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Why Jan Brewer's disrespect will motivate black voters for Obama
The Grio ^ | February 2, 2012 | Sam Fulwood III

Posted on 02/03/2012 9:18:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sam Fulwood III explains why Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's disrespectful gesture last week will motivate black voters to support the president in the November election.

With a waggle of her right index finger last Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer erased the question of whether black voters will be enthusiastic about going to the polls in support of President Barack Obama. Now, you can count on it.

Gov. Brewer almost guaranteed that large numbers of black voters will turn out on Election Day because they will march to the polls, still angry about Brewer's one-finger salute of the commander-in-chief. Nothing motivates voters like anger. So I envision their collective disgust to register in a wave of ballots, striking back at what so many perceive as the ultimate disrespect of the nation's first black president.

This isn't a bold prediction. Rather, it's more of a reasonable assessment of what I'm hearing and reading about the durability of the anger over the now-infamous tarmac photo. As if the picture didn't convey an outrageous message greater than 1,000 words uttered by a campaign opponent, Gov. Brewer doubled down on the prickly image to say that she poked her finger in the president's face because she f"elt threatened":http://www.thegrio.com/politics/jan-brewer-felt-a-little-threatened-by-president-obama.php by the audacity of that black man dressing her down over comments she wrote about him.

Indeed, I'm willing to be charitable on Gov. Brewer's behalf. For sure, she could never have envisioned how that split-second of her life under an Arizona sun, captured on pixels and set loose into the blogosphere, would reverberate in communities of color across the land. She probably (and accurately) expected it would help with sales of her book among conservatives who hate President Obama, but it also made her a subject of derisions, jokes, and ridicule among progressives in general and the black community in particular. And once a politician becomes the enduring butt of jokes, it's nearly impossible to repair the damage. Just ask Sarah Palin, who remains a force only among the far right.

Clearly, Gov. Brewer didn't know at that fateful moment how so many black Americans react to such gestures. No doubt she didn't know or care that many of us would decipher hidden meanings in her gesture or comments. Maybe she meant no malice. But whatever crossed Gov. Brewer's mind, she came off as disrespectful and clueless to black voters who are proud and protective of the president. And they will make her pay for being ignorant of their concerns and cavalier of their fears.

The White House, however, tried to downplay the entire incident. The president called it "no big deal." But of course he would say that and take the high road, while his political operatives made sure the real message was heard in black barbershops, beauty parlors, and churches. That's where the real political conversations among black voters are vetted, charged, and sustained.

I'm hearing an earful, nearly all of it anger at the perception of unfairness in the way the president (and his wife) are publicly portrayed. The Brewer photo only exacerbated the already-simmering feelings that started with Tea Party activists' racist signs, were perpetuated by South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe 'You Lie' Wilson's outburst, and continued with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's rude comments about the callipygian attributes of the First Lady's figure.

Lots of chatter circulates in media accounts of whether President Obama can motivate black voters this November as he did in 2008. He probably can't. The drama and enthusiasm surrounding the election of the nation's first black president can never be replicated. But it won't have to be this time around. Pride has been displaced by anger. Any lingering doubts about commitment and energy for President Obama's re-election among black voters is now moot.

Jan Brewer, thank you very much.

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Sam Fulwood III is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. His work with the Center's Progress 2050 project examines the impact of policies on the nation when there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050.


TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: arizona; janbrewer; obama; racecard
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So instead of 94% he'll get 98% of their vote? What a game-changer! [snort!]
1 posted on 02/03/2012 9:18:37 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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Why is Bishop Willard Mitt Romney not using his title? What is he trying to hide? Do we want the elder of any faith to serve as President? We need to have this conversation now!


Click to Donate to Newt Gingrich

2 posted on 02/03/2012 9:20:40 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God: Newt, and Sarah will be right next to you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brewer’s only sin was using the wrong finger.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 9:23:04 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ubama is the most powerful man in the world, yet he is so thin-skinned a little girl talking back to him can get him in a tizzy.

Frightening, really.

4 posted on 02/03/2012 9:23:29 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From what it looked like to me it was Obamasshole that was doing the disrespecting not Brewer. She was standing up to the punk and we all know Holders people don’t like that. Who cares who they vote for?


5 posted on 02/03/2012 9:23:29 AM PST by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Right, in their minds...

Mike

6 posted on 02/03/2012 9:23:46 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Right, in their minds...

Mike

7 posted on 02/03/2012 9:24:10 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama will not be on the ballot for them to vote for him!


8 posted on 02/03/2012 9:24:47 AM PST by Freeper (Obama - Please STOP representing MY country!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly. A sundial never moves so why wring our hands waiting for it to do so?


9 posted on 02/03/2012 9:25:09 AM PST by relictele (Green energy is neither)
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To: MichaelP

Blacks always have a chip on their shoulder and look for anything to blame or hate whitey.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 9:25:13 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, please, like they were going to vote for Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. In our ADD society, two months from now no one will remember it.
11 posted on 02/03/2012 9:25:22 AM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Big deal! Obama is toast!


12 posted on 02/03/2012 9:26:34 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course the claim of “disrespect” is a crock, but who would guess that this little gesture would drive the Blacks into the arms of Obama!? [The Obama Black vote will go from 98.1% to 98.2%]


13 posted on 02/03/2012 9:28:03 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: bigdirty
Blacks always have a chip on their shoulder and look for anything to blame or hate whitey.

Not ALL blacks.....

But it does seem like a majority do.....

14 posted on 02/03/2012 9:29:18 AM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How many Black Republicans - prominent Republicans - voted for Obama? I thought we were post this!

TS

15 posted on 02/03/2012 9:29:34 AM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
obama brewer, obama and brewer
16 posted on 02/03/2012 9:30:08 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: FrankR

17 posted on 02/03/2012 9:31:56 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I doubt Obama voters even watch or read the news to the degree news junkies do or even casual observers.

No Difference

Then a headline says she "shoved" her finger into his face.

The rest of the viewers are buying her book.

By mid-morning on Thursday, “Breakfast With Scorpions” had jumped several hundred thousand places to #56. A little later in the day, in the afternoon, she was up to #20. And Jan 27, Jan Brewer has a Top 10 Bestseller on Amazon.-The Blaze


18 posted on 02/03/2012 9:41:10 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

19 posted on 02/03/2012 9:44:18 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What? They gonna register under yet another fictitious name and vote that one, too?
20 posted on 02/03/2012 9:45:33 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Joe the Pimpernel
I believe he turned away from her as he considered how it would look to his Muslim brotherhood and friends in distant lands. This follow-up, I'm sure, is to make others cower at a claimed inflaming "black anger," which as been pointed out, is probably anything but a significant factor.

Countervaling to black anger is all the cheering the rest of us have been doing to see someone--as opposed to wimpy Congress-types--standing up to Zero and seeing him back down. That's probably the more significant reaction and would work to deepen Barry's negatives.

HF

21 posted on 02/03/2012 9:46:10 AM PST by holden
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

a black lefty thinks somethings good for Obama...I’m shocked.


22 posted on 02/03/2012 9:46:57 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: PzLdr

that’s waysist!


23 posted on 02/03/2012 9:47:09 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They all ready have a motivator, it’s called race. Another one would be redundant.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 9:48:20 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: ErnBatavia

He,s touching her,!!!


25 posted on 02/03/2012 9:51:32 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ErnBatavia

He,s touching her,!!!


26 posted on 02/03/2012 9:51:32 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

27 posted on 02/03/2012 9:51:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s putting his hand on her and THAT is disrespect. He deserves at best no more respect than the democrats gave to Bush. He’s a worthless POS who daily disgraces the office and the Constitution; he deserves no respect.


28 posted on 02/03/2012 9:54:36 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Coming soon to a republic near you.

Mugabe and The White African

29 posted on 02/03/2012 9:56:50 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Romney seems like a creature put on Earth to blend in with the humans and report back what he finds.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here are some numbers: 2110000 votes in 2008.
Blacks are 3.1% of the population 65400 votes - which Obama carried 97-3 So the 1900 black people who voted for McCain are enraged at Brewer.. Yes, that IS a game changer... Two days, two stories about Obama carrying AZ. Yesterday it was the sympathy vote for Giffords, today it is Brewer pointing her finger at THE ONE. The Donks in AZ are grasping for something.
30 posted on 02/03/2012 10:00:31 AM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: All

As a voting block (Black Conservatives excluded), black people are brainwashed...no big loss.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 10:02:59 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: Fresh Wind

32 posted on 02/03/2012 10:04:16 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think it will be as much a motivator as Democrats hope.

