“Presumptive” is a word that rolls around every four years to fill out the gawky space between presidential primary and convention/coronation. Personally, I find it to be a prissy, legalistic word. We know he’s not officially the nominee because we haven’t had the convention blah blah blah. But it’s kind of like getting on an airplane and hearing the guy flying it describe himself as the “presumptive pilot” because it hasn’t taken off yet. (On a separate note, I imagine my fictional pilot’s name to be Chuck Majors because that seems like an excellent name for a fake pilot.)
I would prefer that, instead of “presumptive,” the news media adopt the sexier word “alleged.” It’s a little more edgy with its connotations of criminal behavior, and it just sounds a lot cooler to be an “alleged nominee” versus a “presumptive nominee.”
Last night, the Democrats finally got their shit together and pushed
Barack Obama over the top. He is now the alleged Democratic nominee for
President of the United States. As I was watching CNN with the sound
off while playing poker at three in the morning last night, I kept
being reminded of Geraldine Ferraro’s ugly remark a few months ago.
This is what she said:
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he
was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens
to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the
In other words, if he weren’t black, he’d be nobody.
At the time, those comments provoked the expected and deserved outrage
because she appeared to be denigrating whatever accomplishments and
qualifications Obama the person has, and saying instead that he is just
Obama, the Negro straw man.