Skip to comments.Jesse Jackson: "Obama needs to tend more to the Black Vote"
Posted on 10/27/2010 3:49:04 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
Jackson: Obama must tend to black vote By: James Hohmann October 27, 2010 05:38 PM EDT www.politico.com ________________________ __________________
The Rev. Jesse Jackson thinks President Barack Obama could increase black turnout next week, and thus limit Democratic losses, by promising a second economic stimulus that includes funding for urban renewal.
The civil rights leader faults the Democratic Party for waiting too late to advertise in key races and laments the presidents failure to better sell his accomplishments. But he said there might still be time to stop Republicans from winning control of the House.
The black vote, which is bigger than the tea party vote, has been lying dormant, he said in an interview Wednesday with POLITICO. I argue that there may be more coffee in the pot than tea in the cup. If that vote comes alive in critical states, you can make a difference. If people vote their interests and not their fears, then we will keep it.
Record black turnout provided a key advantage for congressional Democrats in 2008, but a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll released Monday strongly suggested that many African Americans who turned out for the first time to elect Obama two years ago will stay home. In some places, the DNC has started advertising too late. Sometimes, not at all, Jackson said. Another thing is that the administration has not done a good job at telling its story.
Weve watered the leaves, he added. The banks got bailed out. The insurance companies got protected with (no) public option The generals got bailed out with the Afghan plan. The urban roots have not yet been watered. Water on roots make flowers blossom. But theres still so much confidence in the president. His direct appeal can have an impact. If that vote does accept the appeal and is promised in the second stimulus it too will be bailed out, you could get a higher-than-predicted turnout.
Jackson still speaks proudly of how Democrats averted a global economic meltdown and passed health care reform, but he says the party must more boldly fire up the African-American base. At least there is a story to be told, he said. I think that, maybe, more people must be convened to help tell that story because the focus is on the president and Palin and the tea party, but the real action is on the ground. I think much of what has come down has been very good, but it has not yet gained traction.
He called on the White House to deploy more surrogates who are able to capture peoples attention and get the message out.
Obama has ramped up outreach to African-Americans this fall. Hes given interviews to journalists and made campaign stops aimed at the constituency. But hes also had high-profile disagreements with the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP over education, employment and housing over the last year.
Stimulus has become a bad word, and administration officials have avoided using it. Theyve sought to stoke economic recovery with smaller packages, mindful of the political fallout after Democrats passed a $787 billion stimulus in February 2009. It seems highly unlikely Obama would make such a call in the next few days.
Jackson's group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has been trying to galvanize the African-American community. Theyve taken voters to the polls for early voting, and Jackson recorded a robocall message, warning voters in the Chicago area that they should vote Democrat to block Republican efforts to repeal the 14th Amendment. So we work and we hope, he said. We are not suffering from a lack of effort.
Virtually all blacks supported the Democrat over the Republican on the generic ballot in POLITICOs new poll, but only 47 percent said theyre extremely likely to vote. That compares to 73 percent of white voters, a majority of whom are backing the Republican this year.
Jackson invokes the example of 1986 to argue that African-Americans could be decisive if they get more engaged. He says that about two million new African-American voters registered Democrat during the 1984 election, and he attributes the Democratic takeover of the Senate in 1986 to their robust presence.
We won North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and California where Dems didnt expect to win that year because of the black vote, he said.
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That’s the job of the First Wookie.
I argue that there may be more coffee in the pot than tea in the cup. If that vote comes alive in critical states, you can make a difference. If people vote their interests and not their fears, then we will keep it.
Keep it up Jesse.
What a fool this guy is. Why should Obama tend to their vote when they will go 95% for him regardless?
Yeah, he might only get 90% of their vote. Go sit in the corner Jessie.
Isn't welfare, food stamps, 48-inch plasma TVs and crack enough? Jeez Louise!
he needs to shore up that last 4% that are not with him.
Please, please, please, please Mr. President- Promise that!
Offering raw cash payments might motivate the black community to vote, says The Rev. Jesse Jackson....
“Jackson: Obama must tend to black vote ... “
Well of course he should. After all, Obama is the Black’s president, not Americas President.
Woot, Woot, Reparations, bring me mo reparations. We need mo free money because we were slaves and, well, we need the money and other stuff.
Hey Jesse, How’s your “Love Child”?
I guess Jessie didn’t get the memo about gentrification of the inner cities of America.
The downtowns of America are becoming increasingly white and rich. The suburbs will be the slums of the future.
He’s asking for another stimulus package for urban renewal. Jesse’s corporate shake-down money must be running low.
The meltddown next week is going to be sweet.
Don't you see, there is trouble in the Wonderful World of (People of) Color. There have been hints and clues that the Democrat party may be losing the black vote. And if they lose the black vote, they lose.
The Rev. knows his power is going to diminish after next week. (Lawdy — looky how many bruthas on Repub side!) Gotta shore up that racism and class warfare!
Agree. What a dope ... and a very jealous dope at that.
All his attention is now on the Mexicans and gays. And the global warming idiots.
When will they realize that they've been used by the Democratic Party for about the last forty years.
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