Blacks are hurting because of super high employment. They know that it’s not whities fault on this.


33 posted on 02/03/2012 10:06:11 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will someone PLEASE point out where Brewer was “disrespectful”? I have seen the images of the note she gave him - nothing disrespectful there. So what else did she do that “dissed” The One?


34 posted on 02/03/2012 10:17:03 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Big deal! Obama is toast!

Not unless someone can unify Republicans - because the party right now is as fragmented as I have ever seen it - and I'm not sure either of the "frontrunners" can garner enough support from the base to win - much less the idiot independents who are swayed by sweet talk as Obama likes to dish out.

35 posted on 02/03/2012 10:19:48 AM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Disrespect”? I believe it was the little kenyan kid that started the pie fight. Too bad we don’t have a president man enough to apologize.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 10:24:36 AM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Puleeze, Brewer did that in January and the election is still over 8 month’s away. Like anyone is going to remember this.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 10:37:41 AM PST by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: PzLdr
Brewer’s only sin was using the wrong finger.

LOL, exactly!

38 posted on 02/03/2012 10:38:39 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Gov. Brewer got played. He’s much, much better at weasel games than she ever will be.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 10:38:49 AM PST by SuzyQue (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>>With a waggle of her right index finger last Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer erased the question of whether black voters will be enthusiastic about going to the polls in support of President Barack Obama.<<<

Someone should wave a ‘Help Wanted’ sign in their faces.

According to Sam Fullwadd III they’d presumably all run out and get jobs.


40 posted on 02/03/2012 10:44:30 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: bigdirty

With blacks going for him 90+% anyway, how is this even a story? And are blacks a big voting bloc in Arizona? Sounds like someone’s trying to work the inevitable reelection angle.


41 posted on 02/03/2012 10:46:27 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: FrankR

LOL


42 posted on 02/03/2012 10:49:34 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Respect is EARNED, not GIVEN. I would think this writer understood the distinction. Not all, but many blacks are just looking for a reason to be angry. If they spent as much time and energy working and pursuing the American dream they would find life is much more fulfilling.


43 posted on 02/03/2012 10:57:07 AM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nothing motivates voters like anger.

Actually, that's not true. Fear is a stronger motivator.

See mid-term elections, 2010.

44 posted on 02/03/2012 11:11:43 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh goodie, the black vote for Obama will go up from 99.970% to 99.971%
45 posted on 02/03/2012 11:14:13 AM PST by Sea Parrot (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bigredkitty1

I should have clarified my earlier post. The Marxist dung beetle currently defiling the White House has done nothing to earn my respect. What he has earned is my revulsion and loathing at his systematic dismantling of the country I love. The damage he and his America-hating cronies have done in 3 years will take decades to rectify, if it can be undone.
I don’t care if black voters are in high dudgeon over the perceived slight given to this Kenyan clown by Gov. Brewer. I am incensed at his daily disrespect and contempt of the Constitution, the country and her citizens. November cannot come fast enough for me.


46 posted on 02/03/2012 11:37:01 AM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author has obviously confused the meanings of “callipygian” and “steatopygous.”


47 posted on 02/03/2012 11:59:55 AM PST by LiveFree99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gov. Brewer almost guaranteed that large numbers of black voters will turn out on Election Day because they will march to the polls, still angry about Brewer's one-finger salute of the commander-in-chief. Nothing motivates voters like anger.

Ya know, I don't care.

If these people are stupid enough to vote for Obama because a governor pointed at him, and they think that was some kind of racist gesture...

SCREW THEM ALL, they are a drag on America as the Founders intended it, and are of no use to the country.

Let them stay on welfare until the country goes bankrupt. They will come and try to take my stuff when their EBT cards stop working, upon which they will end their useless travail on this earth.

I'm serious. We as conservatives have got to stop pandering to racist people like these. Just assume they are lost.

48 posted on 02/03/2012 12:46:12 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: holden

She should have kneed him in his vagina for putting his hands on her.


49 posted on 02/03/2012 12:50:52 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Thanks a lot. I’m eating.

At least I was eating.


50 posted on 02/03/2012 2:23:02 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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