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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Race Matters? Whites Over 65 Not Voting For Obama...Yet

AAPP: Well it appears that white older voters over 65 are still stuck in the past.

As reported by CBS News, Now that Democrats have voted or caucused in three states in three different parts of the country, it appears there is one crucial voting bloc that will not support Barack Obama: older Americans.

Analysis: Obama's Age Gap: Is It Race?

Obama was able to overcome a consistent age gap in Iowa because of an unusually high turnout by young voters who supported him overwhelmingly. And he may be able to carry South Carolina, where roughly half the Democratic primary voters are expected to be African-American.

But Obama’s weak performance so far among older voters substantially increases the odds against him scoring big victories in the slew of states voting on February 5th, "Super Duper Tuesday."

Hillary Clinton has dominated among voters of a “certain age.”

In Iowa, Clinton grabbed 45 percent of the 65 and up while Obama took just 18 percent. In New Hampshire, she won 48 percent to 32 percent. Among voters 60 and older in Nevada, Clinton mopped up with a stunning 60 percent to Obama’s 31 percent.

Nationally, Clinton led Obama 44 percent to 18 percent among voters over 65 in a CBS New/The New York Times poll taken January 9-12.

This could be Hillary Clinton’s secret recipe for success. That’s because older Americans turn out to vote.

Voters over 65 were a solid 22 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in Iowa.

But in Nevada, a dazzling 36 percent of the primary voters were over 60. Turnout for the caucuses was huge. Nearly a third of the state’s registered Democrats participated. All Democrats, even the over-65 crowd, are unusually motivated this year - not just the young voters Obama has energized. More HERE

AAPP: I guess my earlier remarks: Are Southern Whites Resisting Obama? Is It because of his Race? Black Man V White Woman, Can Obama Really Fight Back?

Obama Leads Hillary among black voters - 59 percent to 31 percent

(CNN) Reports Sen. Hillary Clinton has lost a large amount of support among African-Americans, with a majority of black Democrats now supporting Sen. Barack Obama, according to a new poll out Friday.

Barack Obama leads Hillary Clinton among black voters 59 percent to 31 percent

In a national survey by CNN/Opinion Research Corp., 59 percent of black Democrats backed Obama, an Illinois Democrat, for their party's presidential nomination, with 31 percent supporting Clinton, the senator from New York.

The 28 point lead for Obama is a major reversal from October, when Clinton held a 24 point lead among black Democrats.

"There's been a huge shift among African-American Democrats from Clinton to Obama. African-American Democrats used to be reluctant to support Obama because they didn't think a black man could be elected. Then Obama won Iowa and nearly won New Hampshire. Now they believe," said Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

"Obama's lead over Clinton among black men is more than 50 points, and among black women, once a Clinton stronghold, Obama has an 11 point advantage," said CNN polling director Keating Holland.

It also appears the recent bickering between Clinton and Obama and their campaigns over race has hurt both candidates. Clinton has the support of 42 percent of all registered Democrats in the new survey, down seven points from last week's CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. Obama has the backing of 33 percent of those questioned, down three percentage points in a week.

The beneficiary appears to be former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who jumped 5 points, to 17 percent. More HERE

Are Southern Whites Resisting Obama? Is It because of his Race? Black Man V White Woman, Can Obama Really Fight Back?

With black support shifting toward Obama and black voters in Georgia joining voting rolls at three times the pace of whites is Obama now facing white resistance In South?

The Huffington Post reports, Donna Brazile, who ran the 2000 Gore campaign, said "my sense is that it [white southern support for Obama] is independents, college students, high income, highly educated and urban whites who often back strong Black reform candidates. More HERE


In the case of the south do you think Obama may have a hard time getting white support because Obama is Black? Do you think southerners will vote for John Edwards vs Voting for a black or a women Presidential candidate? Do you think he is taking a risk when he is attacked to fight back, against a woman? Can he fight back against Hillary's attacks? Particularly when Hillary feels she is "entitled to the Presidency," and Obama needs to wait his turn. I guess she would like to say, "First a woman, then a black. Not a black and then a women, Senator Obama."


