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Deval Patrick and the Curse of the 2nd Black President
The Root ^ | February 27, 2014 | Charles D. Ellison

Posted on 03/01/2014 3:11:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

If two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants to be a candidate for president in 2016, he’s faced with one problematic detail: We’ve already had a black president.

Patrick, who’s the Bay State’s first African-American chief executive, is openly chewing on a bid for the White House, answering “maybe” in a recent Politico interview when asked about a possible run. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” he said. “Let’s just see what time tells.”

The problem, though, isn’t so much convincing his wife—who’s probably attracted now, more than ever, to the notion of living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., since current first lady Michelle Obama is wearing it so well. The problem is the brewing Curse of the Second Black President. A wary and prickly American electorate that is never fully honest with itself about race will more than likely feel like it’s “been there, done that” with the black-president thing—at least for the moment. And the resounding push-back to Patrick could be something like, “We’ve been through eight years of this, fam. Can’t do that again.”

Clearly this is from the three-quarters of the electorate that’s still white and will continue to dominate the polls well into the next 20 years. (Talk all you want about people of color rising, but white folks are still running the show.) It all depends on where President Obama’s approval rating—right now at 44 percent—is by the time the 2016 Democratic primaries kick in.

Obama seemed to carefully calibrate this issue back in 2008, when he decided to pick then-senator and notorious word fumbler Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. Back then, progressive purists were pushing him to pick archrival Hillary Clinton as his running mate....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016; 2016election; blacks; cadillacdeval; democrats; devalpatrick; dookhan; dookhandeval; election2014; election2016; massachusetts; michelleobama; obama; patrickvschildren
No, I think he's serious.

Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and frequent contributor to The Root. He is also Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune and chief political correspondent for Uptown magazine.

1 posted on 03/01/2014 3:11:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Deval Patrick is equally inept as a politician as his role model. That’s why the 47% might just vote for him too in the future. I do think that liberal “White Guilt” will not be as strong as it was in 2008, though.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 3:14:43 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

Just the fact that this POS thinks he has a chance says to me that this country is toast.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 3:17:28 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A Liberal from MA. LMAO.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 3:24:32 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The majority of U.S. voters should be tired of voting for a POTUS candidate from Massachusetts, too.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 3:25:37 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“three-quarters of the electorate that’s still white and will continue to dominate the polls well into the next 20 years. (Talk all you want about people of color rising, but white folks are still running the show.) “

Take note white progressives, you are considered the enemy too.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 3:28:47 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, let’s see.
Democrats care about skin color more than anything.
Republicans don’t really care.
Obama is possibly the worst President ever.
Republicans don’t really care.
Nobody in America is smart enough to understand what is going on.
Republicans don’t really care.
The media cares about only one thing more than skin color, and that’s 1) anal sex and 2) killing babies.
Republicans don’t really care.
What’s not lo love?
RUN, colored or African American or Black or whatever Democrat, RUN!
AMERICA IS WAITING FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!


7 posted on 03/01/2014 3:43:22 PM PST by golux
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and then, there is Ben Carson


8 posted on 03/01/2014 3:46:41 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

Dr. Carson is mushy on amnesty, no sale.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 3:47:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: VRWC For Truth
A Liberal from MA. LMAO.

A lot of people here supported a liberal from Ma. in the last election.

10 posted on 03/01/2014 3:48:21 PM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, thank you. Deval Patrick has been a disaster as MA’s governor. I shudder to think what he’d do as President.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 4:11:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Read the comments. Many posts there refer to Obama as another Reagan. They call Barack another Republican that betrayed the liberal, Progressive Democratic base.
Figure that one out.


12 posted on 03/01/2014 4:17:24 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: bicyclerepair

yup...my thoughts exactly.


13 posted on 03/01/2014 4:27:22 PM PST by exPBRrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s the author, right, not Gov. Patrick? He looks like one of the Wayans clan.

Deval Patrick’s problems aren’t as described.

They are #1 - Hillary!, #2 - All the dem dames who will be thinking we need to have a dame president now, #3 - himself and his incompetent liberalism. We’ve had quite enough of that lately, but thanks for thinking of us Deval.


14 posted on 03/01/2014 4:53:45 PM PST by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he runs and wins I won’t be surprised.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 5:12:24 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VRWC For Truth

That hasn’t worked for either party for quite a while.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 5:19:23 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t give a damn about his color. I give a damn that he’s a damn democrap.


17 posted on 03/01/2014 5:24:01 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did Deval even win a majority last time he ran?

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/howie_carr/2014/02/carr_the_worst_gov_ever_let_me_count_the_ways

Worse than Dukakis.


18 posted on 03/03/2014 1:50:16 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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