Jack&Jill Politics: Are White Democrats Willing to Vote For Obama?

Jack&Jill Politics (9/23/08)

Are White Democrats Willing to Vote For Obama?

There are times when white people need to talk to other white people about the impact of racism.  In the case of Obama vs. McCain, Ben Smith over at Politico, shows Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, who “in an unusually blunt discussion of race, talks about the old-line white union Democrats who he says may not vote for Obama because he’s black.” Actually what he does is get real with another white person, pressing her to explain why she’s so very reluctant to vote for Obama. Trumka breaks it down saying,

“We need to get the message out that a worker who votes for John McCain is like a chicken who votes for Colonel Sanders.”

Huffington Post: From Start To Finish, Race Is The Issue

Huffington Post (9/23/08)

From Start To Finish, Race Is The Issue

And now that we are several weeks into the General Election, a daunting question is again beginning to take center stage amongst the pundits and nightly news media. A question that given the dire nature of our economy, the general distaste for the human and monetary costs of the war in Iraq, the record number of foreclosures, and the general and overriding belief that the nation is heading in the wrong direction, begs for an answer – is race the reason why Senator Obama is not at least 20 points ahead of John McCain in the polls?

I was at Invesco field when Senator Obama gave what was by all accounts an incredible speech. On the way out, as I followed the throng of people exiting the arena, I over heard a conversation between two white gentleman, who, after being suitably impressed by his speech and the flawless execution of the whole night, wondered aloud about the same thing:

“Man, that speech was amazing. That crowd was amazing. I don’t understand why we’re not up by 20 or 30 points in the polls”, said the first gentleman.

“It’s his race, pure and simple”, said the second. “It’s hard to believe, but there are still a lot of people out there that just won’t vote for a black man.”

Booker Rising: McCain, The Republican Party, And The Black Vote

Booker Rising (9/21/08)

McCain, The Republican Party, And The Black Vote

I just got off a Republican National Committee conference call for black-oriented media to discuss the political landscape leading up to November’s presidential election. The conference call featured Michael Steele, GOPAC chair and former Maryland Lieutenant Governor; Rich Beeson, the RNC’s political director; and Shannon Reeves, the RNC’s director of state and local development. Each man made comments, and then took questions from the media.

Mr. Reeves’ comments focused on local efforts. He stated that black Republican candidates are getting a benefit from the overall increased black voter registration and highlighted three such candidates on the statewide ballot in Texas: Michael Williams, chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas; Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, and Texas Supreme Court Judge Dale Wainwright. “We are reminding folks that Obama is not the only African-American candidate on the ballot”, said Mr. Reeves. He also highlighted Abram Wilson, the mayor of San Ramon, California who is running to become the first black Republican in the California state legislature since the 1930s (Mr. Steele is apparently stumping hard on his behalf).

USA Today: N.J. supremacist group passes out anti-Obama fliers

USA Today (9/23/08)

N.J. supremacist group passes out anti-Obama fliers

Residents in one northern New Jersey town received fliers over the weekend attacking Barack Obama’s candidacy on racial grounds, in what one national watchdog group is calling the first racist flier distribution against the candidate.

Roxbury Mayor Tim Smith said the fliers were dropped off at about 25 to 50 of the township’s 8,000 homes. He said nothing like it had happened before in the community of 26,000 residents.

“I’m sickened by this,” Smith said. “It’s not at all representative of our community. I want the world at large to know we’re not that kind of community — this is a place where people take care of each other and nobody cares where you’re from or what you look like.”

The flier shows unflattering photos of Obama, including a doctored one making him look like Osama Bin Laden, above text that reads: “Black Ruled Nations most unstable and violent in the world.”

The flier cites poverty, HIV, and unemployment rates in Haiti and South Africa, and warns: “The United States of America will be next! Why should we seal our fate by allowing a black ruler to destroy us?

Blog for our Future: Masters of the Universe Fight Back: The Race Angle

Blog for our Future (9/23/08)

Masters of the Universe Fight Back: The Race Angle

Well, write what you know, as the literary gurus says. And so, instead of debt-swaps, equity positions, derivatives, and the role of Phil Gramm’s Union Bank of Switzerland, let me write about the sewer through which are right-wing friends are navigating to try to win this election. Specifically, this: the right-wing crusade to blame the Negroes for the financial meltdown continues apace.

And by now, it’s getting into Protocols of the Elders of Zion territory.

Watch this clip of Fox’s Neil Cavuto. See him sandbag Hispanic congressman Xavier Becerra, pinning upon him and his swarthy fellows responsibility for the collapse of America’s financial system by “pushing for more minority lending.” Why didn’t people like him warn that “loaning to minorities and risky folks is a disaster”?

The pattern being drawn across the right—the Big Lie so notorious it’s hard to belief they’d even dare it—is that this financial mess is something black people have done to white people.

Why wouldn’t Obama be mum on the market crisis? It was all about, you know, swarthy people shoveling money and power to other swarthy people. You know how they do every time they get any power.

LeftinAlabama:AL-05: What Kind of Ad is This?

LeftinAlabam (9/21/08)

AL-05: What Kind of Ad is This?

What the heck is Wayne Parker trying to say with this ad?  I like weddings?  I like babies?  I like white people? ‘Cause there’s no substantive discussion of issues or attempt to distinguish himself from his opponent anywhere in the ad.  Just feel good pictures and “values.” 

Watch it.  Is there a single person of color anywhere in this advertisement?  The only person who even might be anything other than lily-white is one of the girls in uniform with her back to the camera, and she may just be dark-haired.

Is “Alabama values” the polite euphemism for keeping power in the hands of white folks — this year’s racist dog whistle?  Nixon taught the Republicans they could win in the South by appealing to the “cultural voters” who disapproved of the Civil Rights Act and black people getting all uppity.  It’s no longer acceptable to openly appeal to racism in pursuit of votes; are they doing it with a nod and a wink by mentioning Alabama Values or Conservative Values as Terry Everett did in a recent ad for Jay Love?

New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING: C de Baca Retains Post as County Chair (Updated x2)

New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING (9/23/08)

C de Baca Retains Post as County Chair (Updated x2)

As soon as I finished my last post on the increasingly tangled and convoluted Fernando C de Baca mess, I saw this tweet from Peter St. Cyr:

Breaking News: Bernalillo County Executive Board gives C. de Baca vote of confidence. Chairman retains leadership post. Audio to follow.

St. Cyr will have the audio up at his blog soon.How was this guy not relieved of his position? Unless they have agreed to let him resign on his own terms…