McCain Brilliantly Aims Directly At Obama's Weakspot..Pits the Ambitions of Blacks vs Those of White Women
McCain is doing what Obama supporters should have done this week in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. The Republicans are doing what Republicans do... whatever it takes to win the White House. Its cynically pitting the hopes and aspirations of Black folks against those of White women who vote... here is an FYI, White women voters outnumber us!
Let me be clear instead of being frosty to the Hillary supporters and trying to truncate their mourning this week at the Democratic National Convention, and that is what it was, mourning for a woman that has been in the public eye for almost 20 years. This week Obama supporters should have been gang tackling Clinton supporters and killing them with kindness. They should have been demanding the Clinton supporter's phone numbers and emails and scheduling dinners and lunches. There were lots of hard elbows thrown this week especially in the California delegation. I have the back story on why California passed during the roll call. Oh yeah and you remember Arkansas saying all of its votes went for Obama... that didn't happen either. I am staying at the hotel with the Arkansas delegation and listened to the conversations on Wednesday night on the ride back to the hotel.
Why do I place the onus on Obama supporters and not Clinton supporters to make the overtures to mend the rift? A) Because as the winner, it didn't cost you anything to be kind to those who lost, even if you thought they were sore losers and B) You need the PUMAS, the PUMAS don't need the Obama acolytes. As far as some of the Clinton supporters are concerned, their election is over.
I interacted with many Hillary supporters this week and most were not the rabid people that CNN handpicked out of the crowd, but normal women and men who were nice enough.
For the past four days, I've been on crowded Airport shuttles, lightrail, air conditioned motor coaches packed with delegates . Tuesday, at the end of my long commute back into the city on the light rail, I couldn't bear the prospect of riding yet another incredibly slow shuttle to the Convention Center, I decided to splurge on a cab ride. I spied a man wearing a convention credential who didn't look like a serial killer so when we reached our stop I asked him if he was going to the Pepsi Center and whether he wanted to share a cab. I wanted to split the $5 cab fare (yes, I am incredibly cheap).
I didn't know that he was a Clinton supporter, but when the light rail got to the Convention Center stop, I asked him if he wanted to share a cab. Not because he was a Clinton supporter, but because I am cheap and wanted to split the $5 fare.
The truth is that Hillary Clinton supporters are not fork tongued cloven-hooved demons that some Obama supporters make them out the be. The Clinton supporter I shared a cab with was an African American man. He told me about his experience in his journey to become a delegate at the Democratic national Convention. He told me about Black Obama delegates calling him an Uncle Tom and a House Negro at the Nevada state Democratic convention. He also stated that Clinton's speech would be his closure and when he returned home he was going to work hard to elect Barack Obama. I wasn't interviewing him for a post, we were just having a conversation. I had a similar exchange with a Clinton supporter on the shuttle ride back to my hotel.
When I arrived in Denver, I ended up on a crowded and perpetually lost airport shuttle to my hotel. It was packed with Obama supporters, including someone who was a member of the media. As we spoke about how exciting it was to be there, the conversation soon gave way to whether Hillary Clinton was going to pull some Machiavellian move at the convention and use the roll call vote to somehow steal the nomination from Obama. For well over an hour in the hot blazing sun, trapped on a van driven wildly by a navigationally challenged driver I listened to these Obama supporters go on and on.
Finally because I was tired of their conspiracy theories, highly ticked at the driver who wasn't quite sure how to get to any of our hotels, and hungry because I didn't calculate a 2 hour ride to my hotel, I finally cracked. I yelled that there was no way on earth that Hillary Clinton was going to steal the nomination at the convention! Why? Because the modern presidential campaign in the country costs at least a quarter of a billion dollars and massive organizing. Even if Hillary Clinton was a political strategic genius, a possibility narrowed significantly by the fact that she lost the Democratic primary, if Hillary were to suddenly hatch a plot to take the nomination away from Obama at the convention, she would be too broke to mount any credible campaign against John McCain. In case you didn't notice, last I heard she was $20 Million dollars in debt and had not paid many vendors. That is not the signs of a a viable presidential campaign two months out from the general election.
I told Black Achievement last night that Republicans will do whatever they have to to gain and retain power. Some may call it politically calculating. I call it winning. By selecting Sarah Palin McCain is doing two things,h e is peeling off some of those 18 million cracks in the ceiling. As the VP Sarah Palin would be in line to be the first woman president should McCain win. Second, he is expanding his base. He can't count on movement conservatives, he decided to stake his claim with White women. In addition, Sarah Palin has a COMPELLING personal story that is going to appeal to women. 80% popularity rating in Alaska.
The Republicans have been on the ground here in Denver. They even threw parties for Clinton supporters. They did what Obama acolytes should have done. Y'all should have thrown something everyday just for Clinton supporters. I have no doubt that McCain made this choice based on the intel he got from Denver.
Listen accolytes. Don't waste time whining and complaining and gnashing of the teeth. Go find your Clinton delegates and have a house party. Bury your Clinton animus. That race is over. This election will not be based on commercials or the airwaves, this will be a fight on the ground. Turnout. Turnout. Turnout. In an electorate that is split 50/50 this might be enough to put McCain over the top no matter how many Black folks register to vote.
I have been saying for months that it is fine to support a candidate, but making th supporters of your candidate's opponent the enemy is stupid. Calling them names is politically stupid. Attacking anyone who disagrees with you is politically stupid. YOU may love your candidate, but don't assume that because someone isn't enraptured with your candidate that they won't vote for them.
You always have to leave open the door of reconciliation because you might need them later. Go find a PUMA and hug them today. Oh yeah and if you think about attacking the qualifications of Sarah Palin, good luck with THAT strategy! She's a governor. The only one in this race. She's the only one on either of the tickets that has ever had to run a branch of government. