I was talking politics yesterday with a friend in town for the weekend, and he said all his coworkers support Obama except four middle-aged black women who support Clinton because they are convinced if Obama is elected, he will be assassinated.
Hhm, I thought, that’s weird. A little paranoid, maybe?
But then I saw this tonight in the NY Times:
There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?
, two sisters say they pray daily for his safety. In Colorado , a daughter says she persuaded her mother to still vote for Mr. Obama, even though the mother feared that winning would put him in danger. And at a rally here, a woman expressed worries that a message of hope and change, in addition to his race, made him more vulnerable to violence. New Mexico
. . .
Not long ago, his advisers worried that some black voters might not support his candidacy out of a fierce desire to protect him. It was a particular concern in
, but Mr. Obama said he believed the worry was also rooted in “a fear of failure.” South Carolina
A paranoia shared by many, it seems. Let’s hope those fears are not born out.