I've heard it in passing from a lot of people who then back-track and change the subject. I need to know. What is so fucking "scary" about this guy????
This is how the conversation goes:
They: What do you think of the election?Me: You don't want to know. But if you do really want to know, then read my website: Kalamazoopost DOT blogspot DOT com; it's all there.They: I dunno who I like. I'm undecided. (Which usually means they are voting for McCain but don't want to admit it.)Me: Really? You're undecided? (Thinking: how the hell can anyone be undecided at this point!!??) Well, what do you like about McCain?They: I dunno. I guess my problem is that Obama scares me.Me: Scares you? How so?They: I dunno. I guess it's his.... lack of experience.... or something.Me: Or something?They: Well what do you think? I told you, now you tell me.Me: The problem with that reasoning is that if McCain is so concerned about Obama's lack of experience, then why did he choose a vice-presidential running mate with the same or less experience as Obama? It must not really be a big issue for him.They: That's interesting... but Obama still scares me.Me: Whatever.
Can someone help me out and enlighten me on what is so damn scary about Barack Obama? Am I being naive? Am I missing something and should I be scared, too? Is it the Harvard education? The living in Chicago? The fact that he's a White Sox fan? What? Taxes, health care, abortion, foreign policy, his alleged liberal-ness? Specifically, what?
I realize that there may be some racial undertones to this election (imagine that) and that he has a funny name and that he lived in Indonesia when he was 8 years-old, but can any of this be as scary as having an old man in charge while the VP is an airhead who cannot read a newspaper?
In fact, in the 2 or 3 decades I have participated in political discussions, I cannot remember ever hearing the word "scary" to describe a candidate so many times. Somebody please tell me why.