've been believing a lie for so long.

That is, if you have the courage to think critically and think for yourself. I doubt you do, but I may be wrong.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | November 3, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

@Akira

Shutup.

Posted by: mirage2008 | November 3, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Excellent point sir, regarding the fear in the African American community regarding stolen elections. Elections were stolen from African American and Pro-African American candidates many times in the past, so this fear is entirely understandable.

However, fear, being an emotion, it is not subject to reason and amoral politicians can easily use it to manipulate the electorate. For example, many African Americans continue to believe that George Bush stole one or both of his elections. It's not true and that has been proven several times. But no matter. If people are precondidtioned to accept a certain explanation, politicians know that if they espouse that explanation - no matter how baseless - at least some people will believe them. That's what fear-mongering is all about, you don't need a rational explanation or even any evidence, just tell people their fears are justified and that you have the answer. The people will follow.

One of the positive effects of Barak Obama achaiving the power he has sought all his life is that it will weaken the hold of these amoral fear-mongers over the African American community. When they make their false claims of oppression and vote-suppression, more and more African Americans will have the emotional distance to be able to step back and critically examine the evidence. And if they do that, they will see some of the lies they have been fed to control them all their lives.

Posted by: ZZim | November 3, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capeheart's comments might have merit if they were true. But Obama has hardly done everything right. Yes, he went to Harvard, lives in an exclusive neighborhood and has begun a political career. But these things don't qualify him for the presidency.

He has run his campaign based on factors other than experience. His character, his vision and his judgment. His judgment was forever impugned when he chose the rabid Jeremiah Wright as his spiritual advisor and cozied up to numerous other radicals throughout his journey. His vision of a new kind of politics couldn't even survive the campaign in which corrupt and improper caucasing bought him the nomination and his decision to abrogate his promise to accept public financing illustrated the weakness of his convictions. Without strength of conviction, there simply is no strength of character.

Perhaps you'd have less angst if you stopped dividing your perception of the world by color.

Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far. If he does win, when your jubiliation gives way to disappointment, I hope you'll come back and admit how you were unable to look past Barak Obama's skin color to his underlying lack of qualification and ability.

Posted by: nlynnc | November 3, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I am a white, 78 year old woman, living in Kentucky....and I have been for Obama from day 1. His being black means absolutely nothing to me, except that I am proud to be electing him, and I believe it will make the US look so good around the world!
I am so angry that some Republican entity is again airing Rev. Wright at this time. They never give up, do they? I do not think it will make any difference at this late date. I believe it was Bill Mahr who made a remark the other night that I will never forget. He said Obama attended the United Church of Christ for 20 years and is called a Muslim; McCain attended no church for 20 years and is called a Christian. Only in politics can this stupidity be found.

Posted by: beccajo | November 3, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Why does it have to be "black" democrats?

Talk about unity.....puhleeze.


Posted by: blevins20061 | November 3, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

This spate of these types of articles is pretty frustrating. But actually, I very much appreciate the honesty in expressing these views. I kind of understand it, but the main message I take away from this is that the type of Black Angst discussed here was to be expected in the past, but is perhaps out of step with current realities. Maybe it's in need of revision, given the obvious changes in America, including the campaign of Barack Obama. There is a very small chance that Obama will not be elected President tomorrow, but even if that strange event were to happen, it would not really justify the type of Black Angst disguised here. Sometimes Democrats loose, and their supporters always smell a rat, even when the candidate is not half Black. Same with Republicans. Sometimes the people you support don't win. (Although, in this case I don't think we have too much to worry about).

Posted by: dwatson01 | November 3, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama is going to win don't worry about it. The sort of racial fear that you are expressing here will hopefully be over forever, i.e. african americans will realize that white america is not 'out to get them', and white america will realize that african americans are as competent and intelligent as they are.

Should be the brave new start of a productive partnership for the future. All of this old bad blood will be stripped away for good. It should have been dealt with before, but one has to see Obama winning as the end of the african american struggle for equality.

Posted by: DCDave11 | November 3, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

nlynnc:The last eight years, there has been no lawyer in the upper ranks of the elected Bush Administration. That has left the Constitution open to attack from Addington. Former administration officials, and other cabinets have all said the door to the Oval Office goes through Addington and Cheney. Dick's executive experience got the country the energy bill with subsidies for the oil giants, no-bid contracts with Halliburton and Blackwater, and an illegal torture/detainee program that the world and the Supreme Court have derided. Political appointments have resulted in non-college degree politicos over riding long time scientists reports on global warming and NASA.Before Gonzalez and Mukaskey, Ashcroft and a bunch of his appointed lawyers threatened to resign enmasse over Gitmo and domestic spying.
Besides his teaching Constitutional law for 12 years, Obama connects with people cause he knows what it's like to be discriminated against for no valid reason. Something all women, no matter what social class can relate to, minorities can relate to. But the average white guy, probably hasn't encountered very much discrimination in their lives.
Once upon a time, a little multi racial boy was tied to a post and had rocks thrown at his head and the N word written on him. That boy's father told him, "In your life you will never meet anyone mentally stronger than you". The little 6 year old? Tiger Woods. Perhaps the only person who is as strong mentally is Obama.
John McCain's horrific time in Hanoi was character building, perhaps all the more difficult to handle because of the priviledged life he had led til then. He probably never encountered any kind of discrimination before, probably didn't even realize that he might be racist/sexist because of his upbringing and how ignorant society was of the blatant racism. A product of his "times". But that time is long gone, and someone who had food stamps and student loans in their life has alot better idea of REAL america, and REAL problem solving than a legacy c student, wearing $500 shoes, and living in 7 houses. Where is John McCain's executive experience?

Posted by: katem1 | November 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm a white female, but I've got "black angst" too! I will not feel secure until all the votes are in and (hopefully) Obama is elected, uncontested.

I find it interesting that many of the comments here are, essentially, denying the effects of racism in this country. While I am horrified at the hate and fear we've seen expressed at McCain/Palin rallies (and pandered to by the campaign), I hope that this will operate as a wake-up call to liberal white voters who, up to now, have believed that racism is close to dead in this country. It is not, and it is WAY more prevalent than you think or hope. Let this motivate ALL of us to remain politically active after this campaign, and ensure that we do not cede our country to fear, racism, and hate.

Posted by: PQSully | November 3, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I understand the angst of "they' will not let Obama have the keys to the white house feeling.
It's very similar to democratic angst.
But, I have been a supporter of Sen Obama since the beginning and I am a 51 yr. old white middle class woman.
And my husband is voting Obama as well.
We never gave to a politician before and we have donated a small amount every month to Obama's campaign because we want him to win that much.
We would be more than happy to hand him the keys and hold the door open for the Obamas.
lol.
I just am hoping regardless of what happens tomorrow night that african americans realize that there are alot of white people out here who could care less about skin and saw the man. A brilliant, gifted man who has the aura and promise of being not a good, but, a great president.
I hope african americans who saw Iowa know there are many of us out here who want him to have those keys very much.

Posted by: vwcat | November 3, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

nlynnc:

You say, "I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

Then how do you explain George Bush?

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This article gives me the perfect opportunity to come clean. I have spent so much time preparing for an Obama loss that if he wins the presidency I will be at a loss for words. Even though I donated to the campaign and will call voters this afternoon after work. I still voted third party. with the mindset that the McCain/Palin ticket is so toxic that I had to vote against it and I couldn't take the emotional risk that comes with Obama. At the end of the day, this is all in God's hands so tommorrow I will attend church and go on with my life on Wednesday.

Posted by: goldenlady007 | November 3, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I was 15 in 1968 and so involved in the upcoming election and the exciting events happening all over the world. It was awful to me when Martin Luther King was murdered, but the election season was upon us and I was passionately for Robert Kennedy even if I couldn't voe yet. Then he was killed and it was like a someone punched me in the gut. What some had felt for John Kennedy, I felt for Robert. I too share the angst of many that Obama somehow won't win. I listened to some African American Obama supporters on TV the other day that are so ridden with anxiety about this election that they can't bring themselves to watch the results come in on Tuesday night -- they are going to wait until Wednesday morning to find out who won. I don't know if I can stop myself from watching how this unfolds in real time, but I tell you, I too am on pins and needles.

Posted by: creatia52 | November 3, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I will not vote for Obama, not because he is half-white and half-black (a mulatto) but because he: Consorts with William Ayers (a unrepentent bomb maker and anarchist); states that he wants to re-distribute wealth; would like carbon taxes to bankrupt the coal power industry; wants government to force society to change to Obama's views, with or without the courts. I am indeed disappointed in George Bush but will not vote in someone who is antithetical to my philosophical and political views. And this has nothing to do with race. (When has the Left acknowledged that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is black or conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is a woman?)

Posted by: MilesFinucci | November 3, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"I hope that this will operate as a wake-up call to liberal white voters who, up to now, have believed that racism is close to dead in this country. It is not, and it is WAY more prevalent than you think or hope."

PQSully,

I couldn't agree more. When I expressed my fear and anger over the ugliness and hate emerging at the McCain/Palin rallies, an African American friend of mine said almost the same thing.

Maybe now liberal white America will "get it" and work to more deeply understand and eradicate the racism that is there whether we can see it or not.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"And this has nothing to do with race."

MilesFinucci, you're lying.

When you make a point of labeling someone a "mulatto," you reveal how pervasive racism is in your life.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

[[(When has the Left acknowledged that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is black or conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is a woman?)
Posted by: MilesFinucci ]]
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I ackowledge that Thomas is black, I just don't agree with him on anything. It has nothing to do with that since he is black that he automatically can't be a conservative, or in his case an uber conservative.

Posted by: creatia52 | November 3, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

A vote for Obama and Democrats is a vote to abolish Free Trade. John Stuart Mill wrote that "Trade barriers are chiefly injurious to the countries imposing them."

Protectionist laws raise taxes (tariffs) on imported goods and/or impose limits (quotas)which means fewer jobs.

Protectionist laws cause prices to increase for food and goods made in other countries. Anti-trade laws start trade wars. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor because we refused to sell them gasoline. What will China do when we stop buying their goods?

Posted by: alance | November 3, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I agree it's not just "black angst." I'm white and I have the exact same angst.

I'm teetering on elation that he's so ahead in all the polls and cold fear that some weird thing will happen tomorrow and dash it all away.

And then, even if he does win, like your friend, I will worry every day that the Secret Service won't be enough and some wack job will do the unthinkable.

Posted by: NatsNut | November 3, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Even though I'm a black American, I can truly understand and appreciate the weariness liberal whites (and maybe some conservative ones too) feel at the whole race discussion (I won't call it an argument) and the desire to move pass it.

But please, just for once, try to imagine what it has been like for generations of blacks trying to move past the effects of over 200 years of slavery, followed by another 100 years of oppression thanks to our good buddy Jim Crow and others. 300 years. Three HUNDRED Years. 40 years is not enough time for all of those feelings to heal or to move past the results of centuries of institutionalized racism. There are still elder black Americans alive today who's parents were slaves. One day soon I hope this country has healed enough to come together as one but we just aren't there yet.

THAT'S why black angst is so real and prevalent today. But in the midst of all my angst, I have more hope and pride in America than I ever have, and like Michelle Obama, I have ALWAYS loved this country.

Posted by: koala70 | November 3, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I am certainly experiencing what you call black angst. As a young 24-year old, I never had to experience the things my parents or grandparents went through in reference to overt racism, prejudice and hate. However, I have experienced these vices in one way or another. It is going to be a long 24 hours. I have been with Obama since the beginning and I never really thought about him losing. It never crossed my mind.

But as we are so close, I can't help but think this may be another "so close, yet so far" moment. But that angst will not dictate my behavior. I will vote, and help get out the vote in whatever ways I can tomorrow. And on November 5th I will be too thrilled with the announcement of President-Elect Obama!

Posted by: DinahS | November 3, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't think racism is ever going to be completely eradicated in the human race anywhere on this planet. When this presidential race began, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't choosing a candidate based on his race. I started this race having a very favorable opinion of Obama and was willing to vote for him over some of the less favorable Republican candidates. Once I found out about the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, it presented a hurdle that I never got around. I could not look past this action and vote for him simply because he was Black. And though there are a lot of people who will never vote for Obama because of his race, there are just as many voting for him only because of his race. Blacks want to see one of their own make it to the White House and some Whites are eager to prove that they are not racist. I still think it's a mistake for the Black community (to which I belong) to have so much vested in this election emotionally. People have already told me that a defeat to them would mean America rejected his Blackness and that spells doom for the Black race as a whole. Whooaa!! Yes, there are some people who are rejecting him because of his skin color and heritage, but some are rejecting his inexperience and his platforms. In my eyes, an Obama defeat doesn't necessarily mean America rejected all Black people; it just means America rejected Barack Obama.

Posted by: forgetthis | November 3, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Actually, nlnnyc, there was a president with significantly less "qualifications" than Obama. Two years in the House of Representatives, many years in state legislature, but aside from that nothing. That was Abraham Lincoln.

You may find Reverend Wright appalling. I find him significantly less appalling than the white Evangelical right. Seems a lot of people are going my way these days.

Posted by: neisner | November 3, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart's acknowledgment of black angst (i do like the coinage) is enlightening. Though i haven't heard it mentioned as a motivating factor, i believe that this uncertainty and alienation has led in large part the unprecedented early voting, to get those votes in before they're declared ineligible.

The nameless, faceless "they" has had names and faces, even in recent history: Katherine Harris and Kenneth Blackwell, for example. The attempt to jigger the electorate by large-scale disenfranchisement is a rational basis for black angst, as the impact is felt disparately (to use Title VII jurisprudence) by blacks, though the reasoning my be facially neutral,* let alone the equal protection implications of Carolene Products footnote 4.

Our representative democracy is a secular religion that relies on the citizenry's faith in its institutions; when a large and distinct portion of those citizens loses that faith, instauration is in order.

*Regarding the possibility of voter fraud (which, unlike voter-registration fraud, does pollute the democratic process): An economic analysis is helpful, weighing the striking of unlawful voters against the disenfranchisement of legitimate voters. It surely can't be proper to strike nine good votes for every bad vote. What about parity--one good for one bad? Or should it be only one good for every nine bad? Any thoughts about the proper proportion?

Posted by: applestuff | November 3, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

It is offensive to suggest that if Obama does not win the election it will be because 'they' wouldn't let him.

OK, a black person does everything right and still doesn't get something s/he has worked mightily for. Do you think this ever happens to a white person? (Hint:YES!!)

Posted by: confused1 | November 3, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

What about WHITE angst? Contrary to what the despised DANGEROUS liberals think, there are a FEW OF US LEFT AND MAD AS H--- OVER THE MARXIST WANTING TO DISTRIBUTE WHAT I AND I ALONE SLAVED,SAVED AND SACRIFICED FOR, SOMETHING THE FREELOADERS WAITING FOR THEIR D--- HANDOUTS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, SO THE H-- WITH EARNING POWER I QUIT AND JOIN THE FREELOADERS!

Posted by: sumn | November 3, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

McCain says he has never lost faith in his country and has never felt alienated. Well, is it any wonder. His ggrandfather was a slave owner. He is white and comes from several generations of privilege. Why wouldn't he be happy with the way things have gone? He never has been on the outside.

Posted by: csintala79 | November 3, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

["And this has nothing to do with race."

MilesFinucci, you're lying.

When you make a point of labeling someone a "mulatto," you reveal how pervasive racism is in your life.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 10:52 AM ]

Well, kjohnson3, "mulatto" is indeed a real word (check it out in a dictionary.) But pray that you re-read what I said. It's Obama's stands on issues and his history that's important. If Obama was republican and conservative, I would vote for him over some pathetic white liberal apologist geek.

Posted by: MilesFinucci | November 3, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

To jcbcm68 NO NO NO YOU CREEPY MARXIST YOUR REMARKS ARE THE STUPIDEST OF ALL THE STUPID RHETORIC POSTED IN ALL PAPERS AND DON'T SPEND YOUR HANDOUT JUST YET FOR THE ONES ALREADY PAYING ALL THE D--- TAXES ARE, IF THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH TO GET TO THE TOP BRACKET ARE SURE AS H---SMART ENOUGH TO KEEP WHAT THEY EARNED EVEN IF IT MEANS,LEAVING THIS COMMUNIST COUNTRY.

Posted by: sumn | November 3, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

What if ...

Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?.....think about it.

Would the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit?

Ponder the following:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes? And was never given a command position.

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?

You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Educational Background:

Barack Obama:
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor20(J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

vs.

John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

Education isn't everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world. You make the call.

Posted by: grafiksman | November 3, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,
As a WASP who lived through and voted in the terrible year of 1968, I share your angst for the safety of Barack, Michelle and their family. I can still remember the hope that JFK, MLK and RFK generated and how that hope was cut off. Let us hope and pray that this time this great country can get it right.

Posted by: jnaway | November 3, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The polls cannot possibly be that far off. Mr. Obama will win. In my opinion, the fear among some whites and hispanics is that he will favor a socialist agenda. I truly believe that Mr. Obama has told the public what they want hear, not what they need to hear. Please note that if Obama's policies were exactly those of McCain and vice versa, I would then vote for Obama. Emotion has ruled this election, not logic. I sincerely hope that Obama is open minded enought to listen to economic experts, once he is in office. If so, he'll have to break some promises,implied or explicit.

Posted by: primegrop | November 3, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Just a quick question: Do all of you conservatives claiming Obama is a Marxist and/or a Communist feel that Bill Clinton was the same? Do you think the 1990's (when we eliminated the welfare state) were a Communist era in U.S. history? Just wondering, since all Obama is proposing is going back to the same tax code we had under Clinton

Posted by: maurban | November 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"I agree it's not just 'black angst.' I'm white and I have the exact same angst."

No, really, you don't.

I'm a middle-aged white female, liberal, socially conscious, and well-informed. I also have fears that victory will be snatched away by some sort of Republican dirty trick -- maybe voter fraud.

But I'd never say that I have the same angst as my African American friends because I can't begin to know what their lives have been like in our still-racist-but-it's-hidden-under-the-rug society. And it would be a put-down of them and what they've experienced for me to even suggest -- much less insist -- that I can.

I applaud white Americans who sympathize with "black angst" and are hoping that an Obama win might start the gradual process of quelling those fears and anxieties. But it's offensive for white Americans to say that they have the "exact same" feelings. There's no way that they can.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for this post, Mr. Capehart. I am surprised at how defensive it has made some of the people leaving comments. Given the legacy in this country, why is it surprising that people are anxious about a visionary's fate? That's exactly why so many of us are so afraid, not just of his getting into office, but for his safety.

We know Mr. Obama is among the ranks of the Greats in our country's history and we will be the ones to elect him. As supporters, we feel a sense of responsibility to protect the man who gives us hope and makes us believe--after being cynical for so long--in good again. In change. That Yes We Can. But we can't control anything, so we worry instead. The result? Angst.

But Obama has continued to forge a hopeful path. His community organizing skills are the exact ones that make him the candidate who raised the most campaign funding in history. Funds largely raised $25 at a time by ordinary citizens who believe his message.

So let's do Mr. Obama the honor of trusting him and following in his footsteps: choose hope. Abandon fear. It is near impossible at such a volatile time (I'm not sure I can even do it), but let's do our best to believe the best in this country, the best in ourselves, and the best for the future.

We are about to elect the first African-American US President and with him we'll have the first African-American First Lady and the first African-American First Children--all of which inspires me and makes me proud, brim with pride, in fact. The symbolism is powerful and undeniable and indeed transformational, but the Obamas AS PEOPLE are the people we want to run the show.

So let's back away from the fear and the angst and do our best to send out love instead. Let's have the audacity to hope. Look how far it's gotten us?

Posted by: eosmith | November 3, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are seriously delusional. How is changing the tax rate from 36% to 38% for one tax bracket turning the U.S into a Communist nation? Especially considering that for most of the 20th century the tax rate for that tax bracket was 70%. Was Eisenhower a Communist? Was Nixon a Communist, since he had a higher tax bracket on the rich than Obama is proposing?

Posted by: maurban | November 3, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Interesting, if he loses we'll never really know why he lost. Of course, in the manner of affirmative action maybe we could give him the bonus points he'd need to make it over the top. Equal opportunity doesn't mean equal results so he could lose fair and square. I wonder whether more rioting will occur if he wins or loses?

Posted by: ronjaboy | November 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, Mr. Capehart, you are spot on. Perhaps, however, "Black Angst" isn't the appropriate phrase to capture this feeling? Might I offer, "consigned resignation?" It would seem that we will show up to the polls, perhaps, in record numbers, but we are also keenly aware that there are circumstances beyond our control that may produce an adverse result.

Though buoyed by Sen. Obama's primary win in Iowa, many of us African-Americans still hold our collective breaths in anticipation of the final vote count tomorrow night. Whether it's over concern about the Bradley effect, fear for his safety or simple inate pessimism, it seems that the entire community refuses to allow itself to become excited about this historic possibility.

