Nezua has this to say on his support of Barack Obama for the U.S. Presidency. The Field Negro and some of his commentators suggest that one reason Obama has so much white support, especially among young voters, is that they think that if they vote Obama they can never be accused of racism again, or that we really are living in a post-racist society, or both. But I hang out on a regular basis with white 20 year olds in one of the more conservative cities in the U.S., and they are for Obama, and I do not think it is about gender or race, I think it is about age and Extreme Establishment Fatigue (EEF), a syndrome newly identified by me.
Of course I really voted for Barack over Hillary because he is better than she is on key Professor Zero issues like Iraq and immigration. Subjectively, though, the idea of voting for Hillary feels like (a) having to sit on the porch with the slowly rocking aged when really I want to go running, jump fences and climb trees; (b1) tightening my belt and pouring myself into an outfit that is really too tight, (b2) topping that off with a hair clip that pulls my scalp back, and (c) being glued to my chair at a dinner table where strident grownups focused on the past are needling each other and lecturing.
Voting for Barack, on the other hand, is far more relaxing. I feel as though I can do it and keep on walking, as opposed to do it and condemn myself to accepting permanent physical limitation. I feel as though if he wins, we might have working meetings where everyone speaks, as opposed to receiving orders from a distance while still tied to a leaden chair. It feels like voting for a department chair one does not agree with on all issues, but who has energy and academic (not just corporate) goals, and is a good colleague. And I say that at that level of government as at work, if you can get someone like that in power you are not doing too poorly.
And since I am being as subjective as I am, I will engage in free association. Obama can profess and Clinton can only teach. And the reason I do not like teachers, and do not trust people who say they “love” teaching, is that in my experience to “love teaching” really means to insist at all times on being in control and being right.
Update: There is of course Ridwan’s post and comments thread. And it’s not that I don’t agree or haven’t considered the possibilities, it’s just that I have decided to vote as opposed to sit things out.