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 September, 2008


 John McCain's One, Countem' One Black Vote!

What Black Vote?

When John McCain talks about getting the black vote - take him at his word. He’d like to get ONE black vote.

There probably weren’t as many black delegates at the Republican National Convention last week, as there were at the most recent Klan rally in Alabama.

That, for the Republican hierarchy, should be (but apparently isn’t) troubling.

Exit polling showed that George W. Bush managed only meager increases in the number of black supporters between 2000 and 2004.
In 2000, it was estimated he got about 8 percent of the black vote. While in 2004, he may have gotten as many as 11 percent.

John McCain will be lucky to get a good fraction of that.

What’s more, “The Party of Lincoln,” has abandoned that cheesy “big tent” claim of the past.

While during the Democratic National Convention, nearly a quarter of the delegates present were African-American, only 36 of the Republicans’ 2,380 delegates were black. (1.5 percent)

The Republican Party threw a party, but it certainly didn’t look like it a party Lincoln would ever attend.

In fact, if you took a poll of the 2,344 non-black Republican delegates, you’d probably find many of them see nothing wrong with waving that old divisive symbol - the confederate flag.

I see a bit of irony there. Don’t you?

Those few black Republicans who witnessed the Republican convention may have some qualms about a gathering that extolled the virtues of their own “celebrity” – Sarah Palin –while claiming that Barack Obama’s “celebrity” is really evil incarnate.

They, too, have heard the whisper campaigns of the far right that have constantly kept alive the myth that almost all unwed mothers in America – are black. Yet, they’ve seen the vice-presidential candidate’s pregnant daughter step on the convention stage to a standing ovation.
To them, black girls who get pregnant are just promiscuous. Palin’s daughter, because she’s keeping her baby, is a godsend.

A black presidential candidate, who’s spent some time beyond of the lower 48, is repeatedly referred to as being “exotic.” A white vice-presidential candidate, who’s spent most of her life in Alaska, is “a breath of fresh air.”

Palin hasn’t been a national figure for much more than a week. Republicans frequently remind everybody that the media is snooping too much into her background. Even though some of that scrutiny has uncovered some evidence she isn’t the reformer Republicans claim she is.

Yet, right-wingers are still telling anybody who’ll listen that “we still don’t know much about Obama,” with heavy-handed implications that someday his mask will fall off and reveal the face of Louis Farrakhan.

These are indications that Republicans may have an unspoken agenda. It’s one that could put black Republicans in a quandary and black Democrats more firmly in Obama’s camp.

For more than a year and a half Obama has talked about “Change.” It’s been a notion that had Republicans openly snickering. Obama’s use of that word had been aimed at those Washington politicians who’d clung fast to the every-increasing vitriol that has engulfed Congress since Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution.”

Obama speaks openly about renewing the spirit of cooperation between the warring political camps, in order to finally get something done.
Suddenly, John McCain has discovered the word “Change,” but none of the idea behind Obama’s use of it.
Instead, he is now using Palin as his battering ram to employ all of the sarcasm and cheap shots that are the opposite of Obama’s stated desire to “turn down the rhetoric.”

Her silly remark about what a community organizer does produce wild applause. ("A small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.")

Maybe she hasn’t been told that Obama, while he may have been a community organizer before he got his law degree, also taught constitutional law and served as a civil rights attorney – before serving in the Illinois legislature.

As a community organizer, he’d made a personal decision to help poor people, in depressed areas, find jobs.
Many of those people were most likely, I might add, black voters.

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net