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The Minority Vote 2010

BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

 A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, 
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” 
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. 
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.” 
“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.” 
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.” 
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?” 
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. 
You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.” 
  
 COMMENT: You hear the political pundits say that President Obama´s Democratic Party will not do well during the upcoming election. It’s an easy call based on historical fact (the party in power always loses seats). A big reason according to a poll by the Pew Research Center is that MINORTIES tend to not vote in mid-term elections. Let’s change that 
 
 
It’s clear that the Republican Party has no interest in helping the President fix the economy or anything else and if they regain power the country will be in far worse shape. We all know that the withering attacks that this President faces daily are really racially motivated. In spite of how the media couches their words we know that white (tea party) America does not believe he should be President under any circumstances. 
The President has done many good things that have not been publicized and he deserves our support. 
  
This could be the most important midterm of our generation, encourage your family and friends to participate; the party that got us into this mess are trying to compound what they did, do not allow this to happen. If the Democrats lose control of the Congress the Republicans will not help Obama to govern, thus he becomes a lame duck and the country will be headed over the cliff. 

  
REMEMBER POLLS DO NOT VOTE PEOPLE DO!!!

The Other Side Of The Coin

By Cireal Americanus

The rhetoric from the Clinton campaign has been that she should be the Presidential Nominee for the Democratic party based on the fact that she is ahead in the popular vote and that she has a “strong base” of “Hard-Working, Uneducated, White” (H.U.W.) voters.

For those of you who listen to the “Steve Harvey” Show in the mornings on your way to work, this is a “Code Cracker” moment.

Code 1:

The Clinton campaign highlights the fact that it is ahead in the popular vote.

Code Cracker moment:

There is no way I can be the Democratic Nominee without figuring out some way to game the Super Delegates, the American Public and the nomination system.

Understand, the Clinton Campaign is behind in the Super Delegate and Delegate counts, the number of contests won, as well as the Popular vote. The only way the Clinton Campaign could take the lead in the Popular vote is if the votes of Michigan and Florida are included as they currently stand and have a strong showing in all the remaining campaigns, of which Obama is slated to win Oregon. This line of reasoning does not take into account the fact that the DNC (Democratic National Committee), definitively stated that if these two states, Michigan and Florida, violate their Primary election dates their delegates as well as votes would not be counted. The two states held elections in spite of the DNC’s rules & warnings…the rest is history.

The Clinton Campaign’s logic does not take into account the fact that since many thought the votes would not count, they did not bother to cast a ballot during their State’s primary. Nor does this logic take into account that Hillary Clinton was the only democratic name on the Michigan ballot. Ironically, early polling data showed that is was actually Obama, not Clinton, who had a lead in Michigan over the campaigns of Clinton and Edwards.

Given these two facts, the delegates and votes for both Michigan and Florida should be counted but the count should be apportioned in a way that counts the votes while addressing the states’ violations of the primary election schedule.

Code 2:

Hillary Clinton indicating that her voter base was primarily made up of H.U.W. voters.

Code Cracker Moment:

The Clinton campaign is using the “Jedi Mind” trick to persuade Super Delegates that the American public will not vote for Obama because he is Black . This is what I call the “Dog Whistle” race card. To the average person you may think she is just focusing on her voter demographics but if you look a bit closer there are some questions you have to ask.

  1. When did they stop counting African-Americans as 3/5 a person?

Since the days of Slavery when the South concocted a means to get representation in Congress for their slaves without allowing them the right to vote, it has been an up-hill battle for African American’s to be fully appreciated & recognized in Politics let alone Society. The African-American vote has been written off as being only Democratic and therefore has been taken for granted. This is to the Clinton Campaign and many others in the Democratic party a practice that says “No matter what I do or don’t do, the African-American voting block will vote Democratic.”

With Sen. Obama having 90-95% of the African-American vote, the Obama Campaign has put a lot of the traditionally Red/Republican states in play for the General election that the Democratic Party would have normally counted as a loss, i.e. South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, etc.. This new map negates the Clinton Campaign’s argument that their candidate is the best qualified because of the H.U.W. voters, a demographic Obama is increasingly winning over by the day.

  1. Where were these H.U.W. voters in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections?

Historically, these same voters either vote Republican, if they vote at all. A colleague of mine was amazed at the number of Bush/Cheney signs he saw in a Rural town in North Carolina during the 2004 Presidential Election. In spite of the poor economy and the fact that they have nothing to gain voting for the Republican party, e.g. Job outsourcing, Corporate tax breaks, Decrease in the Capital Gain Tax,etc this demographic typically votes Republican. The emergence of the H.U.W. voter on the political scene seems to be more of a function of voting against a viable Black candidate (for fear of a Black President) vs. A strong belief and commitment to the Clinton Campaign and/or ideology.

At this point, the nomination belongs to Sen. Barack Obama. This is the consensus of the Pundits, the Super Delegates and even the Republicans, as evidenced by Bush’s shameful pandering to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) as he tried to turn a Domestic issue/campaign into an opportunity to discredit Sen. Obama on an International stage . This is also the quiet consensus of the Obama campaign as they are visibly beginning to focus their efforts on key states needed to secure a victory in the General Election against Sen. McCain.