Posted by: eadyson1 | November 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Let me sum this up for all of you. First of all Obama isnt just African-American. Why do African Americans keep trying to pretend that he is black. His mother is WHITE!!! She is the one who gave birth to him not a black woman. Why do all black people keep pretending that this is such a great thing for them or it makes them look soooo good when his mom is white. It makes me sick. Quit grabbing at straws I understand his dad is African but his mom is as white as snow. Get over it.

Posted by: Taylor25 | November 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"Well, kjohnson3, 'mulatto' is indeed a real word (check it out in a dictionary.)"

Yes, milesfinucci, it is a word. One that went out of active usage around the time of Reconstruction.

My point is that, by reaching back in history to grasp and apply a label whose sole intent was to make a distinction about the proportions of someone's racial mixture (which has absolutely no relevance to anything outside of a few medical conditions like sickle-cell anemia), you are showing that racism occupies a considerable space in your mind.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Well, kjohnson3, 'mulatto' is indeed a real word (check it out in a dictionary.)"

Yes, milesfinucci, it is a word. One that went out of active usage around the time of Reconstruction.

My point is that, by reaching back in history to grasp and apply a label whose sole intent was to make a distinction about the proportions of someone's racial mixture (which has absolutely no relevance to anything outside of a few medical conditions like sickle-cell anemia), you are showing that racism occupies a considerable space in your mind.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm a lifelong Democrat and plan to vote tomorrow for Obama, but reading crap like this makes me want to go out and vote for McCain. Give me a break.

Posted by: theruffs | November 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Well, kjohnson3, 'mulatto' is indeed a real word (check it out in a dictionary.)"

Yes, milesfinucci, it is a word. One that went out of active usage around the time of Reconstruction.

My point is that, by reaching back in history to grasp and apply a label whose sole intent was to make a distinction about the proportions of someone's racial mixture (which has absolutely no relevance to anything outside of a few medical conditions like sickle-cell anemia), you are showing that racism occupies a considerable space in your mind.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Well, kjohnson3, 'mulatto' is indeed a real word (check it out in a dictionary.)"

Yes, milesfinucci, it is a word. One that went out of active usage around the time of Reconstruction.

My point is that, by reaching back in history to grasp and apply a label whose sole intent was to make a distinction about the proportions of someone's racial mixture (which has absolutely no relevance to anything outside of a few medical conditions like sickle-cell anemia), you are showing that racism occupies a considerable space in your mind.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

While I'm African American, I feel no angst relating to race in this election. Yes I feel angst but it stems from the fear that the gang of thugs who have (mis)ruled this country for eight years may prevail. The thought of Sarah Palin possibly becoming president is downright scary. I would have supported Hilary Clinton or almost any other Democrat with just as much urgency as I am supporting Obama.

Posted by: browneri | November 3, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

With due respect, where does it say in the constitution that the first black nominated for president must win, particularly when that candidate is as disconnected from Main Street America as Obama clearly is?

The reality is that Senator Obama was given a pass by the media on associations that would have destroyed any other candidate and that he has no more experience than Sarah Palin, who has been slammed by the media from the moment she was nominated. Why can't you feel good that this country has clearly made major headway on the racial front. What disturbs me more than the fact that Obama might not win is the expectation that should he lose, his supporters have a right to take to the streets and create civil mayhem. That is political extortion -- Obama will win or lose based on his campaign and the electorate. That is the final word and Republicans like me will accept his winning a lot more gracefully than the Democrats accepted the past two presidential elections, for they seem to think they are owed the White House, and both branches of our government. Well, we might be headed that way, God help us.

Posted by: cincinnatus1 | November 3, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, folks, for the repeating message. I was having computer problems (self-imposed).

Posted by: kjohnson3 | November 3, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If you want to talk about a progressive tax, why not bring up property taxes. Talk about redistribution of wealth, and this tax has a history going back to the Middle Ages. Socialist didn't dream this up, the kings did. There is no percentage in taxing the poor. Also, when it comes to fairness, sales tax is basically a regressive tax as its burden weights disproportionally on the poor, i.e., the poor pay a larger share of their meager income than do the rich. Also excise taxes (such as those on gasoline and liquor) and surtaxes hit the poor harder, in proportion to their income, than the rich. Talking about enequities in income tax is like the blind Hindus trying to describe an elephant by only touching one part, such as the tail (it must look like a snake) or the leg (it must look like a tree). It is very clear that redistributing wealth by increasing the rich's tax rate by 2% (most of which their tax lawyers will help them avoid) pales in comparison to giving finacial institutions billions that should be spent on healing the economic crisis, but, instead, is being spent on bonuses and dividends.

Posted by: csintala79 | November 3, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Angst, huh? All the substantive impediments have been cleared away. Kennedy, King, and Kennedy were tragedies, but a lot has happened in the 40 years since. Eventually success will be seen as the matter of course that it has become in more recent times for the formerly downtrodden. The angst will dissipate.

Posted by: billmosby | November 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Someone black plays by the rules, does everything right, looks swell on paper, and even better in person, and yet still doesn't get the coveted school placement, the plum job or the house in the choice neighborhood."

Stop being materialistic. It is how someone gets the coveted school placement (part of a quota?), get the plum job (Obama got to be Senator on a pass when the leading Dem. and Rep. candidates had personal problems revealed to the press but outside sources...sound familiar to what is happening to Palin?) or got the house in the choice neighborhood (e.g. Rezo) that counts.

Posted by: ahashburn | November 3, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE LET OBAMA WIN - then I won't have to read "black angst" articles anymore. You're gonna get your chance and once you do, stop the complainin' that blacks still aren't equal.

Posted by: millertek | November 3, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Why does it have to be "black" democrats??????

Get over it.

Posted by: blevins20061 | November 3, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Let me sum this up for all of you. First of all Obama isnt just African-American. Why do African Americans keep trying to pretend that he is black. His mother is WHITE!!! She is the one who gave birth to him not a black woman. Why do all black people keep pretending that this is such a great thing for them or it makes them look soooo good when his mom is white. It makes me sick. Quit grabbing at straws I understand his dad is African but his mom is as white as snow. Get over it.

Posted by: Taylor25 | November 3, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, no offense, but Hyde Park is hardly "the choice neighborhood." It's an interesting neighborhood, but idiosyncratic, isolated, and not particularly safe. And Mr. Obama actually lives in North Kenwood, which is even less "choice" and even more economically stressed.

Anyhow, yes, people are right to be nervous. Polls are just polls, not actual results. Hopefully, those who support Obama will take their nervous energy and use it to support their candidate, rather than wring their hands.

Posted by: Mowry | November 3, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The answer Taylor25 is that in this country anyone who has the smallest smidgin of detectable Black ancestry has always been considered Black. This designation is not something invented by Blacks, but by Whites to insure "purity" of the White race.

Posted by: browneri | November 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I am a black man, but I don't have "black angst" I have working class American angst. Republicans are bad for America, bad for American families, bad for U.S. Foreign Relations and, thanks to the Evangelicals, bad for those who believe in Jesus Christ and those he died to protect, "the least of these".

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

LOL.

A white man with less qualifications and a real unsavory background was elected twice - in 2000 and 2004 - and you have the gall to play the race card? GWB got where he got by the power of privilege doing nothing on his own and learning nothing on the way (and we won't even address the binge drinking and cocaine snorting). Yale and a Harvard MBA (both obtained because of daddy's connections), a business bought for him (that he screwed up), a governorship bought for him (a titular position in which he did nothing), and a Presidency rigged for him where he showed that an inferior intellect, phony experience and ties to a bunch of nutty neocons can bankrupt a country.

Give me Obama's intellect and his years as a state and US senator any day. Under his tenure we'll see our federal agencies and our government staffed at the top with competent people rather than a bunch of ideologues and yes men.

Posted by: jaysit | November 3, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

as of wednesday, if obama wins, racism is over, passed, gone, NO MORE...
any black that spews this crap is talking hate speech and should be indicted for hate speech...
free, free, no more racism, we be free at last...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

To those of you who poo pooh Mr. Capeheart's fears, I say you are ignorant of what transpired in the South during the First Reconstruction (1865-1872), Post Reconstruction (1872-1955) and Second Reconstuction (1955-?). Mr. Capeheart keep the faith all is going to be well.

@Taylor25

First, Obama seems black enough for Mr. Akira. Second, as a white Southerner whose formative years in Flordia govered all of the 1950's, I can authoritvely say that the good Senator on the basis of his skin color would have had to: (1) Sit at the back of the Bus (2)Drink from water fountains labled "For Colored Only" (3)be raised a Negro Family because his mother would have been murdered and no white person would have dared raised him. I could go on (The Souther racial code of beheavior which went well beyond the Jim Crow laws, was and in some places is too extensive to enumerate). But my point is, the Senator would have been "black enough" then to endure the hardships that entailed, and he is "black enough" now to have his election tomorrow to be remember forevr in the history of this great country.

Posted by: adhardwick | November 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Taylor25 - surely you have not lived in America all these years and not realized that it is not African-Americans who label people by race, but rather society. You obviously don't know history. In southern states, if an individual was only a quarter black, he was legally identified as black. In American society, it has always been that way. That is why, until very recently, and not everywhere, job applications and census records did not allow the opportunity for a person of mixed race to identify themselves as b-racial. If they were of mixed race - Caucasian and other, they were identified as that "other". So please do not hold African Americans responsible for seeing mixed-race Caucasian and black individuals as black. That was decided by a Caucasian, racist ideology long ago.

Posted by: jazigirl | November 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The answer Taylor25 is that in this country anyone who has the smallest smidgin of detectable Black ancestry has always been considered Black. This designation is not something invented by Blacks, but by Whites to insure "purity" of the White race.

**K so lets just say hes black then even though he had a white family. His dad wasnt even around?? Why would African Americans take the credit for Obama? Amazing. But anyways I do beleive in keeping the race pure but in this case obamas mother was white and no matter what blacks think he still has white blood running thru his vains.

Posted by: Taylor25 | November 3, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

@Taylor
Ok babe, lets put it to the true test (To give some forewarning of what follows, I do not have nor ever had a sister) Southern style. Would you want Obama to marry your sister ? It is truly amazing how "Ol time are neer forgotten" not only in Dixie but this whole country.

Posted by: adhardwick | November 3, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Hope you find something else to hang your hat of victimization on.

Posted by: montykahlon@yahoo.com | November 3, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Not all Black American's are supporting Mr. Obama. It's not about race but rather the ability to lead this country thru trying and difficult times.

