Well, this is eerie. I’m going through the lastest columns to move on the wire, looking for something acceptable for the Tuesday op-ed page, and I run across this one from Kevin Ferris of The Philadelphia Inquirer, headlined "Don’t cry racism if Obama loses," which is weirdly like my Sunday column. An excerpt:
Last month, one of our two major political parties nominated an African American as its candidate for president of the United States.
Historic progress to be celebrated?
Apparently not. A few weeks and polls later, and some are already bemoaning the rampant racism that might keep a black man from ascending to the presidency.
Hey, Barack Obama could not have clinched the nomination without votes from white Americans. The other party isn’t supposed to just concede the election based on skin color. Voters shouldn’t have to choose based on race when they disagree on issues or believe a candidate isn’t up to the job.
But expect to see the bemoaners looking to the heavens and saying, "We’re not ready."
Baloney. Maybe it’s Obama who’s not ready and the people who recognize that – men and women, whites and blacks, Hispanics and Asians – are just fine.
So maybe I’m not totally crazy, huh? Or maybe this Ferris guy is.
In any case, I have never met or previously worked with Mr. Ferris, near as I can recall.