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Obama's win apparently hasn't helped black politicians in campaigns (ROFL)
Wash Post ^ | 6/4/10 | Perry Bacon

Posted on 06/04/2010 12:34:24 AM PDT by pissant

Eighteen months after Barack Obama's presidential win seemed to usher in a new era in racial politics, a different reality has emerged: African American candidates in campaigns nationwide are struggling so much that it's possible that there will be no black governors or senators by next year.

The drubbing Tuesday of Rep. Artur Davis (D), who was running to be the first black governor of Alabama, was the latest in a series of defeats this year of African American politicians in primaries for statewide office. And two of the three who already hold major statewide posts are leaving them. One of the nation's two black governors, New York's David Paterson (D), who has been plagued by ethics scandals, opted not to run this fall -- the same decision made by the only black senator, Roland Burris (D-Ill.).

The only African American favored to win a gubernatorial or Senate race is Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick (D), who is running for a second term.

Aspiring black politicians, such as Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D-Fla.), who is seeking a Senate seat, are underdogs in general-election contests. And while a number of black Republicans are running, many are losing in primaries.

The defeats suggest that Obama's victory did not herald greater success for other black politicians.

"We have had breakthroughs, but the obstacles are still there," said Christopher Edley, who was special adviser for the President's Initiative on Race in the Clinton administration and is now dean of the University of California at Berkeley's School of Law. "The bench is weak. If you look at lower office levels or state legislatures, I think the picture is dramatically better, but we haven't been able to bring enough people up from there."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: larrysinclairslover; magicnegro; obama
The worst thing that could have happened to the democrat plantation blacks was for the black Jimmy Carter to obtain office.

Best advertisement against affirmative action in history.

Best gun and ammo salesman in history.

Worst insult to black male machismo in history.

1 posted on 06/04/2010 12:34:25 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

I may be wrong, but my take on it is that nobody in their right mind is going to sign on to a Black candidate right now, that they aren’t damned certain about. While that is probably the man-child’s fault, it’s also a wise stance on any candidate, White or Black.

I think we’re going to know a lot more about our presidential candidates in the future, before we vote for them in the primaries.


2 posted on 06/04/2010 12:39:49 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: pissant
Christopher Edley, who was special adviser for the President's Initiative on Race in the Clinton administration

Didn't read on--how can we possibly take this person seriously unless we know if he's black or white????

3 posted on 06/04/2010 12:40:48 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: pissant
He's arab/white, not black/white.
4 posted on 06/04/2010 12:42:53 AM PDT by allmost
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To: pissant

I’d vote for Thomas Sowell in an instant.


5 posted on 06/04/2010 12:44:42 AM PDT by DB
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To: pissant

This article shows why liberals are the biggest racists around. My apologies to Perry Bacon if he voted Republican in the last election, or in any election, for that matter.


6 posted on 06/04/2010 12:48:04 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: DB

Like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell is not black.


7 posted on 06/04/2010 12:49:01 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: JohnLongIsland
Like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell is not black.

Then what race are they?

8 posted on 06/04/2010 12:52:46 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: pissant

Well, you know the old adage that works in every situation and applies to everyone: “You reap what you sow”.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 12:54:01 AM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: pissant

The defeats suggest that Obama's victory did not herald greater success for other black politicians.

Surprise, surprise: BO has no coattails.

The majority of black politicians in Washington are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, representing districts that are disproportionately liberal and African American, making it difficult for them to build broader coalitions of supporters to win a statewide race.

This is just common sense: a politician of any color or ethnicity has to build a broad base of support if he wants to win higher office representing greater numbers of people. They sound as if they've just discovered this. Duh.

African Americans "are so invested personally in Barack Obama the man, and it's unique to him," said Cornell Belcher, a black pollster who worked on the Obama campaign. "They are invested in him in a way they are not in other black political leaders."

This is all about BO and not about our country or anyone else in it.

