Same here as in the States?
Are you keeping an eye on the Democratic primaries in the States?
If not, you should. It’s fascinating. Instructive too.
One of the fascinations – in contrast to the political scene here in Aotearoa – is that so many well-informed, articulate commentators have been analysing almost every move made by the two candidates and their supporters.
So we already know more about the background of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than we’ll probably ever know about Helen Clark and John Key.
And we’ve been able to watch them deal with the dozens of highs and lows they’ve been enjoying or enduring in the course of this brutally long and demanding campaign.
Barack Obama has been my favourite all along. For two reasons. One is that he came on the presidential scene last year as such a fresh and inspirational figure.
He really has held out hope that an Obama presidency could mean an end to much of the ignorant, greedy, bullying American behaviour that has been the hallmark of the George W Bush years.
But the other reason is that, given the shameful history of race relations in the United States, it would be such an exciting step to elect an Afro-American to the presidency.
For a while, it looked as though Obama would succeed in winning the Democratic primary and then the race for the White House. He still might.
Lately, however, you can see signs of how uncomfortable many American voters are with the idea of a black man in charge.
It’s too much for millions of them, even though they’ll offer other reasons for their vote going elsewhere.
Back here, there have been Maori politicians with credentials to deserve a stretch as prime minister, like Sir Apirana Ngata, Sir James Carroll, Sir Maui Pomare and Winston Peters, but for whatever reason none of them has got the top job.
It seems that Kiwi voters are no more open-minded than their US counterparts. Not yet anyway.
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