Oprah and the Degeneration of Political Discourse

A number of web sites and news organizations have reported that Oprah Winfrey's website has been flooded with email condemming her for being a traitor to women. One post stated the following:
I cannot believe that women all over this country are not up in arms over Oprah's backing of Obama. For the first time in history, we actually have a shot at putting a woman in the white house and Oprah backs the black MAN. She's choosing her race over her gender- hypocracy at it's finest!! Oprah- you should be ashamed of yourself!!!!! Source
While many people supported this view, most did not. The Oprah site is not really the issue, it's not where I choose to spend my time on the web. Of course Oprah does have a significant following, and while I have my suspicions as to why she chose Obama, she can certainly choose to support whom ever she likes. But what is interesting is that for so many people political discourse is not defined by what a candidate stands for, but by trivial meaningless things such as whether she's a woman, or whether he is black enough. Is it any surprise that our leaders are often so incompetent, when people make their decisions based on such things?

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