Posted by: crobin9560 | November 3, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

i guess this article explains what i meant when i said that i would be surprised if obama lost and surprised if he won.

Posted by: nall92 | November 3, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas is black?

Posted by: blheron | November 3, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas is black?

Posted by: blheron | November 3, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas is black?

Posted by: blheron | November 3, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

the tax and other codes are not color coded...
you can't pass laws against whites and hope blacks are not effected which means, is getting at whites more important than protecting your own...
think about it...
if he takes mine, he has to take yours...
funny, isn't it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas is black?

Posted by: blheron | November 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas is black?

Posted by: blheron | November 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You want equality? Wait til Obama wins and he's just as bad as all the bad white presidents we've had. Then we'll have gotten somewhere.

Posted by: pdck | November 3, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

nlynnc:

Sorry to spring this on you, but the grand prize for least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President has already been attributed to George W. Bush. HE is a white man whose lack of qualifications and unsavory background HAS made it that far.

Mr. Obama may be young and relatively new on the political, but he has a vision for America and enough integrity to carry it through, contrary to George W. and his minders, whose only vision for America was limited how to best profit from what they mistakenly interpreted as a blank check given them by their fellow citizens to do whatever they wanted.

Posted by: vs1123 | November 3, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Ok....I'm a black educated professional and totally understand "black angst". I'm sitting on pins and needles until Obama hits 270.

BUT....I must vent here. Why do these Repubs ONLY talk about Obama and not the issues??!! What expereince does McCain have?? What experience does Palin have?? Instead of trying to tear down my candidate why not build up yours. Present a reasoned arguement to vote for McCain-Palin and NOT create false reasons not to vote for Obama-Biden!!

Posted by: sardento3 | November 3, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok....I'm a black educated professional and totally understand "black angst". I'm sitting on pins and needles until Obama hits 270.

BUT....I must vent here. Why do these Repubs ONLY talk about Obama and not the issues??!! What expereince does McCain have?? What experience does Palin have?? Instead of trying to tear down my candidate why not build up yours. Present a reasoned arguement to vote for McCain-Palin and NOT create false reasons not to vote for Obama-Biden!!

Posted by: sardento3 | November 3, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I understand the black angst point however, if Senator Obama does not win the election it will not be because he is black ... it will be because he is s0cialist

Posted by: markandbeth | November 3, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of emotion in these posts with no real logic. I am white, 50, have lived in both the NE and SE. First, I would like to see anyone of any color bring anybody front and center and say their vote was disallowed in 2000 and/or 2004. That is crap, crap, crap. That is nothing more than media bullsh*& because their man lost the election.

Second, Obama will win this election because the Republicans had no chance to win the election. Clearly, McCain chose to run when no one else with half a brain would choose to run. The media/press is so democratically biased it wouldn't matter if Clinton, Obama, Biden, Castro or ET ran, the ongoing onslaught to remove the republican icon is so rampant, that no republican has a chance. Please save your dialogue that I am wrong because the main street media and press is clearly biased.

To sit here and read about Obama and Thomas, two different men of the same color but political spectrum is a disgrace. Obama does not even come close to what Clarence Thomas has accomplished or represents. Mr. Thomas is clearly an American and Mr. Obama is clearly someone we don't have a clue about.

Please stop with the crap about racism, education, barriers, etc. Talk to me about what Obama has accomplished and please for God's sake don't even put him in the same sentence as Clarence Thomas.

Yes, it is time for George Bush to move on, as it is for Clinton, Byrd, Kennedy, Shelby, Lewis (Ga.), Frank, Schumer, Dodd, McCain, Stevens, Jesse Jackson, Sharpton and a bunch of other no good government / race baiting criminals. But please don't tell me what Obama has done other than recognize he will be president and in 4 years lets hope to God, we can still recognize the country.

Posted by: datalinc | November 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of emotion in these posts with no real logic. I am white, 50, have lived in both the NE and SE. First, I would like to see anyone of any color bring anybody front and center and say their vote was disallowed in 2000 and/or 2004. That is crap, crap, crap. That is nothing more than media bullsh*& because their man lost the election.

Second, Obama will win this election because the Republicans had no chance to win the election. Clearly, McCain chose to run when no one else with half a brain would choose to run. The media/press is so democratically biased it wouldn't matter if Clinton, Obama, Biden, Castro or ET ran, the ongoing onslaught to remove the republican icon is so rampant, that no republican has a chance. Please save your dialogue that I am wrong because the main street media and press is clearly biased.

To sit here and read about Obama and Thomas, two different men of the same color but political spectrum is a disgrace. Obama does not even come close to what Clarence Thomas has accomplished or represents. Mr. Thomas is clearly an American and Mr. Obama is clearly someone we don't have a clue about.

Please stop with the crap about racism, education, barriers, etc. Talk to me about what Obama has accomplished and please for God's sake don't even put him in the same sentence as Clarence Thomas.

Yes, it is time for George Bush to move on, as it is for Clinton, Byrd, Kennedy, Shelby, Lewis (Ga.), Frank, Schumer, Dodd, McCain, Stevens, Jesse Jackson, Sharpton and a bunch of other no good government / race baiting criminals. But please don't tell me what Obama has done other than recognize he will be president and in 4 years lets hope to God, we can still recognize the country.

Posted by: datalinc | November 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of emotion in these posts with no real logic. I am white, 50, have lived in both the NE and SE. First, I would like to see anyone of any color bring anybody front and center and say their vote was disallowed in 2000 and/or 2004. That is crap, crap, crap. That is nothing more than media bullsh*& because their man lost the election.

Second, Obama will win this election because the Republicans had no chance to win the election. Clearly, McCain chose to run when no one else with half a brain would choose to run. The media/press is so democratically biased it wouldn't matter if Clinton, Obama, Biden, Castro or ET ran, the ongoing onslaught to remove the republican icon is so rampant, that no republican has a chance. Please save your dialogue that I am wrong because the main street media and press is clearly biased.

To sit here and read about Obama and Thomas, two different men of the same color but political spectrum is a disgrace. Obama does not even come close to what Clarence Thomas has accomplished or represents. Mr. Thomas is clearly an American and Mr. Obama is clearly someone we don't have a clue about.

Please stop with the crap about racism, education, barriers, etc. Talk to me about what Obama has accomplished and please for God's sake don't even put him in the same sentence as Clarence Thomas.

Yes, it is time for George Bush to move on, as it is for Clinton, Byrd, Kennedy, Shelby, Lewis (Ga.), Frank, Schumer, Dodd, McCain, Stevens, Jesse Jackson, Sharpton and a bunch of other no good government / race baiting criminals. But please don't tell me what Obama has done other than recognize he will be president and in 4 years lets hope to God, we can still recognize the country.

Posted by: datalinc | November 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the triple post!

Posted by: datalinc | November 3, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Having read some of the comments like TAYLOT25 I feel racism is still alive & quiet common in US, under such circumstances I have reservations about the electability of Obama, its a sad reflection of the times that we live in.

Posted by: rohitvashist | November 3, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Maurban, I do remember the 90s... but most liberals forget that bill clintons first 2 years in office he tried to lead hard liberal socialist left ..... and then he lost both houses of congress ....

Then, with a republican congress wellfare reform was iniatied, voted on, passes overwhelmingly with veto proof majority in both houses and President Clinton had no choice but to sign it.

Then and only then was the budget able to be balanced.

I believe that Senator Obama will win in a very close election, closer than the hyped polls have led us all to believe.
I believe he, and the Reed/Pelosi congress will tax and take and spend like drunken socialist ... resulting in the loss of many small businesses and many jobs .... increased gas prices and increesed food prices .... and in two years America will have had enough once more and take the house and senate away from him ... just like in the 90's. I believe the damage that will be done this time in those two years will be almost insurmountable.

Senator Barac Obama wants to redistribute wealth ... that is the cornerstone of socialism. Take from the producers and give to the non-producers. He is a socialist. That has nothing to do with his racial makeup.

Posted by: markandbeth | November 3, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

a lot of blacks are more competent and intelligent than the average white, they probably never got the opportunities that the"others" have been afforded.don't compare sen obama with tiger "sell-out"woods, the distinquished senator married a beautiful and intelligent black woman and is raising his black kids with her.my angst is more towards a simple racist skinhead who is not compentent nor intelligent who will take the next prez 's life, because of his fears and jealousies.you want to tell me it can't happen.and to the one who threatens to not vote for the senator because of this article, then don't vote for him we wouldn't want your vote anyway.cut off your redneck to spite your face.

Posted by: ninnafaye | November 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

In response to akira_matagi2--methinks you have rarely felt prejudice or how it may feel to live in the US with black skin. By the way, I am a 56 white female. Mr. Capehart, my hopes have also been dashed just like the friend you site in this article. People must continue to speak out even after tomorrow's results. I have great hope because I will vote for Obama,
along with my 2 sisters, 2 nieces,
even though my father will not. I have waited for 35 years to see some sort of reckoning. Great leaders connect and motivate, they give people hope, and I believe Obama does just that. I have no doubt that his past experience and education will help him make some of the best choices for this country. Millions of people are voting for him because he is a very, very good man, and I will continue to speak out against the hate. I encourage
others to do the same.

Posted by: newsjunkie4ever | November 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I too suffer from "black angst" - and I'm not even black. I love this country and want a President Obama (and a wonderful first lady) so very much, but I fear another stolen election (at least I hope it was stolen, as surely the majority of us could not have actually voted for what we have right now). If he wins as so many are praying he does, I fear the terrible mess he and his cabinet, administration will need to work through; I fear someone full of blind, stupid, arrogant hatred will harm him, her, them; I fear, I fear, I fear. Yeesh. I realize that I can't even begin to glimpse what it must be like to have inherited and to live a U.S. history of racial/economic inequality, but definitely understand why hypertension is endemic among blacks. It is totally awesome, though, that Obama just might be our president (not God, just president), and if we all take responsibility for ourselves and each other, and put more bright, good, articulate people in positions of leadership in government, commerce, industry, education, etc., hey - we just might succeed in overcoming the mess.

Posted by: jujones1 | November 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Has everybody forgot what a useless waste Jimmy Carter was?!?!? Obama will likely be worse! Bankrupting the coal industry, packing the courts with liberal nutcases, consorting with bomb-making ex-Weathermen radicals and reverends who "Damn America", working with Barney Frank to reduce defense spending by 25%, hobnobbing with Nancy Pelosi and the Hapless Harry Reid.

