The Black Political Review

For African-American voters, the fascinating study of this primary season is found in the analysis of the Democratic Party race. There has been a whisper for many years from politically savy African-Americans regarding the blind loyalty given to the Democratic Party. This whisper has now become a mass choir of discontent as they witness the historic possibility of Sen. Barack Obama pushing to win the Democratic nomination.

Their discontent has been driven by the fact that Obama represents the promise of generations of struggle and hope which may not be realized because of Hillary Clinton. African-Americans backed her and Bill in the ’90’s, but now have invested themselves in Obama emotionally, financially and politically. Her campaign will crush millions of voting African-Americans, drive them away from the Democratic party, and result in them sitting out of the November election. 

This sentiment is being expressed by African-Americans daily on Black Talk Radio across the country. The Warren Ballentine Show for weeks has had some of the hottest, most passionate comments from voting African-Americans threatening to vote Republican if Clinton wins the nomination. Ballentine is a stong advocate for Obama and is strongly against Hillary and Bill in their charge to retake the presidency.

Black Elected Democrats such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Maxine Waters (and many others) are losing their standing too. Their African-American constituents perceive a disloyalty, hipocracy and panderism in the endorsement of Clinton. These same constituents have their eyes open and know about the “street money” and backroom promises brokered by these same officials.   

The Democratic Party knows it’s jeopardizing their most loyal supporters. Don’t think that it was coincidental that the “Dream Ticket” suggestion was raised during the Hollywood debate on CNN. That idea will continue to be floated in the liberal media. The goal is to entice the growing African-American voting block back home that is in the Obama or bust camp. It is about the Democratic Party winning in November, not what those voters are desiring. 

It is too little too late for the Dems… I (want to) believe African-American voters are FINALLY liberating their minds and vote. Now they need to get their agenda recognized by each (not either) party and leverage that power to get Real Change.


Comments on: "Blacks Will Leave Dems With Obama Loss" (17)

  1. It is about the Democratic Party winning in November, not what those voters are desiring.

    How the hell do you know? I know several Obama supporters that have repeatedly told me Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton is their “dream ticket.” Yes, actually, that IS what these voters are desiring–some of them, at least.

  2. Of course I want Barack to win the nomination but do you really believe that it will be in the interests of black America to vote republican if he does not? I don’t agree with that logic at all. If the last 7 years have not shown you tthe the republican party does not have the best interests of our community then you have been totally asleep. I don’t HATE Hillary. I just believe that Barack would be a better choice. If I had to choose between her and McCain then I would have to support her.

    Due to the under-handed tactics and inner-party polarization of Hillary Clinton, millions of Obama supporters WILL NOT support her should she become the nominee. This, in part, is due to the fact that many feel that she is already trying to cheat her way to the nomination by claiming victory in Michigan and Florida. (By the way….how did her name appear on the Michigan ballot anyway ?) Hillary Clinton has totally alienated even her own party members. This is sad….but true. She will not win the Presidency without full Democratic support. Your continued support for Clinton is actually a vote for McCain. Sorry…..these are just the facts! The really sad thing is….we used to like the Clintons ! In addition, there is a groundswell of support to draft Bloomberg as an alternative if deemed necessary; but Americans will not support corruption in this election, even in the name of Party loyalty. NOTE: Did you see that Rush Limbaugh is starting a fundraiser for Hillary called ‘Keep Her In-So We Can Win!’

  4. With the under handed tactics the Clintons have used to undermine Obama, I will vote Mccain,before i vote for Hillary. I can’t believe their running this type of campaign of sneak attacks of Obama’s religion,and him wearing a muslim outfit. I will vote republican along with my family if she gets the nomination.

  5. Hillary has been absolutely horrible and I will also cast my vote for MCCain if she steals the election with Fla and Mich.

  6. I am on the same page with Jason. I will never vote for Hillary Clinton.
    Bill Clinton never did anything for black people, and he was happy
    to throw black support out the window for his wife. I consider them
    racists. Now, they are
    trying to steal the election. Can you imagine if it had been reversed and Hillary was winning by eleven states, and Obama started talking about do-overs? I am absolutely disgusted. I am so close to becoming a Republican.
    There at least you know what you’re getting.

