Barack Obama is definitely becoming increasingly popular with many voters. All campaign rhetoric aside, with his relatively minor experience in federal government and politics, he is a truly risky candidate when contemplating the potential success of his presidency.
If he wins the Democratic nomination, I predict that there will be a slanderous, racist and truth-starved attack launched by the Republican party that will make the swiftboating of Kerry seem like a pleasant walk in the park.
If Obama should somehow survive the right-wing onslaught and get elected, we will then see the hybernating racism that is permanently entrenched in our social body burst forth in the media, in politics and in our education system. The right-wing blowback should be something to behold and for once give most Americans a genuine clarity about the racial tension that they thought was mostly purged by the civil rights movement of the '60s.
I'm not saying that these are excuses for not making Obama President. If he somehow figures out how to cope with and move beyond this social sewage, maybe he will provide adequate leadership for starting the repair of the devastation of the country and planet which was spearheaded by the Bush-fronted Neocons. I think it's great that maybe we are finally going to confront and resolve this issue (black president), as it would have happened eventually.
What bothers me the most is my serious doubts that the country is ready for this inevitable confrontation, and thus we may all suffer the consequences of a nation ripped apart by racism. Am I being too pessimistic here?
(UPDATE: A link to this post was added to the NY Times and we've had 2,500 hits and counting. I guess we've struck a nerve.)