Apparently, for Obama:
A broad multiclass, multiracial movement is converging around Obama’s “Hope, change and unity” campaign because they see in it the thrilling opportunity to end 30 years of ultra-right rule and move our nation forward with a broadly progressive agenda.
-Communist Party USA Editorial: Eye on the Prize
and against Palin:
The selection of Sarah Palin by John McCain as his vice presidential running mate is perhaps one of the sharpest expressions of the decrepit and cynical outlook of the U.S. ruling class. Many in the corporate media have hailed the choice as “progressive.”
However, even the most cursory glance at Palin’s politics is enough to turn your stomach.
The capitalist class understands that in order to maintain their rule they must appear “with the times” so as not to reveal that capitalism, as the present expression of class society, is itself the basis of racism and sexism. Under pressure from below, the capitalists have been forced to appeal to layers of society that historically have largely been without a voice: women and Blacks in particular.
But for Marxists, it is the class interests represented by a candidate that determines our approach. Whether they are male or female, White or Black, none of these candidates represent a challenge to the capitalist system. On the contrary, they are scrambling to prove their allegiance to the system.