Posted by: reegospamoni | November 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I too suffer from "black angst" - and I'm not even black. I love this country and want a President Obama (and a wonderful first lady) so very much, but I fear another stolen election (at least I hope it was stolen, as surely the majority of us could not have actually voted for what we have right now). If he wins as so many are praying he does, I fear the terrible mess he and his cabinet, administration will need to work through; I fear someone full of blind, stupid, arrogant hatred will harm him, her, them; I fear, I fear, I fear. Yeesh. I realize that I can't even begin to glimpse what it must be like to have inherited and to live a U.S. history of racial/economic inequality, but definitely understand why hypertension is endemic among blacks. It is totally awesome, though, that Obama just might be our president (not God, just president), and if we all take responsibility for ourselves and each other, and put more bright, good, articulate people in positions of leadership in government, commerce, industry, education, etc., hey - we just might succeed in overcoming the mess.

Posted by: jujones1 | November 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Mark and/or Beth:

You define socialism as: "Take from the producers and give to the non-producers." i think we might disagree about who producers are. Does the "investor" class produce anything other than speculation sans effort? (i use scare-quotes--"prepostrophes", if you will--because buying stock after IPOs invests nothing in the company, only in the right to mine profit that justice and fairness would otherwise put in the workers' pockets who, in fact, produce.)

The people who actually produce--the factory workers, the artisans, the nurses, the undocumented farm-workers--subsidize the dividends to owners of stock, who are no more deserving than the heretofore landed gentry. Ratcheting up the capital-gains rate redistributes the money to those most responsible for its production, increasing the velocity of the dollar (because workers need to spend, almost by definition, more of their pay than "investors"), thus increasing the health of our economy.

Mislabel that as socialism if you want, it's still a better course than sliding back into feudalism.

Posted by: applestuff | November 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

careful Akira, you are speaking with koolaid drinkers. Facts and logic are meaningless to them.

Posted by: pwaa | November 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

But markandbeth, let us not forget that the balanced budget achieved during Clinton administration was replaced by a soaring deficit which occured with a Republican president and Republican majorities in both chambers of congress.

Posted by: browneri | November 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I was unable to sleep Saturday night after volunteering at the phone banks in Bethesda for Obama and then unable to sleep again last night. I had not quite put my finger on the problem, but I think that it is the underlying anxieties associated with the elections. It is true after seeing the 2000 elections stolen, the lies with the Iraq war, the home foreclosure scams, the high gas prices and record-breaking profits, and the $700billion dollar wall street bailout...It seems that so much is really out of our control....

I am and black, so that may double the angst, but I definitely feel angst. A friend of mine called it a "deep foreboding" feeling about it...

We really have not lost any martyrs in the GenEx lifetime, so we may also be experiencing the latent anxieties passed down from our parents from the 60s.

Posted by: ZMEJ | November 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Right on, applestuff!

Posted by: eosmith | November 3, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"But markandbeth, let us not forget that the balanced budget achieved during Clinton administration was replaced by a soaring deficit which occured with a Republican president and Republican majorities in both chambers of congress. "

of course america was not hit with 9/11, 147 dollar oil, katrina,enron crisis,a stock market bubble exploding,wars etc. We could afford to have an inexperienced president diddling young women with cigars. Now we can't.

Posted by: pwaa | November 3, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

...When has the Left acknowledged that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is black ...
Posted by: MilesFinucci | November 3, 2008 10:45 AM
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When an article appeared in Time magazine about how Reagan-appointed Equal Opportunity Employment Commission Chairman Thnomas was actually dismantling the work of the office (claiming it was no longer needed) in 1982, I was in my third week at a new job at an employment agency for office workers. I sat down to write a letter to the editor, described six cases of eminently qualified secretaries and bookkeepers (solid experience plus good scores on our office skills tests) who happened to be minorities whom I either couldn't send on particular interviews (because Spanish last names "disqualified" them) or (in the case of Black clients) who weren't offered jobs for specious reasons (a bookkeeper with years of experience in obscure accounting programs was rejected because the interviewer found him "threatening"). Two cute white girls straight out of college with zero experience got offers on their first interviews (one of whom was so ditzy that her interview had been rescheduled after she'd missed the first one because the height of the office building intimidated her). After realizing my letter was way too long for Time, I sent it to the EEOC instead. No response. When I called, I was told that my third-party report meant nothing. Only the wronged parties could file (and I'd been too embarrassed to tell them how they'd been discriminated against).

Years later when Bush Sr. (whom I otherwise, in general respect) named Thomas as the "replacement" for Thurgood Marshall, *everyone* knew he was black--and the black community to my astonishment seemed to collectively hold their noses and support him.

What Capehart's friend said was "We lost a lot of people who represented equal opportunity and what this country stands for."

Clarence Thomas never did and--if his showing on the Supreme Court lo these many years continues the same--never will meet this ideal.

And yeah, I'm a 53-year-old white woman.

Posted by: multiplepov | November 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think it is angst but we also have hope. Hope that electing our First African American President is a signal not only to America but to the world that we are ready for change. A change that benefits all Americans not just the wealthy, priveledged and cooperations.

But we know that GOP will not give up without a fight.

We know that some Americans are not ready for a President who does not look like the other 43.

If they were ready, they would dismiss all the negative names that Obama has been called. Terrorist, Socialist, Con man, Salesman, Eliteist, Baby killer. All false propoganda but out by people that would rather believe these lies, then believe a man of good character. They ignore the character of their own candidates. Adulterer, power abuser, ethical law violaters, quick and erractic decision maker, flip floppers etc.

As for experience, people with experience have been running this country for years and see where we are. He has enough experience. More so he has the cool head that prevails in a crisis. He is a very intelligent man who as he says would not hesistate to do what needs to be done to protect our country. I see a man who loves his wife and his daughters. To put our country in danger would also be to endanger the elegant wife and beautiful children that he loves.
The question is will this country allow him to be our leader. He is ready to lead. If he didn't think he was, he would not be running. He would not be spending time away from his wife and his children if he did not think he he could do it. He has sacrificed a lot for America. He believes in America and so wants to bring the change we need.

The question is will America let him? My prayer is I hope so. I know there is another 1/2 of America that is praying not.
Whatever happens, happens. Life will go on. This will soon all be history. Let's hope history makes the right choice we need. Go Obama/Biden 2008!

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | November 3, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried at all about any angst whatsoever. Barack Obama will make an excellent President for our country. We as Americans will be the better for it. Obama will work to bring everyone together as a President should. Unfortunately you will always have people who will hold negative views no matter what a person does or does not accomplish in this life. Thats really too bad because people who focus on the negative tend not to be people who have accomplished anything worthwhile to begin with. Right now America has already won by virtue of Obama winning his party's nomination for president. It already shows that we are country that is big enough in our hearts and in our minds to be open to someone new and someone different. But a someone who is willing to work hard to help us become even better. This does not take anything away from John McCain at all. He is a good man and would make an excellent president as well for our country. I just believe that this particular time in our history that our country will make a different kind of choice. That is the beauty of our republic and our constitution. I stil believe in, "We The People"!

Posted by: Kyoung42 | November 3, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The angst this time is not just Black angst. I assure you many of us White folks share the exact same angst as Blacks. We are both afraid that another election will be stolen and the will of the people will be denied. None of us trust the Republicans to be honest, decent and fair.

Posted by: villella7 | November 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The angst this time is not just Black angst. I assure you many of us White folks share the exact same angst as Blacks. We are both afraid that another election will be stolen and the will of the people will be denied. None of us trust the Republicans to be honest, decent and fair.

Posted by: villella7 | November 3, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I am a black man, but I don't have 'black angst' I have working class American angst. Republicans are bad for America, bad for American families, bad for U.S. Foreign Relations and, thanks to the Evangelicals, bad for those who believe in Jesus Christ and those he died to protect, 'the least of these'.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc"

Just had to see that again. Thanks, concernedaboutdc, for your simple and eloquent words.

Posted by: herzliebster | November 3, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Stop fretting and get out and vote.

Posted by: maxfli68 | November 3, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Stop fretting and get out and vote.

Posted by: maxfli68 | November 3, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

nylnnc, open up a history book and read about Warren G. Harding.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | November 3, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

Warren G. Harding, nylnnc. Warren G. Harding

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | November 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So what does one call it when someone white plays by the rules, does everything right, looks swell on paper, and even better in person, and yet still doesn't get the coveted school placement, the plum job or the house in the choice neighborhood?

We call it "affirmative action" at our house. And it's happened more than once.

Posted by: SuperiorityComplex | November 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So what does one call it when someone white plays by the rules, does everything right, looks swell on paper, and even better in person, and yet still doesn't get the coveted school placement, the plum job or the house in the choice neighborhood?

We call it "affirmative action" at our house. And it's happened more than once.

Posted by: SuperiorityComplex | November 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

Warren G. Harding, nylnnc. Warren G. Harding

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | November 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I may be an over-50 white male, but I voted for Obama and share your angst. I have been glued to the polls 24/7. I also hope that tomorrow night will go down in the history books as the night that America came home again!

Posted by: Bob43 | November 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

AKIRA...DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY MORONS.

YOUR COMMENT HURT THEM BECAUSE YOU SPOKE THE TRUTH.

Posted by: coqui44 | November 3, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

AKIRA...DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY MORONS.

YOUR COMMENT HURT THEM BECAUSE YOU SPOKE THE TRUTH.

Posted by: coqui44 | November 3, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

You don't have to be black to have this angst, at least to some degree. I find myself asking several times a day,
"Will 'they' really let a black man win?"
Same they.

Instead, Jonathan, try asking another question: "Would Barack Obama let 'them' get away with taking what he believes he has rightfully won?" There are more of "us" than there are of "them." And this time, "they" know it.

Posted by: martymar123 | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President. I can assure you that a white man with his lack of qualifications and unsavory background never would have made it this far."

Actually, Abraham Lincoln probably had the fewest credentials of any of our elected Presidents--one term as a Congressman one decade before he became President.

Posted by: mousytongue | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I am a white male and I have angst. I have been honked at and almost run off the road in three separate incidents because I have an Obama sticker on my car. Trying to figure out where the anger is coming from, I tuned into Limbaugh and Hannity today. These two are very dangerous. They are fomenting violence using vile lies. I think we are in much greater danger of terror from domestic right-sing crazies that any foreign terrorists. The FCC needs to look into shutting these guys down. Remember Rwanda? Yes, we are talking about that kind of divisive rhetoric, labeling liberals as un-American, subhuman, amoral, baby-killers. They are trying drum up a American Kristallnacht (bet they don't even know what that is).

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Curtis Mayfield said it best:

People get ready
There's a train a comin.
You don't need no baggage,
You Just get on board.