  7. Here in Africa, we stay up till 3am each election night waiting for
    returns and to hear another speech from BARACK. Every word from him
    lifts us, sttudents in campuses are all awake, each dem election night is like a big football match night – waiting to hear Obama – in defeat or in Victory his words remain powerful. We are grateful to God that we lived to see this man – bringing hope to the entire world. We have heard of MLK and JFK- NOW SEE , WE SEE BARACK!
    Africa will be mad if Barack is cheated!

  8. Christian said:

    The Clintons think they are entitled to priveledges from everyone but especially the African America community. The fact is that Bill (I’m the first black president) fully supported the war on drugs and the private prison expasion (AKA the prison industrial system) which has led to more black men in prison than college. Nearly 70% of the 2 million in prison are black including 800,000 non violent drug offenders that are overwhelmingly black. I for one (also my family) will not be voting for her. I would rather boycott the election. A frightening thing is that despite Obama being ahead in number of delagates and states won the super delagates of the democratic party could give her their votes which would put her ahead. Rather have an honest republican in office than a dishonest democrat that way would not feel a bitterness at being screwed over. Fact is the democrats ignore the African American vote because they assume it will always go in their favor, the republicans ignore it because they assume they’ll never get it. Both parties are now fighting over the latino vote because that is the largest minority now.

  9. A few weeks ago I was of the mind that were Hillary somehow, by hook or crook, to wind up with the nomination, I would vote for McCain. And then I came to my senses. Rather than cross over, I’m going to sit this dance out in November. And with the recent comments from that “troll” James Carville concerning Gov. Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama, I’m convinced more than ever what this country truly needs is a viable third party system because the Democrats, and certainly not the Republicans, have anyone’s best interest at heart but their own! Imagine calling a man a “Judas” for having “free will”. Last I heard, this was supposedly a free country.

  10. “Blacks will leave Dems with Obama loss” are you people serious? Where were all of you devoted voters back in 2000 when GWB was elected? we could have used you then. I’m sorry, if you care so little about your country that the only reason you come out to vote is because some rock star, american idol type has manipulated you into thinking the world will end if you don’t vote for him, STAY HOME IN NOVEMBER. Do you want another republican in office? You might not want to accept this, but Obama actually needs Hillary Clinton supporters, whites, hispanics, Jewish people, women more than she needs his supporters to win in November. It will take more than young people and blacks to push Obama over the top. If Obama supporters stay home, Hillary will still win; this is not so if Hillary supporters stay home or vote Mccain. Obama does have a serious electability problem-like it or not-its the truth. So stay home if you want.

  11. Ben,

    How is Hill-lie-ary going to win w/o winning any major city in America? They call African-Americans the base of the party for a reason.

    I, for one, will not vote for her if she, steals by hook or crook, the nomination from Obama. Personally, I am tired of voting for white people year after year w/o them even considering a candidate who looks like me. When are you going to support a viable Black candidate? Do you think the specter of Republicans winning the nomination is enough for me to swallow my self respect? Hey man, I survived Ronald (the devil)Reagan. I will survive again. That’s what Descendants of Slaves in America do.

    For Black folks who just want to get along. How many times have you been more than qualified for the job and they told you not this time.Regardless of qualifications, educations or ability to do the job. Just wait, someday it will be your turn? Someday, but not today or tomorrow. If you keep this Step and Fetch mentality, then we deserve what they been serving up for centuries. Wake up.

    I take your advice Bob and watch a basketball game on the tube that evening.

  12. Oh yeah, Ben, what this “you people” stuff? This is what I mean.

    By the way, Obama has more votes, states, and delegates. I truly think you need his people. Also, I am an Army veteran. I would’ve died for your right not to vote. It’s my prerogative to do so.

    Why does a Black man have to manipulate or be a “rock star” if he appeals to the masses? Are you saying Barack is “pimping” us hoes?

    Obama has reached across every line there is: whites, hispanics, jews, christians, handicap,etc. All Hill-lie-ary has is people like you. Just look at the difference when they make speeches. Look at who is in the background. Barack’s crowd looks like America, and Hill-lie-ary looks like a Republican picnic.

