This is a long and in-depth look at the issue, so I recommend you read the article to get the full argument. But I do want to present a couple of quotes:
According to a new NEWSWEEK Poll, 86 percent of registered voters would vote for a qualified woman candidate for president if their party nominated one, and 93 percent say the same for a qualified African-American. These are much higher numbers than those of a generation ago.However, there is also this statistic:
But when asked about other people—whether "America is ready to elect a woman president"—only 55 percent say yes, with 7 percent fewer women than men answering in the affirmative. For an African-American presidential candidate, 56 percent of voters say America is ready, with more blacks than whites claiming not.These are the most important facts in this article, especially the second one. I tend to think that people over-report their willingness to vote for a woman or a minority so as not to appear discriminatory. But when asked if America is ready for a woman or a minority, their true feelings can show through without them having to take responsibility for them.
Whether Hillary or Barack wins the nomination may be irrelevant if they cannot win a general election. And while the though of a joint ticket, as some have suggested is possible, may be too much for the majority of Americans.
It's too bad. This is the first time in history when we've have two viable candidates who are not white, protestant males. Both Hillary and Barack would be substantially better than Bush.
While I think that race might prevent Obama from winning, Hillary is running against her past role as First Lady as much as she is running against Obama or anyone else. And that past might be her most powerful opponent.
Online poll results:
In 2008, would you vote for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (or neither) for president? * 67732 responses Clinton
Not a scientific survey. Click to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding.