yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Fri Sep-19-08 12:04 PM
I just talked to my plumber
I'll preface this by saying that several of his earlier comments this morning indicated to me that he might have a problem with non-white people. He didn't say anything direct enough for me to challenge, but I have my suspicions....
I didn't talk about politics with him while he was working on my pipes. Ok, I'm a wimp. Well, he did have a lot to say about the big box stores taking unfair advantage of small, locally owned plumbing businesses. The big box stores buy in bulk, so the suppliers give them better prices. I mentioned the big bail out of huge corporations. He expressed disgust for the situation.
As I was paying the bill in full, though, I said cheerfully that there was an election coming up. Very guarded response. Still cheerful (as I handed him the check) I asked, so who are you thinking about voting for? Chin stuck out belligerently, "I ain't saying."
Ok, I said, still cheerful. So
then he says, "I'll tell you one thing. Whoever we get will be a pig in a poke." I responded, "Oh, I think that Obama would be a great president."
the guy looks at me with these little mean eyes and I know exactly what he's thinking and he knows I know exactly what he's thinking and he decides not to go there. Instead, he says, "Well, I want to know more about this change. There was a young man once who was talking about change and the country he changed was Cuba."
I said, "Obama isn't anything like that." The plumber says, "Well, Obama says change but he hasn't told us anything about the change he has in mind." I said, "Actually, he's said quite a bit about his plans, and they sound very reasonable to me..."
The guy interrupts and says again. "Whoever we get will be a pig in a poke. I ain't made my mind up yet. I think I have, but I'm not quite sure." Then he says, "And anyway, my one little vote won't make a bit of difference." And he turned and walked away, not very friendly. I cheerfully waved goodbye.
1. My plumber is very racist and is scared to death of actually voting for a black man for president.
2. In an effort to hide his racism from himself and everyone he meets, he's trying to convince himself that Obama is a communist, but even he knows that it's a ridiculous assertion.
3. He feels more comfortable saying that "Obama hasn't said what he means by change" because my plumber has carefully shielded himself from any source of information - TV, radio, internet, papers - that might give him those details.
4. Despite all this, my plumber is so disgusted with the Republicans and McCain he can't bring himself to say their names or say anything positive about them. The best he can come up with is, "Whoever we get will be a pig in a poke."
5. He probably won't vote. There is absolutely nothing motivating him to bother to vote for McCain.
This is very good news for Obama, the Democrats, and this country. The hard-core racist Republican base is so dispirited, they're referring to their own candidate as a pig in a poke!