Your best bet is to listen to the comments yourself, but basically McCown made the argument that Barack Obama may not have won if he was white--that his massive popularity with African-Americans drove the participation up in that demographic and helped Obama overcome his inexperience (he isn't that much more experienced as a single term senator than Sarah Palin is, yet Palin's inexperience became a major issue).
It's a nuanced argument and one that doesn't translate well on talk radio--especially sports talk radio. But, coverage in today's Globe and Mail doesn't seem to be fair. Although McCown is given the opportunity to explain the comments, William Houston's reportage doesn't accurately convey the complexity to what was being discussed. Predictably, the comments section is lighting up with people a little too eager to yell the R-word (usually relying only on second hand information).
Not that McCown needs the help, but I was compelled to defend him in the comments. I wrote:
I'm not sure many here heard the comment McCown made. He was, in fact, suggesting that there were many voters that were drawn to Obama because of race. He never placed a value judgment on it and he consistently said that he was a supporter (of his) throughout the race.
The comment was made immediately after his co-host said that the win represented a shift in American thinking. McCown challenged that by pointing out exit poll data that showed that close to 70 per cent of older, white male Americans did not vote for Obama. When you factor in the increased turn-out among black voters and the near monopoly Obama had in that vote, then you can argue that it was a significant factor in his win.
Mr. Houston's column, and the replies to it, don't at all represent the complexity of what McCown was trying to say. Additionally, there seems to be an inference/assumption that there was an underlying dismissal to the win. McCown didn't argue that Obama "only" won because he was black (and therefore the victory is less legitimate). He argued that his race was a major contributing factor to his win. He also stressed that his win was a good thing for the United States.
McCown's program is available on podcast. The comments were in the first 20 minutes of Wednesday's show. Perhaps people should listen to it before making further judgment.