Posted by: TonyinLynchburg | November 3, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Obama may actually become the least qualified person to ever be elected for U.S. President."

Sorry Nlynnc. That is a distinction that George W Bush has already secured for himself. Obama wouldn't come close to taking it away.

Posted by: PeaceMonger | November 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

@sumn

I'm sure you worked hard. But did you build, all by yourself, the roads you use to get to work? Did you teach yourself to read and do arithmetic, or were there public schools in your past? Do you take your own trash to the landfill? In fact, do you have a private landfill all to yourself? Are you an army, navy, air force of one? Do you think the Q-back of a football team wins all by himself?

Do you have any concept of what a community is? Can you conceive of situations in which the only feasible actions are too much for one individual all by himself? Have you ever heard of the concept of "the common good"?

Which Marx are you afraid of, Karl, Groucho, or Harpo? Do you have the slightest idea of what Karl Marx said, or is his name just a big "BOO!!!" for you?

If a marginal increase of 3% on incomes over 250K is "socialism" to you than I wish you Godspeed to your own private island where you can work all by yourself, for yourself, and starve all on your own, and never bother me again.

Posted by: jprfrog | November 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Angst" is too familiar to Red Sox fans (World Series, Game 6, Red Sox vs. Mets. One strike away, and then...)

But take heart! The curse of the Bambino was banished in 2004. It is an omen.

Posted by: jprfrog | November 3, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Republicans don't understand that both of the Bushes weren't really qualified to be president, McCain was 5th from the bottom of his class at Annapolis, and Palin not only doesn't read any newspapers but can't pronounce nuclear.

I don't understand why Republicans aren't all in favor of having a president who knows how to read, how to write, how to speak proper English, and how to unify a diverse people. I don't want an "average joe" as my president; I want someone who is smarter than I am, who has more knowledge than I do, who has more wisdom than I do, and who has more patience than I do.

Posted by: Kaelinda1 | November 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi Jonathan,

I thought what your friend Erana said about her hopes being dashed was spot on: not just for blacks, but for lots of whites too. My family, Democrat, Independent and Republican alike, are all in the tank for Mr. Obama... and we are nervous, jumpy, elated, scared, and determined all at once. My step mother and I are constantly checking on each other, encouraging each other, and supporting each other's near-neurotic behavior.

This election has shown me in the most concrete ways possible that decent people around this country really care that this election is decided on the quality of a man's character, and not the color of his skin. I go back to my step-mom; we've always been close but I see her in a way I've never been able to before. Her hopes in the 60's of a more equal and just nation being savaged by the murders of the same people Erana speaks of... well, it's palpably real for me now. I hope, and for the first time in a long time that's a word that has real meaning to me, I hope that I never have to experience what she and my step-mother went through.

There's a quality about Barack Obama which is so unique that makes the election of the first black man as President of the USA an added bonus. No matter what happens, I think he has reminded us that being American isn't a red or blue thing, nor is it a black or white thing; it's a human thing... and we are all better off for it.

Posted by: DaninPDX | November 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What about those of us who just have angst about the election, regardless of the outcome? When Obama was nominated, I was very concerned because: 1) I disagreed with his positions; and 2) he didn't seem qualified to serve as President.

Then McCain selected Palin as his running mate. And I got very concerned because: 1) I disagreed with her positions (to the extent that they were out there; and 2) she didn't seem qualified to serve as President, should the need arise.

What to do, what to do....?

Posted by: commenting | November 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

MilesFinucci
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You call Obama (or anyone) a mulatto and claim to be a straight talking non-racist?

Wow!

You are nothing but scum of this world, a racist piece of garbage who should not be given the right to vote. Get lost.

Posted by: Pillai | November 3, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

What to do, what to do....?

Dear What to Do,

The choice is clear...McCain's expertise is in foreign policy as he was WRONG to invade Iraq and 75% of our country admits it was a mistake! We're on the eve of the election and he still hasn't explained his plans to fix this economy but just keeps slamming Obama instead! We need real CHANGE!!

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: vet4barack | November 3, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not black but I've got the angst and the worry that yet another election will be stolen by the republican machine. But this time I think we have enough votes to make it impossible for them to foist their candidate on us again. Go Obama! We WILL overcome!

Posted by: datdamwuf2 | November 3, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 43 yr old white male and I was stationed in Ft. Worth for 11 years! I've probably been to the grassy knoll area in Dallas where JFK was assassinated atleast 20 times and you can feel the sense of loss that the entire nation was robbed of that terrible day! JFK wasn't perfect and I'm sure Obama isn't either...in fact his politics are a little too left for me...but having some hope is never a bad thing! I think he'll surround himself w/smart people and do GREAT things for this country!

Posted by: vet4barack | November 3, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama believes in Infanticide, Socialism, and toasts terrorists who believe in the destruction of Israel and hate the United States. He never even started a credible job of representing the citizens of Illinois before he announced for the Presidency. Americans desire better than an absentee senator and an empty suit. I am voting McCain.

Posted by: hoimacoach | November 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE STOP THE WHINING ABOUT RACE! It is tiresome and completely UNTRUE! If anything, it is the complete opposite. Any African American with an ounce of talent will get a job over a whiter person! Trust me, if you work for the U.S. Government, this is ALWAYS THE CASE!!!!

Posted by: dmrunique | November 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Hope you find something else to hang your hat of victimization on.

Posted by: montykahlon@yahoo.com
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What is your usual go-to, sense of white supremacy threatened? whaaaaaa, what do you mean I can't financially raid my company and leave the mess for someone else to clean up? whaaaaa...I'm being oppressed....

Posted by: LABC | November 3, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

BARAK OBAMA IS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR- HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF:Germany 1933. There were the radio addresses (no television Joe Biden) and mass rallies of crazed mesmerized fanatics who wanted a better life in dreary bad times and believed the lies and promises of a charismatic orator whose speeches crafted by Joe Goebbels were designed to convince the throngs that he would bring them everything they needed. The orator used scapegoating techniques that had worked for centuries. He became Dictator. This could not happen here they say. We have checks and balances they say. We have journalists and a media with integrity they say. They are wrong.Obama the collector sounds right to me. He collects, consorts with, purchases property with, blurbs with, works with, worships with, mentors with, baptizes with, and basically swims with people that REALLY hate America, whites, Jews, Israelis, anti corruption laws, and the capitalist system of America. He comes to us dressed beautifully and tells us that he is one of us. Please don’t tell us Barak Obama is not really one of them. That is like saying that a guy who rides with the Hell’s Angels for twenty years doesn’t believe what they believe because he doesn’t wear their jacket.Birds of a feather flock together. You can tell a man’s character by the character of the company he keeps. By their fruits ye shall know them. Never mind that Obama’s voting record is so far left that it is out of sight. Never mind that his statements and freudian slips show him to be something else. Never mind that the American people are going through a version of what the Germans felt in 1933, bad financial times, an unpopular president and an orator backed by the media using the big lies and promises of spreading the wealth and are mesmerized by the prospect that every man is going to be a King…by spreading the wealth.When The Obama is enthroned, and it looks like he will be, then with a compliant Congress and Supreme Court he will prove to all that THE POWER TO TAX INCLUDES THE POWER TO DESTROY AND POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.When a stealth with a thin resume, a gift of lying with a straight face, never a businessman, never a mayor or a governor with rancid associations is elected and says he wants to appease our enemies and cut our military then our time as free Americans may be coming to an end. God Help America.

Posted by: mharwick | November 3, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Sir, I was speaking about independent lumber and hardware store owners who employ 5 or 6 people but who work harder than any of the people they employ just to keep their business afloat. I was speaking about the family who owns a small grocery store in a small town or on the corner of a block in NY city, who work early in the morning and late into the night just to keep the doors open on the place. I was talking about the family who finally could own their own radiator shop instead of working for someone else ... and the Nurse who works 12 to 16 hr shifts and is dog tired but managed to bring home enough to keep his or her family comfortable.

It is those people of whome I speak who are going to be devestated by Senator Obamas socialist tax and welfaire plan. Those are the producers I am refering to. Not the yankee stock brockers.

I am also talking about the producers who work at those small businesses who will loose their jobs sometime between the first and second year of an Obama Presidency.

I am talking about the family farm in Up State New York that has survived all the ups and downs of the dairy industry but because of the value of their land and farm equipment will be pushed over the edge of the ever lowering Obama/Biden tax-the-crap-out-of-them level ... who will lose their farm due to taxes to pay for the welfair checks to none tax payer.

Those are the producers I am refering to. I am talking about the Independent Taxi company owner who started out with just himself and a car and through determination and grit built up a small business that employs 5 drivers and 6 cars including his own. He will suddenly take a 20% loss in taxes the first year of Obama/Biden .... for what? ..... For hard work .... Not for graft, or robber barron crap ... but for hard work.

You see, I am a producer ... a Nurse, a freshly retired Navy Hospital Corpsman. When Obama says he wants to take my money and spread the wealth around ... what he is really saying is "He wants to take those hours of my life I spent away from my family working and earning .... Hours I will never get back ... and give them to someone who did not earn them .... someone I did not earn the money to support. He is taking the part of my life that I envested to give money to my family and STEAlING it from me and my familly because he thinks he knows better what to do with the invested hours of my life.

To rich people money is just money ... but to those of us who really earn it, it represents the part of our life we gave away to earn it. Do not take those hours from my family just to make yourself feel good.

Posted by: markandbeth | November 3, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain has his own financial ties to ACORN and this latest Palestinian professor! Do your homework right-wingers? McCain has been running for President for 8 yrs now...he's missed more Senate time than Obama!! What are McCain's plans for this economy? Who would know since he spends every SECOND attacking Obama! He wants to buy everyones mortgage that has fallen behind? Mentioned it once & NEVER explained it? How is Obama an empty suit when he's the only one that has a plan for anything? McCain says "Country First" but he's changed everything moderate he stood for from 2000! The 2000 McCain would've EASILY got my vote over Gore or Kerry!

