“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” – Yamamoto (not really)
From the Post:
Clinton, of New York, continues to lead Obama and other rivals in the Democratic contest, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. But her once-sizable margin over the freshman senator from Illinois was sliced in half during the past month largely because of Obama’s growing support among black voters.
Much like how the media dropped the ball on reporting what Katrina has done structurally and politically to black America (let’s just say all the inroads Bush tried to make in the black vote are lost for a generation for the GOP), they aren’t yet aware of what I think would be the outcome of Obama as the Democratic candidate. As the failed campaigns of Michael Steele, Lynn Swann and Ken Blackwell can testify, it takes more than just a black face to get black voters out for you. There is already a bond between the Democratic party and black voters, and while it is already an integral part of the machine that gets Democrats elected to office, you would see it work overtime (churches, civic organizations, online and beyond) if the end result would be the first black president. The circle jerk of arguments in the media and academia about Obama’s “blackness” are just kind of nonsense noise in the real world. Should Obama make it through to the general election, there will be a huge new army of people who want to tell their kids, grandkids, etc. that they voted for the first black president.
UPDATE: The Nation’s Ari Melber has more at “Black Voters Like Obama”