Mitt Romney, Blacks and his scary history

Oh Hell No! Not another bigot coming in first for the Republicans. Is this going to be George Bush part 3? CBS News projects former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be the winner of the Nevada Republican caucuses More HERE. Romney who has no problems using the expression ``tar baby" -- a phrase many African Americans consider a racial epithet -- More HERE

Mitt Romney has continued to lie as he refuses repudiate Mormon racism. Also check out his comments of the great experiment of America, and how it took America a while to figure out racial hatred. The folks at Jack and Jill Politics have been following Mitt and Mormons, Romney and Race for some time. So have the many other black political bloggers and their readers.

Even Black Republicans are concerned about Mitt Romney. As reported by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Very recently, well known Black Republican J.C. Watts publicly complained that the Romney presidential campaign was absolutely void of Blacks, Hispanics or any other ethnicity other than white. It was lily white and this needed to be corrected proclaimed the former Black congressman from Oklahoma. When approached about J.C.’s comments on CNN News, Mitt Romney retorted, “What’s the charge? Is there something wrong with that?” He then explained that he hired only the best workers and if that means an all white staff – so be it. More HERE

Maybe Mitt and his team should read more about black folks within his faith, and maybe hire some black members o his own faith. But then again, as he said, 'if that means an all white staff - so be it."

All Blacks and Arabs look alike


Expect some more, Osam — uh — Barack Obama type comments from Mitt Romney in the near future. You see, Mitt Romney can't tell the difference between Osama and Obama.

Is Obama a straight talker?

Check out this article about Obama is Slate; Is Obama as much of a straight talker as he claims?


Barack Obama. Click image to expand.

Barack Obama has a great new act needling Hillary Clinton over her double-speak. He says that at the last debate when the candidates were asked to name their greatest weakness, he answered honestly (he's no good at paperwork), but Clinton and Edwards gave fake answers. Pretending to talk about their weaknesses, they actually talked about their strengths. If he'd known it was a game, said Obama at a rally in Las Vegas, he would have given the same kind of answer: "Well, ya know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible." (Or perhaps he could have answered that his weakness is that he answers questions too honestly.) More HERE

The Confederacy, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Hillary and Bill Clinton - Old Southern Racial Politics

AAPP says: Hillary and Bill Clinton's offensive remarks regarding Barack Obama has caused this pundit and many other political bloggers to take a closer look at other Presidential candidates views on color arousal or better known as race issues. International civil and human rights activist, and internet activist Francis L. Holland has uncovered an article regarding Ron Paul and what I would term, Ron Paul's racist and bigoted thoughts regarding black People.

Ron Paul is not the only candidate harboring racial hatred, Thomas B. Edsall, political editor of the Huffington Post and Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.(H/T Agent X for the link) has also uncovered some ugly truths about former Gov. Mike Huckabee. First let's take a look at some of Presidential Candidate Ron Paul's thoughts about you know what:

Race

"A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism" analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. ... What if the checks had never arrived? No doubt the blacks would have fully privatized the welfare state through continued looting. But they were paid off and the violence subsided."

Source: The New Republic

The November 1990 issue of the Political Report had kind words for David Duke.

Source: The New Republic

This newsletter describes Martin Luther King Jr. as "a world-class adulterer" who "seduced underage girls and boys" and "replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration."

Source: The New Republic

There is more

Paul reported on gang crime in Los Angeles and commented, “If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be.”

“Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the 'criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal,” Paul said.

Paul also wrote that although “we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers.”



Now regarding Gov. Mike Huckabee and his campaign to bring the confederate flag into the Presidential campaign. As Posted by Thomas B. Edsall at the Huffington Post

H/T AlterNet and Agent X for the Link

Columbia, S. Car. -- The populist campaign of Mike Huckabee, seeking to mobilize an insurgency of white evangelicals against the Republican establishment, took an abrupt turn today after the former Arkansas governor directly appealed to voters on the issue of race, summoning his fellow candidates to stop calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from government offices.