Posted by: vet4barack | November 3, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

AMERICAN ANGST. WE ARE THE LOSERS WITH BARAK OBAMA AS PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF. OUR ENEMIES WIN.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF:Germany 1933. There were the radio addresses (no television Joe Biden) and mass rallies of crazed mesmerized fanatics who wanted a better life in dreary bad times and believed the lies and promises of a charismatic orator whose speeches crafted by Joe Goebbels were designed to convince the throngs that he would bring them everything they needed. The orator used scapegoating techniques that had worked for centuries. He became Dictator. This could not happen here they say. We have checks and balances they say. We have journalists and a media with integrity they say. They are wrong.Obama the collector sounds right to me. He collects, consorts with, purchases property with, blurbs with, works with, worships with, mentors with, baptizes with, and basically swims with people that REALLY hate America, whites, Jews, Israelis, anti corruption laws, and the capitalist system of America. He comes to us dressed beautifully and tells us that he is one of us. Please don’t tell us Barak Obama is not really one of them. That is like saying that a guy who rides with the Hell’s Angels for twenty years doesn’t believe what they believe because he doesn’t wear their jacket.Birds of a feather flock together. You can tell a man’s character by the character of the company he keeps. By their fruits ye shall know them. Never mind that Obama’s voting record is so far left that it is out of sight. Never mind that his statements and freudian slips show him to be something else. Never mind that the American people are going through a version of what the Germans felt in 1933, bad financial times, an unpopular president and an orator backed by the media using the big lies and promises of spreading the wealth and are mesmerized by the prospect that every man is going to be a King…by spreading the wealth.When The Obama is enthroned, and it looks like he will be, then with a compliant Congress and Supreme Court he will prove to all that THE POWER TO TAX INCLUDES THE POWER TO DESTROY AND POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.When a stealth with a thin resume, a gift of lying with a straight face, never a businessman, never a mayor or a governor with rancid associations is elected and says he wants to appease our enemies and cut our military then our time as free Americans may be coming to an end. God Help America.

Posted by: mharwick | November 3, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I feel that the polls, as are the media pundits are biased, in how they phrase their questions and ratio of Democrats versus Republications. Let me see if I, as one of the “Bitter Americans clinging to my Bible and Guns” can provide you with a few examples for note voting for Obama’s socialism. 1. He wants to establish a “Euro Socialist” form of government for us. 2. Pushing for universal health care such as France and Canada. 3. Wants to provide “Open Voting” for the unions. 4. Wants to re-establish a “Welfare State” by taking from the Rich and give to the 40% non-tax paying folks. 5. At an address before Planned Parenthood on July 17, 2007, Obama said: "The first thing I will do as President is signing the Freedom of Choice Act." 6. Bankrupt our coal industry. 7. Reduce our military and create a “Civilian” security force. Sounds like shades of the past to me? And finally he will raise taxes on small business’ and anyone making $42,000 + to support his welfare agenda. 7. Illegally investigating private citizens who oppose his agenda. He has falsely stated his agenda and how he plans for us, who pay taxes, to pay for his s socialist agenda. We are seeing a “Mind Set” of people voting for Obama to ignore his Tax, Supreme Court and National Security agendas supported by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank which will evolve into a Socialist America. . Could go on, but this gives you JUST a few examples.

Posted by: dnicolo1 | November 3, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's say that Mr Obanga wins the same states as Kerry and Gore and Mccain wins. This could happen if the voters don't vote the way the tilted polls are showing. What is the problem. Mccain has been a moderate his entire career and Mccain is a good man. The only quality Mr Obanga has that people are voting for is color. Almost all Blacks will vote for Obanga. Obanga and Acorn have tried to steal the election. I pray to God that Mccain wins to preserve American values.

Posted by: junglejamm | November 3, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Capehart has, as usual for a black liberal media type, put forth the proposition that any objection to promoting Prince Obama to King Obama is blatant racism. Nevermind that a few of us may have serious doubts about his very questionable associations in Chicago - from the pulpit to the halls of academia - or the complete absence of any sign of bipartisanship in his political career that might relieve some of the "conservative angst". And for every African American achieving that coveted job or place in the student body of a lauded college or university there's a caucasian wondering what the hell happened. How quickly that selective amnesia seems to kick in when matters of race are at issue. And please, let's not go back 250 years again as a means of condeming and/or excusing what's at stake today. The fact that Obama is black seems to be the only qualification large segments of the population require before ushering him into the most difficult and demanding job on earth - at a time when even the most gifted and qualified aspirant would face unimagined challenges. Agreed...he's run an impressive campaign. But he's also had the bread to basically buy the office he seeks. One wonders where the contest would stand today had Obama bothered to keep his original promise to accept public campaign financing - as his much more honorable opponent did..? Your column mentions "all those men who touched blacks and whites...and pushed us to look past race". I strongly urge Capehart and Erana - and ALL African Americans - to "look past race" tomorrow night and vote for the best qualified candidate. Can you do that, Jonathan? Yeah, right on!

Posted by: ddnfla | November 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that we will finally make one small step towards justice by electing Obama, the most qualified and competent candidate we have had for a very long while. It has been really remarkable how many white people in our society so easily and casually dismissed Obama as a "black" candidate, especially considering he is as white as he is black. Hopefully, after tomorrow, we will not have to label any candidates white, black, yellow, red, etc.!

Posted by: motherforobama | November 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

If what these "Loyal Bushies" mean by "socialism" is decent wages, affordable health care, Constitutional government, honest public service, checks and balances, an end to bellicose militarism and a pullback from overreaching imperialism abroad, fair regulations on Wall Street and banks, a social safety net, and a break-up of giant oil monopolies and corporate-controlled media, give me "socialism" every time. This is the American consensus that Reaganism and Bushism overturned, NOT "socialism" or public ownership of the means of production. Let's hope that tomorrow's elections will bury once and for all the rotten nostrums and lies of Reaganism that have brought us nothing but national decline and ruin under Bush the Younger.

Posted by: emainland | November 3, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Hi

For all of you who look for signs and read tea leaves as we try to reduce our anxieties: Lewis Hamilton won the F1 World Championship yesterday. I for one take that as a good sign for tomorrow.

(And for those that do not know who Lewis Hamilton is, you can Google and find out. A real celebrity outside of the U.S. and another milestone.)

Posted by: cflawrence | November 3, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

We are all scared. It isn't just African-Americans. I'm white. Most of my white friends want Obama to win. We love him. We don't look at his color, and besides, he's bi-racial. He is the perfect American. The Kenyans, the Irish and probably everyone outside of the U.S. wants him to win. I hope that if he wins, (and I will sob and cry if he doesn't), that we will all finally just be Americans. Not white, not black, not hispanic. Just Americans. He will the best of all of us. I don't pray much, but I'm praying for him.

Posted by: justine66 | November 3, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

For all the conservatives and Bush supporters here: I don't think you have any clue what a disaster you and your ilk have been for our great country.

I for one will breathe a tremendous sigh of relief when we no longer have to contend with the rampart narrow-mindedness that characterized the last eight years of hell in this country.

Signed,
White, 58-years-old, female, SW Virginia, staunch Obama supporter from Day 1

Posted by: cbertel | November 3, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Yep, I definitely feel the same nervousness, and have heard similar concerns from every Obama supporter I know (many of us are white, if that matters). We all feel that given the incredible campaign he's run, the unprecedented volunteerism he's inspired, etc. if Obama were white, he'd be leading polls by 20 points and we could predict a landslide. But we have serious concerns about our Democratic counterparts in the rust-belt of PA and OH, and are convinced that all of those "undecideds" are Democrats who don't want to admit that they'll vote for McCain but ultimately will because he's white. Or because his name isn't "foreign".

McCain is too confident for my comfort. He knows something we don't-- and perhaps with the help of the new HAVA law (which disproportionately affects minorities), enough people will be forced to use a provisional ballot that won't be counted.

Posted by: kmcnyasha | November 3, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

All you have to do to understand black angst is read some of these idiotic comments (like Akira and friends). But if that's not enough: I have been door-to-door for the Obama campaign in rural NC and I have been told "I won't vote for a n&*^%r," and "I'll go to hell if I vote for Democrats." I've had my yard signs ripped off and garbage thrown in my yard (oh, and they don't take the signs of any of the white Dems, just the Obama ones.) There's nothing unreasonable about black angst. OWWO Old White Woman for Obama.

Posted by: isthisajoke | November 3, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Why do people always point out Obama's lack of executive leadership experience?

What is McCain's executive leadership experience? What executive positions has he held? When? For how long? What responsibilities? He has lots of experience; I just don't think i'd call it executive leadership experience.

Posted by: babble666 | November 3, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I have news for you Mr. Capehart, all of us who aren't White Christians have a goog bit of palpable angst on this one. If McCain wins this one, it will be because a whole lot of White Christian Americans have found some Republican cover story that gives them a clear conscience in voting to keep "their kind of people" in office. They won't admit it, and may not even be aware of it. This election is not about anything real, or unreal, about Obama, or even the concrete things the Democratic candidates have been saying, while the GOP blathers on about things that should scare you, or things that should offend you, regarding the other side.

Socialism? How come it's always North Korea and China, instead of Denmark and Sweden?

Spread the wealth? How come nobody cares when the wealth is being spread upward?

Crazy clergymen? How come it about guys who Obama liked, and them rebuked, instead of guys McCain rebuked and then kissed up to?

It goes on and on.

Does anyone honestly think that the whitest state in the Union, West Virginia, is pulling for McCain, because unemployed factory workers in the Ohio River Valley, where African Americans are still called "boy" to their face, think rich folks should pay less taxes? Or that it is any different in places like Indiana and the deep South?

Posted by: daweeni | November 3, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, at least 30% of white men and women will vote for Obama, but probably no more than 3% of blacks will vote for McCain.

No doubt race is a factor in this election, but apparently not for most whites. I'm starting to feel a little angst myself.

Posted by: insolitude | November 3, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Capehart,

You forgot to mention that Obama has ZERO executive experience. "

But then, so does McCain. Didn't you notice?

Posted by: thrh | November 3, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a mullato. This is not a deprecating term, but a common word in the English dictionary. It was in common use at least until the early Seventies, until the moron brigade made even the most innocuous terms politically incorrect.

Posted by: MilesFinucci | November 3, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I am white and have progressive opinions about most issues. A strong supporter of Barack, I too am anxious about the election results and do not trust the polls. The Republicans believe they are entitled to keep the White House and there have already been reports of the efforts of some Republicans to try to suppress voter turnout with false handouts being distributed in heavily Democratic areas. I am also concerned, especially in Republican controlled states, there will be inadequate polling places, as there were in urban areas in Ohio four years ago, in areas which are expected to vote heavily for Barack, resulting in long lines, perhaps discouraging some people from voting, effectively disenfranchising them from participating in an ostensibly democratic election.

Most Republican candidates for president, as well as other Republicans, since at least 1920 have favored business interests and the wealthy over most people in this country. Defending greed, selfishness, reckless deregulation, exploitation of the environment, denying government aid to the needy, while giving corporate interests all they demand have been the hallmarks of most Republican campaigns.