The only question now is VP Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Hillary Clinton. Only time will tell. But that is another article all together …………………………..

 

SNL: Hillary Clinton Is A Sore Loser

Sometimes satire can really speak the truth… Saturday Night Live turned the tables on Hillary this weekend. Do you think she’s laughing about this skit? Probably not, but you will find yourself agreeing with Amy Poehler’s spoof on Hillary. What do you think?

 

HRC Finally Wins A Primary

Sen. Hillary Clinton did what her camp stated she must do in order to stave off Sen. Barack Obama’s perceived momentum. Add to her win column the states of Texas, Rhode Island and Ohio. The late deciding voters were key to her winning Texas and her negative campaigning did impact how voters looked at Obama.

Clinton is still trailing in the number of pledged delegates but is pushing to have the primary election of Florida and Michigan reinstated. She will (has) do whatever is necessary to win the nomination.

Superdelegates will be the deciding factor in nominating the Democratic Party’s representative… it will be a death blow to the DNC/DP and the GOP will win big in November.

Get used to saying President John McCain.

Are Black, Democratic Politicians Sell-Outs?

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Al Sharpton’s nationally syndicated talk radio show is quickly becoming “must hear” for  African-Americans who are political junkies… especially during this primary season. Today, Rev. Al introduced a topic to his audience that I know many African-Americans are discussing amongst their friends and families. The topic was this; are the African-American politicians endorsing Hillary Clinton “sell-outs” for not backing Barack Obama?

Wow!

The first thing I thought as I tuned in was that this must be a first in African-American political history… Black Democrats being labeled “sell-outs.” Typically, that term is saved for our brothers and sisters of the Republican persuasion only (i.e. Michael Steele, Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, etc.)

However, Sen. Obama has ignited something within the masses of Democratic African-Americans that has never been seen (respect to Jesse Jackson in ’84, ’88). To illustrate a simple example of the street passion of Obama’s campaign look no further than what vendors are selling in Atlanta. In large quantities, t-shirts are being sold with the image of both Dr. Martin L. King and Barack Obama… the script reads “The Dreamer… The Dream.” 

Caller after caller voiced their opinion passionately about their disappointment in their “leadership” for not supporting Obama. One caller stated that the elected officials have the obligation to endorse the choice of their constituents. He also believed that if they didn’t, then the people who voted them in should vote them out.  Rev. Al showed some constraint and wouldn’t call anyone a sell-out, but he is very disappointed with many of the things they’ve said against Obama.

You can add Rep. Maxine Waters to the long list of establishment Black Democrats that are endorsing Hillary Clinton. It makes you wonder how much money the Clintons have funneled into the coffers of African-American politicans. It is hard for one to believe that some of the staunchest advocates for African-Americans are totally lock step with the Clintons without there being some sort of payback being involved.

Take a look at the list of African-Americans Politicians (and others) that are endorsing Hillary Clinton. What are your thoughts? Are they sell-outs?

Welcome back Toni Morrison, but you still should apologize for your comments in ’98.

Also, is Tavis Smiley (see TJMS 1.8.08) asking African-Americans to examine Hillary Clinton’s record like he is suggesting they do for Barack Obama? Why doesn’t he just publicly come out and endorse Hillary? We all know his long relationship with the Clinton’s and his worship of Bill. The reason he cannot and won’t come out for Hillary is because he will feel the wrath of the community and lose a lot of credibility with African-Americans.

Congressional Black Caucus Is Undecided

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South Carolina

I truly believe that the upcoming Congressional Black Caucus/CNN debate in South Carolina will show the nation how divided the African-American vote is between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The CBC and its 43 members (all Democrats from 22 states representing 40 million Americans) are almost divided down the center as to who they are supporting in this race.

As of December, Clinton had the public endorsement of 12 CBC members including Rep. Charles Rangel, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Lewis and Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Obama had 12 as well including Rep. John Conyers, Jesse Jackson Jr., Elijah Cummings and Gwen Moore.  

I find it ironic that one of the CBC’s 43 members is running for the highest office in America and has only 12 CBC members endorse him publicly. That’s less than the 13 original U.S. Representatives that founded the CBC back in 1969. I wonder how many of them would have endorsed a fellow member that was running for President… probably more than has endorsed Obama. 

Bill Doesn’t Want Hill To Win

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Photo By: Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton is a political star and has the ego to prove it. His is gifted in the most important aspect of being a politician… he knows and relates to people… and more importantly, people honestly believe he does. President Clinton has that “it-factor” oozing out of his ears and has forever changed the political landscape by the way he campaigned and governed. 

That is why I don’t believe he wants his wife – Senator Hillary Clinton – to become the party nominee and possibly the next President of the United States. Can you imagine President Clinton being referred to as “The First Man?” He’s a leading actor, he is a main atttraction, he’s the “go-to” guy of the Democratic Party and now we are to believe he’ll be ok with being Robin to Hillary’s Batman? No way is Bill ok with that regardless of what you’ll hear coming from his pie hole.

Even as Hillary is slipping in the polls, her campaign continues to seek out Bill to save her and win the nomination. I think he’d be trying a lot harder and saying smarter things if he really wanted his wife to sit behind the big desk of the Oval Office.