"You don't like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag. ... If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them what to do with the pole. That's what we'd do," he declared to applause at a campaign rally in Myrtle Beach Thursday.

Source: Huffington Post

AAPP: It's really a disgrace that we have to learn that politicians like the Clinton's, Ron Paul and Huckabee have all of these racial demons within them. Ron Paul '90s newsletters rants against blacks and gays are well documented. As reported by CNN, there's 20 years, give or take, worth of newsletters there. Paul said the editor of publications "is responsible for daily activities." But he also cited "transition" and "changes" and said that some people were hired to write stories "but I didn't know their names."

AAPP: Whatever Ron Paul! we get it. "Ron Paul Don't Like Black People."

Gov. Huckabee, you will never get this Pundit's vote. I don't vote for Confederate flag waving ex Gov's of Arkansas. But then again, maybe I did. I voted for Bill Clinton twice. Maybe that is the difference between you and Bill Clinton, he's a closet confederate flag waver, you just come out and say what your about. But hey, My vote may not count anyway. It seems that Republicans and Democrats know how to steal elections.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Black Caucus is divided over Obama - They misread the tea leaves

Congressional Black Caucus



Politico.com has a great post on how the Black Caucus is divided over Obama. The author of the post, Josephine Hearn, notes "More than a third of the black members of Congress are backing Hillary Rodham Clinton or John Edwards in the presidential primary, a stance that puts them at odds with many of their African-American constituents, who, recent polls show, are beginning to shift to Obama’s camp."

She also notes in the article that, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), another Obama backer, said some African-Americans in Congress had miscalculated the presidential race.

“Some of our colleagues misread the tea leaves of politics and thought it was a slam-dunk for Hillary, and it’s not,” he said.

AAPP:
it's interesting that everyone sees the the Congressional Black Caucus misread the tea leaves. It's too bad they didnot hold open meeting with their constituents to get their support on who should get the congressional districts support. It also too bad that these political misfits didnot get commitments for their districts, instead of their own families. But that is just my opinion.

Check out the post
the Black Caucus divided over Obama, HERE.
The article is a must read!



Fred Thompson's could care less about AIDS in Africa



The Washington Post
has a great article OP ED piece on Fred Thompson. I love it when WaPo calls politicians out. Now we learn that Fred Thompson would be willing to help every other country in the world, but Africa. Check out the Op Ed in which
Michael Gerson reports;

At a campaign stop attended by a CBS reporter in Lady's Island, S.C., Thompson was asked if he, "as a Christian, as a conservative," supported President Bush's global AIDS initiative. "Christ didn't tell us to go to the government and pass a bill to get some of these social problems dealt with. He told us to do it," Thompson responded. "The government has its role, but we need to keep firmly in mind the role of the government, and the role of us as individuals and as Christians on the other."

Thompson went on: "I'm not going to go around the state and the country with regards to a serious problem and say that I'm going to prioritize that. With people dying of cancer, and heart disease, and children dying of leukemia still, I got to tell you -- we've got a lot of problems here. . . . " Indeed, there are a lot of problems here -- mainly of Thompson's own making.

AAPP: Fred Thompson is scary, I agree with WaPo writer By Michael Gerson when questioned:

"What of the more than 1.4 million men, women and children who have received treatment with the help of Bush's AIDS initiative? According to Thompson, they are not a priority. The 800,000 HIV-positive pregnant women who have gotten treatment to prevent transmission to their children? Not a priority. The care of nearly 3 million orphans? Not a priority." More HERE

AAPP: I guess there will be some black Republicans who will be voting for Fred Thompson. Will you?


Rep. Jefferson Tells Court FBI Agents Bullied Him

Congressman Jefferson's Defense regarding corruption charges against him: An FBI agent cursed at me. He said, "this is going to be the worst day of your life," just before agents searched my Louisiana home. More HERE

Why Obama Will Win South Carolina

Barack Obama
Callie Shell / Aurora for TIME

One of the reasons Barack Obama will win South Carolina is because much of the state is still seriously Redneck. Oh, you think I'm kidding.

Check out the article Courting South Carolina’s Black Vote

Edith Childs has never liked her community's silent segregation. Greenwood, a racially mixed town of 30,000 people tucked amid the rolling cow pastures of western South Carolina, has admittedly come a long way since the Jim Crow era Childs grew up in. But Greenwood still has two American Legion posts — one favored by white veterans and one by blacks — and its downtown war memorial still lists the local World War I and II dead under the headings of "white" or "colored." Much of the town's social life, says Childs, 59, is similarly divided. "Black and white just don't do enough together here," she laments.

Which is a big reason why Childs, a black Greenwood County councilwoman, says she is so ardently supporting Barack Obama in South Carolina's Democratic primary on January 26, a contest that is often heavily influenced by the black vote — which makes up about half of the state's registered Democrats. When she met the Illinois Senator last spring at a black political caucus, "there was something about him I'd not seen in any politician, ever. Not just his enthusiasm, or that he was so sincere. I just saw a kind of hope that all people can relate to, not just black people. I saw in him the want for all people to come together." More HERE

AAPP: Yes, Southern Blacks may be split on Clinton vs. Obama but there is something deeper going on, that the New York Times, along with Bill and Hillary Clinton just don't get it! Maybe Bill and Hillary Clinton need to chill out.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards

Source: The Raw Story

The United States Constitution never uses the word "God" or makes mention of any religion, drawing its sole authority from "We the People." However, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee thinks it's time to put an end to that. The Raw Story

"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."

AAPP: Do you want a President that would re-write or change the Constitution so that the constitution would be in keeping with what Huckabee considers "the word" of the living god ?



More HERE

Should Race Matter in in 2008 Presidential Election? I say...



So what's up with all the coverage on "Race" in the 2008 political campaign for the White House? Why is it that so much of the coverage is now talking about the issue of race? Take for instance my Home Town Newspaper, The Washington Post. take today for an example, here are the stories related to Obama, Hillary and Race. First there is the article, The Obama of 'Dreams' a great piece on, as the writer David Ignatius, "how the past week has illustrated that race is still a campaign issue. The flap about what the Clintons meant in their comments about Martin Luther King Jr. or an Obama "fairy tale" on Iraq is overdone, but the deeper question of Obama's racial identity is not. He is the first African American with a chance to win the presidency, and many blacks -- after initially holding him at a distance -- are now treating him as a symbol of racial pride and identity. Amid this heightened sensitivity, the jostling that's normal in a political campaign is taken as a sign of disrespect." Then in the same paper, there is are articles on how Obama Rebuts Clinton's Criticisms and Clinton's 'Vetting' Attack against Barack Obama. There is more, George Will's Misstep in a Liberal Minefield.

So it is what it is. But guess what times are changing, as Wapo reported Michelle Malkin rips Hillary's side, beginning with this other Bob Johnson quote:

" 'That kind of campaign behavior does not resonate with me, for a guy who says, 'I want to be a reasonable, likable, Sidney Poitier 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.' And I'm thinking, I'm thinking to myself, this ain't a movie, Sidney. This is real life.'

"Hillary's black supporters are old-school race-hustlers--not embarrassed to show bigoted contempt for non-militant, achieving blacks. Whatever you think of Obama's politics and qualifications to be president, he is a successful person and he has led an impressive campaign.

