I’ve become very skeptical and somewhat uninterested in politics. This is a far cry from the fervor I displayed the whole of 2008. In the midst of history in the making, I blogged, donated, volunteered, and absorbed any and every piece of insight and punditry. Seems like such a long time ago.
From being horrified by the blatant voter suppression push, to being disgusted by the childish name-calling employed by both campaigns, (and quite frankly, haven’t really gotten over the President throwing his most ardent supporters under the bus during the first two years of his term) I find it hard to actively engage in political discourse.
But, I am always intrigued by the human psyche and how it plays out in our lives.
The issue: Paul Ryan had a black girlfriend, his college sweetheart. Interesting.
First question: Is it important? Second question: If so, to what extent?
First, it is important because there is a perception that the tea party and the GOP in general, are not concerned with minorities, in particular, African Americans. They are seen as insensitive at best, and at worst, racist. From the far right’s recurring cry that the President Obama is not an American citizen/hates white people/”pals around with terrorists”, there are good reasons for blacks to be wary. Second, in the same way that it is important to take into account whether Mitt Romney understands the 99%, it follows that one would take into consideration whether Paul Ryan has had real, substantial interaction with black people.
Additionally, when it comes to voting, the first consideration is how a person feels about a candidate. Knowing that Paul Ryan was in a long-term relationship with a Black woman at the very least says doesn’t hate African Americans. So he isn’t automatically, instantly tossed aside because he is a tea party favorite. However, the fact that his proposed budget basically guts Medicare and turns it into a voucher program, immediately comes to the forefront and his political views will be scrutinized. Ultimately, it adds an interesting aspect to the current presidential race.