Republican candidates have often used smear/fear tactics, especially during McCarthyism, the 1988, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. All to often they have succeeding in duping millions of persons, who are generally not well educated and largely uninformed on history, as well as issues, into voting Republican.

Republicans, such as Palin, have been highly polarizing to about the half the people in this country, in their suggestion people who are generally white, living in small towns, rural areas and outer suburbs are the "real" and "pro" Americans. These comments have been insulting to those people living in cities, inner suburbs and college campuses who more strongly support Barack. These comments have racist and anti-intellectual overtones.

McCain could win for these reasons:

1) racism among many white voters

2) people being duped by GOP smear/fear tactics

3) voter suppression, as discussed above

Such a victory, based upon racism, fear, ignorance and disenfranchisement, would be a moral disgrace. But to most Republicans, winning is everything.

Hopefully we will be wrong and Barack will win in a landslide. This country needs an intelligent, well-informed president for a change, someone with an optimistic vision, who seeks, unlike McCain-Palin-Republicans, to try to unite most Americans instead of being divisive.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | November 3, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins, sadly, are being trounced by the Steelers. Unless they mount a miraculous comeback in the last 12 minutes of the game, that bodes well for Obama.

From what I heard today, the correlation between Redskin win/loss in the game preceding the election and the election result (Rep or Dem) is an incredible 16 out of 17.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 3, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Miles: The more you try to defend your use of the word mulatto, the sillier you look.

Negress was once a "perfectly good" word too, you know.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 3, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capeheart - One of the most important things that we are about to achieve is that we are going to remove the weight of that angst from you and millions of other Americans such as yourself who rightly suspect that many times things that have been earned would be denied.

In the words of the man himself. Not this time.

Not this time.

I, like millions of other progressives adore this man Barack. We admire his many amazing qualities not least of which is ability to steady us all. I too have had my moments when I felt this was going to be stolen from us by the hate and fear mongers, by those like Sarah Palin who revel in their ignorance.

Not this time.

We are all in this together and that is the ultimate lesson of this campaign. I have Barack's back and you need to know that I have yours too in a sense. And I count on you having mine.

If you do nothing else, love tomorrow. It will be a day we will remember for the rest of our lives.

Posted by: JoelB8 | November 3, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I find it disturbing and disappointing that people who have never experienced life as an African-American can dismiss their descriptions of their experiences with a stroke of a key.

No one can tell you what your experiences of life are, and neither should you attempt to deny blacks feel the way they feel and what they have exprienced.

When a woman says her hopes have been dashed, then that is how she feels. That is her experience of life. If yours is different, consider yourself lucky.

Posted by: agolembe | November 3, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is really a Martian and when he wins tomorrow it'll be the end of Earth as all the Martians enslave the Earthlings.


Posted by: raduodogi | November 4, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Not black, but I still have "black angst" syndrome about this election! I know many other Obama supporters who feel the same way. It's not just a feeling, it's a result of knowing how much this has happened in history and still happens.

Posted by: nadinexf | November 4, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Experience may be helpful, but COMPETENCE is the real asset of Obama. Go for it.

Posted by: pegasus2 | November 4, 2008 4:02 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't worry about it too much, Mr. Capehart. There are plenty of white voters out there who'll vote for Obama, and he'll need them. How about expressing a little less angst and a little more hope?

Posted by: rmpatera | November 4, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

When one believes rumors that have been thoroughly disproven and clings to theories that can best be described as "delusional" in order to justify voting for a senile old man who has neither the intelligence nor temperament to serve as President, there's only one possible conclusion: your racism is so deeply ingrained that you'd vote for a retarded caucasian rather than vote for a black (or brown or yellow or Jewish or Muslim) American. When all of you racists finally pass on to your punishment in hell, America will finally realize the ideal that we shamefully have not yet been able to achieve.

Posted by: ChrisMacy | November 4, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you but white people that do all the right things dont get the house, job, and school of their choice either, so whats your point, ITS NOT A RIGHT, and this race has become all about race even though you cant talk about it because this was the election that PC shut down free speech. Im not opposed to having a black man as president at all, but just voting for one for the sake of voting for one lacking the credentials, will put us in a deeper hole than we started, I hope those who voted for him will enjoy our increased taxes, ON EVERYONE, not just the rich, and the increased prices of our simple goods, enjoy, hope you all have bundles of cash saved up, lol.

Posted by: egibson888 | November 4, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I am not feeling good about myself today. You see, I just voted and chose race and soaring oratory over experience and integrity. A man I do not like over a man I do like. I voted for a chipher who would not step aside to allow a truly historic qualified candidate her due. Why did I do this? Too late now.

Posted by: fathead1 | November 4, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Amen! grafiksman hit the nail on the head. I loved your post so much, I sent it to my friends (giving you credit of course).

Posted by: auburntiger8 | November 4, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

What amazes me is that everyone thinks Obama is Black... Obama has mislead Blacks as to his heritage.. "Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write history by becoming "America's first African-American president" ignore is that his father was ethnically Arabic, ... Read Morewith only 1 relative - a maternal grandparent, ethnically African Negro.

That means that Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side, and 43.75% Arabic, and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side.

Also he just Fox News this morning had a video of Obama himself stating he wants to bankrupt coal companies in Ohio PA and WVA! How and a presidential candidate admiwt to wanting to destroy companies!

Posted by: ginsterbp | November 4, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the GOP faithful have to get bashed so hard in this blog. FYI, voting for O'bomber just because he's black is prejudice. If radio stations throughout the country would call out whites to vote for Mccain because he is white (as has been routinely done throughout the southern states by radio stations in favor of Obama, to their black listeners) it would be scandalous.
Actually, the most important thing here is being missed by the bloggers. Put the race issue aside for a moment...if any of you liberals would just look (analytically) at the democratic economic model, you would see that it CANNOT sustain itself. It leads to pure socialism - a classless society where there are no rich people. When that happens, as we have seen throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, EVERYONE becomes poor. When there are no rich people to own big businesses and employ the masses, then everyone has to work for the government...think about it. Get your heads out of the race issue and think for yourselves.

Posted by: crosschoke | November 4, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Someone asked why immigrants from abroad can come here with nothing and "make it" without affirmative action and other concessions that African Americans get. Well, first of all, many of them do get similar concessions, if they are not caucasion. Second of all, those immigrants are voluntarily coming to a new country for a new start. America disenfranchised African Americans and Native Americans, stripping them of their cultural identities and everything that defined them, and then enslaved, abused and killed them. That runs so deep that the damage still exists a few generations later (and yes, when you look at history you realize it really is only a few generations). It's up to us to work on fixing that and affirmative action is not the ideal, I agree, but it may be a necessary stepping stone to the final ideal. Having Obama as president could radically improve the self-images and identities of all African Americans, and that ripple effect could do wonders for our country in the long term, including our economy, education levels and crime levels. So.... I am not voting "just on race" and don't think that would be responsible. I absolutely think Obama is very qualified, even handed, polished, professional, has integrity, is logical, contemplative and has enough respect, brains, motivation and diplomacy to make real change possible. BUT, I also think race is just one more good reason to vote for him, because of what it could do for this country, as well as our place in the world.

Posted by: jnlwriter | November 4, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

well, this is very interesting indeed. who was it that went out into the projects and tricked the people with john mccains views, saying they were obamas and these people were still agreeing. i feel the jist of this article is one of racism and one that goes back to 2000 when there was boo-hoo-ing all over on the left. the fact is, it very well could happen again this year and how long did this "cheater" stay in office? 8 years, hmmmm....i am black and would NEVER vote for this "black" man. I love God and believe he is against God's ideas just by the way he's voted in his career; let alone the appauling things he's done and said. im no uncle tom, i love america and for now so does the Lord. satan is the only other person who wants to be called the messiah, and he's got alot of punishment coming to him!

Posted by: boxturtlekingyahoocom | November 4, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart
When Mr. Obama wins it will be because he was voted for by the majority of whites in this country. How then does black oppression still exist in your mind? Will your ghettos become instant successes overnight? Will the black on black violence cease to exist overnight after Mr. Obama wins? I seriously doubt it. Instead of using your power of the press to create and distribute your hatemongering article, you should use it to explain to the people you are trying to reach that in this day and age they are given every opportunity to achieve anything they desire. Tell people that they are responsible for their own actions and like Tiger Woods father Earl said...No one can do to you what you don't let them do. You hide behind your own racism and use the media as a forum to sew your seeds of dissention...what will you blame all the black community's problems on next? when your prophet has finally arrived and to all their great amazement and disbelief...nothing changed...this is America Mr. Capehart...a land of opportunity not a land of ...you owe us and handouts...earn what want!

Posted by: a2007roadking | November 4, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I am a self-employed mom of 2 boys, I just wanted to get my 2 cents in regards to this race. I do not consider myself a democrat or a republican as I vote for whichever candidate I feel can do the best for the country.

I will never understand those who vote based on things as gender, race, age or religon. I think that everyone that is coming out to vote for the first time based on any of those items doesnt really care for their country...they want to make a statement.

Yes while I am voting for Obama, it is NOT because he is black or young or because he is a family man... great real. ... and I would like to say to those black or white if race or age is the reason your are voting for a certain candidate... get over it and grow up. Education yourself

Posted by: momof2bs | November 4, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

where did everybody go?...to vote?

Posted by: a2007roadking | November 4, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart how did you ever get the job you have now with all the racism and oppression...I'll tell you how...because there isnt any racism and oppression ...it's all a smoke screen to cover up the real reasons for the problems of the black community...but I'm sure you were picked for this job the minute they laid eyes on you...Hmmm?...just think about that while you whine about America!

Posted by: a2007roadking | November 4, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Man this is classic,I'm white and in my late twenties this is such BS! Crybaby politics and crybaby mentalities is what holds black America back not racism. Go to any school and look and talk to some black or latino kids go ahead. It was the same when i was in school these kids are thug losers,zero intelligence...wannabe gangsters and frustrated why they can't get ahead. Look at their role models! You guys are defeating yourselves and looking like idiots the whole time! You don't need anyones help doing that.....go anywhere in the US man,how many black guys do you see in a suit or in roca wear? Be honest

Posted by: ecp2 | November 4, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

My congratulations to Barack Obama on his win tonight. I do not fear an Obama presidency. It will be educational either way, good or bad. Education is always a good thing even when it is painful. I sincerely hope that he will be able to "bring us together" and make progress towards solving the country's problems. This is not a time for bitterness, ideology, or small-minded politics. It is a time to pull together.
Good luck, Mr. President.

Posted by: rmpatera | November 4, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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