  13. I’m a white 49 year old male fromm Michigan who has religiously voted over the years for Democrats and I also will not be supporting or voting for any and all Democrats in the fall if Hillary is allowed to steal the election. I will do this because we must always show them that there will be consequences for actions otherwise nothing will ever change

    …and they don’t scare me with the McCain winning talk, the world and this nation will go on, we always do and trust me I believe he will be much better than Bush ever was.

    —come the fall I’d rather vote for the Republican devils we know than the other more devious,lying, dishonest devil who pretends to care for us but will only end up stabbing us in the back at some point in the future because we let our guard down and she has shown she is more than inclined to destroy any past supporters when it suits her interests.

  14. MK said “I am on the same page with Jason. I will never vote for Hillary Clinton.
    Bill Clinton never did anything for black people, and he was happy
    to throw black support out the window for his wife. I consider them

    Obama will lose, it a given.
    America will not, must not trust a man with ties to questionable people.
    Hillary will win the key states and the way it looks now, she can still win without the black vote since they are only 12% of the population.
    I know I will called a racist. But we need someoneint here who is not anti-American.
    Obama refused to salute the flag.
    God bless him and his family but America cannot afford at this time to elect anyone who has exihibted anti_American ways.

  15. I’m an ethnic. I have no problem with white presidents, since obviously God did this and placed them there.
    But, I am not Black, but what I don’t understand is why the Blacks don’t move to Africa and build a nation there so they could have the sovereignty they want?
    Trust me, I’m not being sarcastic, but asking a serious question.
    Why does it have to be a fight against the whites?
    Instead of marches and riots and threats, wouldn’t it be easier to move to your home continent and build there?
    The whites have ruled this country since its beginning. So, why should they give it up?
    It seems to me, though I might be wrong that the Blacks want to rule the USA.
    If I was so hated I would go back to Spain or Israel.

  16. This is the reason why I think Obama will lose against McCain, and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

    Many of us think that Obama is arrogant…and we think this will be his downfall amongst educated, well-rounded, mature and informed American voters:

    I also believe that websites like the one listed below may ultimately determine why more and more Democrats will defect to John McCain’s camp.

    Unfortunately, there is little about Obama that a website like the one below says that can be refuted…that is, unless you’ve flunked Philosphy 101 in college,or never got to college in the first place.

    Check it out:

    What can be done?

    Sooner or later all of us will have to reckon with our conscience and higher intellectual powers and when this occures we will invariably be forced to choose between either ‘principle’ or the physical attributes of the other candidate.

    Which candidate is traveling down the wrong road on critical issues?

    Which do you think will win out, come November? ‘

    ‘Higher principles’ or the ‘physical’ attributes of a particular candidate?

    Predictably, older voters will vote in favor of ‘principle’… obviously, because they are more concerned about what happens after death and the legacy they will leave behind.

    In contrast, the younger voters, since they have more time left in life to recant, are more likely to be reckless and procrastinate with any decision in favor of principle, and will likely vote in favor of ‘idealism’…

    …and these are the young and youthful voters that Obama appeals to and also why a lot of us older folks see Obama as ‘the Pied Piper of the niave’.

    However, (which is the next question that begs itself): ‘When does Barack’s own conscience begin to bother him?’

    Personally, I think Obama needs to start thinking about what he can do to ‘remake’ his image if he wants to win this election.

    I’m not sure that he’ll want to be that person he’s beginning to look like against John McCain…who today represents everything that America stands for.

    BUT, if Obama thinks he can win going the way he’s headed, then let him go for it.

    But, as for me and many like me who sit on the fence until election time in November, we’ll still be thinking about having to live with ourselves long after this election is over in November and maybe these are the thoughts that the new young voters haven’t entertained yet…

    …and, there’s still a lot that can happen between now and November…

    …and, this probably means that Obama faces a huge political swamp ahead…one that he has created for himself by being too impetuous on some very important issues…

    …which has already gotten him into trouble with some of the very wise old parents of the younger generation.

    – Jim Carder

  17. Hey Ross, who cares what Africa thinks? Can I get Africa out of my life please?

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