10 posted on 06/04/2010 12:59:50 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: pissant

A black client in DC during the ‘08 primaries said no way she would vote for Obama. She was concerned about his lack of actual real-world experience, and didn’t want him to win because if he messed up, it would ruin any future hopes for blacks for generations. She’s looking mighty prescient now.


11 posted on 06/04/2010 1:00:03 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: pissant

Like Me Old Daddy used to say: “Some good comes from all bad”


12 posted on 06/04/2010 1:04:54 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I am dreaming of the day when ZERO is Gone. The sooner the better for US.)
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To: EDINVA
He's not ‘black’. He is half white, 37.5% arab and 12.5% african/black. He is a mullato. A good thing for an American. He is not an American though...
13 posted on 06/04/2010 1:05:06 AM PDT by allmost
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To: pissant
Arthur Davis is a race baiting, income redistributing, reparationist.
14 posted on 06/04/2010 1:14:04 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Obie Wan Nairobi from the 1/2 dark side. The farce with this one strong, it is...)
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To: TheThinker
Like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell is not black.
Then what race are they?

Ask any liberal, they'll be more than happy to explain it.
;) ;) ;)

15 posted on 06/04/2010 1:14:10 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: DB

Or Herman Cain. A man of real accomplishments.


16 posted on 06/04/2010 1:15:34 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Obie Wan Nairobi from the 1/2 dark side. The farce with this one strong, it is...)
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To: pissant

Why would anyone draw a connection between Black Politician A and Black Politician B?

I sometimes wonder if we will ever stop putting people into hyphenated groups and seeing them solely as members of that group.


17 posted on 06/04/2010 1:18:03 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: pissant

Obama is bringing change to Blacks. He himself made such a point of asking people to see him as Black that he has set Blacks back 75 years by his complete ineptitude and his hate of religion and his cozying up with terrorists. There are lots of qualified Blacks, but Obama was not one of them.


18 posted on 06/04/2010 1:26:18 AM PDT by Mack Truck
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To: allmost

What was the 1/16th rule? Almost every ‘black’ or “African American” in the USA today considers Obama one of their own. Actually I don’t think of him either as ‘black’ or as ‘American.’


19 posted on 06/04/2010 1:47:51 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
I don't know what he is. I merely stated what is known of his genealogy. The most accurate would be Arab-American. He's got darker features than most so he must be black right? /s
20 posted on 06/04/2010 1:54:17 AM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

Your race should not be the main factor to get elected; it should be what you stand for; your principles/character and are you going to uphold your oath of office and obey the constitution? Or you one of these Mexican sympathizer?


21 posted on 06/04/2010 1:57:33 AM PDT by dhuynh73 (Reagan Country)
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To: dhuynh73

I was responding to the headline.


22 posted on 06/04/2010 2:00:23 AM PDT by allmost
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To: pissant

What a dumb article. Keeps talking about “black politicians,” without realizing, apparently, that there’s a big difference between Rat politicians and GOP/TEA politicians, especially this year.

There will be blacks elected, but it won’t be because they’re black. And they won’t be Democrats, I can guarantee that.

It’s the Rats who are going to get drubbed. Because they’re RED, that’s why!


23 posted on 06/04/2010 3:00:50 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Get a paper route, Billy - Len Britton, running v. Leaky Leahy http://tinyurl.com/3a5ac8o)
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To: TheThinker
Like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell is not black.

Then what race are they?

Human.

But with regards to the candidates mentioned in this article, did they really think they would win solely because they happen to be black? Such racist thinking indeed.

I don't get why liberal blacks are so hung up about race. They keep whining that "we", presumably they mean whitey people, "must look beyond race" and yet they put race above all else when it comes to all things political.

24 posted on 06/04/2010 3:03:13 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: fightinJAG
There will be blacks elected, but it won’t be because they’re black. And they won’t be Democrats, I can guarantee that.

That's the funny thing indeed. It is truly the conservative movement that looks beyond trivialities like race and sex when it comes to voting. All we care about is that our candidates love this country and adhere to the Constitution.

25 posted on 06/04/2010 3:05:21 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pissant

Ya think? The political correctness of putting a black man in office without any regard to his competence is now causing racisim. How ironic.


26 posted on 06/04/2010 3:21:58 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: TheThinker

I’ll be more than happy to answer that. THEY ARE AMERICAN! Not Afro-Americans or Blacks.


27 posted on 06/04/2010 3:22:22 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: AdaGray

...those who were already racists...stayed racists....one black man’s screwing up can change a person’s heart. It takes a heartless, hateful, Godless and cruel person to be a racist and those people come in every color. It is possible to be disgusted with this president without being a racist.


28 posted on 06/04/2010 3:55:24 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Black and Free!)
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To: pissant
Oh, look, more racism from the liberals dressed up in the guise of "progressive" "thought."


29 posted on 06/04/2010 4:00:47 AM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: pissant

It is too bad for the blacks that Obama was the “First Black President” (not counting Clinton of course). First of all, he’s not a black ... so they sort of “fell” for that half of the story. Now we have proof that a black president isn’t much different that some of the “black presidents” we see in Africa. He is giving black politicians a bad name ... people are beginning to associate “black” with “socialist.” That’s too bad for a “real” black politician that might come along later. I can hear a voter say, “nah, we tried a black president ... remember Obama?” This will set blacks back politically for generations.


30 posted on 06/04/2010 4:08:53 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Yes, Herman Cain, a man with principles and understanding.


31 posted on 06/04/2010 4:11:07 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: DoughtyOne

Thanks to BO, the”Never Again” purge is going to cut deep into this country’s mind set.
In a matter of months , Obama has set back the advances of black Americans a thousand times more than any so called “White Supremest” group could have ever even dreamed of.
What a guy.


32 posted on 06/04/2010 4:44:11 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: pissant
The only African American favored to win a gubernatorial or Senate race is Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick (D), who is running for a second term.

I don't think too many people in Massachusetts seriously believe that Deval Patrick will win a second term.

33 posted on 06/04/2010 5:18:42 AM PDT by Maceman
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...it's possible that there will be no black governors or senators by next year.

Generally we have "black" Representatives because we have created "special" gerrymandered districts to make sure they are elected.

Maybe we need a couple of "special" gerrymandered states for the same reason?

34 posted on 06/04/2010 5:23:43 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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YES WE CAN!!!!

Obama has already set race relations in the USA back 100 years.

Instead of working to bring people together as Americans first and foremost, he exploits petty differences and exacerbates existing disagreements while pursuing his agenda to bypass the Constitution and implement his brand of racist-socialism.

With his over reaching, his overt racism, and his airheaded incompetence he may well end up doing more to advance Americanism, traditional values and conservatism than any other major political figure in the last century.


35 posted on 06/04/2010 5:23:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obami-Won Kenya-obian says: "This is not your Father's America")
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To: TheThinker
Like Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell is not black.

Then what race are they?

American
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36 posted on 06/04/2010 5:28:07 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obami-Won Kenya-obian says: "This is not your Father's America")
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To: TET1968

Well, I’m not opposed to that argument. I agree. Frankly, in November 2008, when Blacks were jumping up and down for joy about the first Black President, I had no small amount of sadness knowing what a despicable man they had chosen for that honor.

There are good level headed Black men out there that could do a fine job, but they aren’t in the midst of the Democrat party. This guy has made that abundantly clear.


37 posted on 06/04/2010 5:10:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (J. D. Hayworth, the next Senator, the Great State of Arizona - Sen. Poopdeck, Panama is calling...)
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To: brwnsuga

True. But there can be no doubt that racisim is rearing its ugly head again, precisely because our fear and guilt over racism led us to put a black man in office without any serious consideration of his qualifications.


38 posted on 06/04/2010 6:01:12 PM PDT by AdaGray
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To: DoughtyOne

Mark my words, left wing solidarity, of all colors, in defense of “The One”, created the purge that has only just begun.


39 posted on 06/04/2010 6:10:15 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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