I placed this thread here rather then the politics forum because I wanted the answers of a more diverse group of people i.e. not just the politically savvy. I'm not intending it to become flagrant. Hopefully it won't , however , I imagine that some of the moderators believe this may be the case anyway which would subsequently warrant the relocation of this thread... How many of you believe that if McCain and Palin are elected it would mean that African Americans have virtually zero chance of obtaining the presidency in the future? McCain is a second hand grade politician in the sense that he is approaching the average mortality age of the US and Palin is not even entry level in terms of qualifications ; Obama is fresh , he is good with Europe , and has displayed very decent qualifications for the job of Presidency. I'm very curious about the pick here with Palin because McCain has set himself up for a black and white outcome. If they win I would imagine that this would disintegrate the hopes of the African Americans ; who would be a better African American candidate than Obama and who would be worse than McCain - Palin? My guess is that the pick of Palin is in consideration of the next election - there may be a futuristic scheme here. My speculation is that she was picked to ( although I mentioned another in my post in the politics forum ) to candy coat a victory by an African American - superficialize the event so that it would not lead to historic changes. But note all of the people flocking to Palin anyways ... this is very worrisome. Even if Obama wins , the chances of another African American president in the future seems slim to me.