"Without having to bow and scrape at the foot of racial demagogues like Al Sharpton and his ilk. Which is apparently what earned him the Sidney Poitier remark from Robert L. Johnson. This is how they view Obama--as the unbearably, too perfect, too presumptuous, accomplished black doctor character in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.' "

Andrew Sullivan finds yet another reason to bash Hillary and her hubby:

"I'm not objective on the Clintons. But it's an opinion gained from many years of observing their cynicism, shallowness, self-serving machinations and self-righteousness. And, no, I do not believe that Bill Clinton is doing what he's doing out of marital duty either. Please. We all know what Bill Clinton believes he owes his wife as a wife. But what he owes her as a political device to regain power for the two of them is another matter.

"And the truth is: former president Bush never trashed his son's rivals as Bill Clinton has Obama; and has kept an admirable arm's length distance from his son's administration. Bill Clinton is campaigning for himself as well right now, his own future power. He'll be in a Clinton White House, ready from Day One. And if they get there for a third term, the marital psychodrama they inflicted on us for eight long years will be with us once again."

AAPP says: So, thank you Washington Post, for reporting on Obama. I just wish the reports could be more related to his plans and policy ideas, and less on race.


Give Credit To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With all of this talk about the role of Lydon B. Johnson's in pushing through the 64 Civil Rights legislation, we need to make sure that Dr. Martin Luther King and SCLC who lead mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, get credit when credit is due. They were the ones who lead non violent demonstrations in which unarmed black demonstrators and police armed with dogs and fire hoses beat black folks, which generated newspaper headlines throughout the world. It was King and SCLC that caused then President Kennedy to respond to the Birmingham protests by submitting broad civil rights legislation to Congress. The legislation was later passed and signed after his death, and with support from blacks across America through their elected representatives as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Further more, No one appears to be talking about the role of Martin Luther King and for that matter Malcolm X. The fact of the matter is the one time that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X worked behind the scenes to get the Civil Rights bill through Congress. They meet on March 8, 1964, and Malcolm X awaited King at a press conference on March 26, 1964 (below).





Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X at the United States Capitol on March 26, 1964. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the bill.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X at the United States Capitol on March 26, 1964. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the bill.


Get this, Most Democrats from the Southern states opposed the bill, including Senators Albert Gore Sr. (D-TN), J. William Fulbright (D-AR), and Robert Byrd (D-WV). I guess LBJ was not that great. Let's be clear folks, It was LBJ's FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's extensive efforts to undermine King's leadership and King's public criticism of U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War which led to strained relations with Lyndon Johnson's administration.

So Ms. (Bill)illary Clinton, stop the noise, give credit where credit is due.


- African American Political Pundit


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Is Obama surrendering on military spending

Is Barack Obama is forsaking the position of most African-Americans on the issue of over-escalating US military spending. Check out Glen Ford's most recent article on Barack Obamas' ever changing position. I think you will agree, Obama's surrender should be a concern to any progressive American.

H/T Progressive.org



Obama surrenders on military spending

By Glen Ford

Sen. Barack Obama is forsaking the position of most African-Americans on the issue of ever-escalating U.S. military spending. And progressive black leaders are letting him get away with it.

For decades, Black America has maintained a general consensus in favor of “butter” in the national “butter or bullets” debate. The call for a “Marshall Plan” to rebuild America’s cities has been a constant in African-American public discourse, inevitably coupled with demands for lower military spending.

The collapse of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty under a tsunami of Vietnam expenditures proved that war spells the death of urban domestic dreams.

Now, however, for the first time since World War II, we witness a self-imposed silence on war spending among a number of black opinion-molders who would be shouting their heads off at the prospect of an even larger U.S. military establishment. The reason for this voluntary stand-down: Barack Obama supports the addition of nearly 100,000 soldiers and Marines in coming years, and he doesn’t want to be embarrassed by loud black voices of protest during his dash for the brass ring.

“I strongly support the expansion of our ground forces by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines,” Obama told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs last April.

That’s precisely the number favored by President Bush’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates over a five-year period at a cost of $108 billion, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. Sen. Hillary Clinton would add at least 80,000 troops, Rudy Giuliani wants 70,000 additional pairs of boots on the ground, somewhere on the planet, and Mitt Romney would add 100,000.

More HERE

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Republicans battle it out in Michigan

Politico.com reports Mitt Romney has won the Michigan GOP primary, throwing Republican contest into further disarray, and Hillary Rodham Clinton wins an essentially uncontested race for the Democrats. Read More HERE. Politico.com also reports former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney snatched his first victory in a big primary as his Michigan Republicans turned out for him. Romney, a favorite son who hails from the state and whose father was once its governor, was seeking a boost after coming in second in Iowa and New Hampshire. (He won in tiny Wyoming, a state where few of his opponents bothered to campaign.) Sen. John McCain trailed him by about five percentage points with a handful of precincts reporting.

Turning New York Around


Errol Louis of
The New York Daily News said polls suggests that once-overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton from black voters, even on her home turf, can be captured by Barack Obama. I agree. Check out what else Errol Louis has to say about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. You will see I'm not the only one that thinks Hillary is vulnerable.


Errol Louis

Up to Obama to turn lead into N.Y. win

The New York Daily News' poll suggests that once-overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton from black voters, even on her home turf, can be captured by Barack Obama if he plays his cards right. In a race that has already seen record turnout and last-minute voter swings, that's cause for concern to Team Clinton.

Hillary knows her smashing success in New Hampshire, aided by a last-minute surge of supporters, reflects a level of voter volatility that makes the race unpredictable. That X-factor worked for her in New Hampshire; it could backfire in New York.

As an incumbent, Hillary can't be sleeping well knowing that a quarter of New York Dems told our pollster that they changed their mind about who to support in the last month, with 21% saying they still haven't made up their minds.

The fact that a majority of black New Yorkers have switched from Clinton to Obama is even worse news for the former First Lady, since unusually strong turnout by black voters could lead to a freakish, New Hampshire-style surprise on Primary Day. More HERE

More Links to Errol Louis' Recent Columns


Hillary v Obama Some Observations

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Below are excerpts from this week's Talk Talk, Hillary Gets Real(ity).
Every Sunday CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, January 13, 2008 after watching "The Chris Matthews Show"
and "Meet the Press".

Salit: Here's one thing that I take away from Hillary Clinton's presentation on "Meet the Press." She frames the campaign between herself and Barack Obama as a choice between "rhetoric and reality." Her message, just below the surface, is you can only do so much, and you have to accept the limitations of reality. If you accept the limitations of reality, she's the better choice because she knows how to navigate (i.e. triangulate) reality. Obama knows how to put forth rhetoric, but doesn't really have a grasp of reality. And her unstated conclusion is: Don't think that you can make any kind of dramatic changes of the sort that Obama is envisioning in his rhetoric. This is the way things are and, consequently, I'm your best bet.

Newman: I think what you're saying is surely one valid way of putting it. I might be inclined to put it a little differently. I think she's also articulating a distinction between realities and possibilities.

Read Talk Talk in its entirety here.

Mike Huckabee as the next black President? Oh no they didn't!


Damn, can a brother get some respect? You know, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.





Barack Obama


First it's Bill Clinton as America's
First Black President, (who started that garbage anyway, Toni Morrison)? Now Micheal Goldforb at the weekly standard has Gov. Mike Huckabee as America's second black President. OK so Micheal Goldforb's does not know how to spell Martin Luther King's name. I have a quick quiz for you at the end of this post.

So why should we believe in someone who writes for the weekly Standard, thinks Mike Huckebee could be America's Second Black President, and actually writs a story with that heading. Well we should not believe in Mr. Goldforb, but he is sure right when he wrote, "If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, but alienates African-Americans in the process, Mike Huckabee could be an unwelcome opponent. His cultural conservatism and his populist message could be a winning combination for black voters who are unwilling to overlook her disparaging comments about Barack Obama and Marin Luther King." Yes, Mike Huckabee could be America's next President? Be that as i may check out the article:

Could Mike Huckabee be America's Second Black President?
By Micheal Goldforb

Given the suddenly painful and prominent debate over race relations currently going on among Senators Clinton and Obama, and among Democratic leaders, it's worth noting that there's one Republican presidential candidate who has demonstrated an ability to win African-American votes: Mike Huckabee.

Exit polls show Huckabee won 48 percent of the African-American vote when he ran for Governor in 1998, and though experts apparently agree that that figure is too high, there's no doubt he did better than most Republicans do:

The 1998 polling was presented in a book by Matthew Streb, now a professor at Northern Illinois University.

Streb on Wednesday said he agreed the results may be incorrect.

“I stand by the fact that Huckabee did well among African-Americans,” Streb said. “Did he actually do 48 percent, which is what the exit polls show? That’s questionable.”

Barth said it’s more likely Huckabee gained 20 percent of the black vote in 1998, his first try for a full term against Democrat Bill Bristow...

Stacy Williams, a Little Rock-based political consultant, said Huckabee could easily duplicate his statewide success on a national scale.

“He breaks the traditional mold of the Republican in trying to persuade African-Americans to vote for him, and that’s what he did in Arkansas,” Williams said. “African-Americans are pretty much like anybody else; if you advertise them or target them and solicit their support, you’re going to be successful...”

“I do believe that the facts will bear out that Huckabee went beyond (Clinton) in employing key African-Americans on his staff and administration and also in appointing them to boards and commissions,” Williams said.

If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, but alienates African-Americans in the process, Mike Huckabee could be an unwelcome opponent. His cultural conservatism and his populist message could be a winning combination for black voters who are unwilling to overlook her disparaging comments about Barack Obama and Marin Luther King. It might prove one more surprise in an electoral cycle full of them. More HERE

AAPP: Is it true? Are African-Americans pretty much like anybody else; if you advertise them or target them and solicit their support, will a republican candidate be successful in gaining our support? Only time, Mike Huckabee's campaigning in black communities, and election day results will tell. As blogger Edward Morrissey has noted, The bottom line is, Bill Clinton has gotten a lot of mileage out of the notion that he was somehow the nation's first black president, but that may be coming to an end.

Quiz: Name 10 white famous American political figures or political activist who you would consider Blue Eyed Soul Brothers or Blue Eyed Soul Sisters?



Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hillary Clinton Supporter Says Obama is " Guess who is Coming to Dinner"

Hillary Clinton and her negro surrogates are at it again. This time it's Robert L. Johnson, the founder of BET, who greeted Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a rally in Columbia, S.C. Hillary and her surrogates are not making many black friends with this racial talk about M.L. King and Obama being the "Guess who is coming to dinner." candidate.

Hillary should know M.L. King is like Mother Theresa in Black America. An attack on M.L. King is an attack on the core of Black America. Obama would be wise to stay out of Hillary and Bill's attempt to bait and marginalize him as the "black candidate."

Check out blogger Gina at What About Our Daughters who says, " Of all the people to attack Barack Obama and defend Billary's racial street cred, tell me WHY? WHY? WHY? did they have to drag out Bob Johnson, multimedia crack cocaine dealer, hater of working class Black people, and exploiter of African American women and children? They are either desperate, stupid, or out of touch to believe that such a reviled figure such as smut peddling Bob Johnson would provide them cover in the Black community. She might as well have grabbed Don Imus to come stump with her in South Carolina."Read more about her thoughts on this mess HERE. Yes, I must say, The Field Negro is right it's getting ugly.


(Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Robert L. Johnson, right, the founder of BET, greeted Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a rally in Columbia, S.C.

The NY Times reports, Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who is campaigning today in South Carolina with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, just made a suggestion that raised the specter of Barack Obama’s past drug use. He also compared Mr. Obama to Sidney Poitier, the black actor, in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

At a rally here for Mrs. Clinton at Columbia College, Mr. Johnson was defending recent comments that Mrs. Clinton made regarding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She did not mean to take any credit away from him, Mr. Johnson said, when she said that it took President Johnson to sign the civil rights legislation he fought for

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Dr. King had led a “moral crusade,” Mr. Johnson said, but such crusades have to be “written into law.”

“That is the way the legislative process works in this nation and that takes political leadership,” he said. “That’s all Hillary was saying.”

He then added: “And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood –­ and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book –­ when they have been involved.”

Moments later, he added: “That kind of campaign behavior does not resonate with me, for a guy who says, ‘I want to be a reasonable, likable, Sidney Poitier ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.’ And I’m thinking, I’m thinking to myself, this ain’t a movie, Sidney. This is real life.”

A former Clinton campaign official in New Hampshire had to resign last month after he publicly suggested that Republicans would probably use Mr. Obama’s drug use in his youth, which he first wrote about in his memoirs, against him.

Update: 5 p.m. Mr. Johnson just released this statement, through the Clinton campaign:

My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer, and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect.

“When Hillary Clinton was in her twenties she worked to provide protections for abused and battered children and helped ensure that children with disabilities could attend public school.

That results oriented leadership — even as a young person — is the reason I am supporting Hillary Clinton.”

Update: 6:30 p.m. Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman said: “His tortured explanation doesn’t hold up against his original statement. And it’s troubling that neither the campaign nor Senator Clinton — who was there as the remark was made – is willing to condemn it as they did when another prominent supporter recently said a similar thing.” More HERE


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Obama to Clinton: I didn't make that `ill-advised' remark on King

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The Mis-Education of Barak Obama, oops Deval Patrick.

I was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I've been wondering for the past month or so, whether my new support for Barack Obama could bite me in the ass later. I was just reading a great article in the Boston Globe regarding The Mis-Education of Deval Patrick. In the article the writer notes that Gov. Deval Patrick (who is black) united the state in ways nobody had dreamed possible. Now, looking back on his first year, everybody is reminded that even outsiders have to come inside to play eventually.

Obama tends to campaign the same way now Gov. of Massachusetts Deval Patrick campaigned. It may be instructive to take a look at the article
HERE.

Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton and Race Matters

Shuck and Jive - Hillary Clinton's Racial code Words to Remind Whites of Obama's Race.

Finally Black folks and some whites are peeling the onion back, and finding out that the Clintons' are human, and can make the same bigoted comments as other Americans with Color Arousal Syndrome. Both Hillary and Bill Clinton have pulled out their exclusive " Get Back Obama - Race Card" In fact, even a key S.C. endorsement the highest-ranking African American in Congress, seems to be just a bit pissed off with the Clintons about their civil rights history and the "fairy tale" comments.



It is true,
Hillary Clintons' arrogance is shining through her tears even as the Clintons' move to ease the racial frictions. Now the Clinton's are blaming the Obama camp over the remark saying the Obama camp is distorting her words. Whatever!

Hillary and Bill Clinton
Photo Source Politico.com

I guess Bill Clinton thinks he can explain his Obama "Fairy Tale" comments away by calling up Al Sharpton. Now Clinton's are the talk of the town, from NY to South Carolina.




Congressman Clyburn who has commented on the statements made by the Clinton's. Cylburn's statement signals clear displeasure with Clinton comments. Personally I'm glad to see that black folks are holding Hillary accountable for her comments about Martin Luther and her efforts of castrating a dream, particularly when Bill Clinton wants to continue to defend his "fairy tale" remark about Obama. I guess Bill Clinton would rather argue his point and act like he, his wife and surrogates have not been placing the "Race Card" and the "Class Card" into play in the 2008 Presidential election. but I guess they don't care, now Hillary is saying: Obama Was "Part Time" State Senator. The Clinton's are making it ugly folks. Let’s see? Racism, or Sexism? Which will win? Watch Out, black Republicans are loving this.



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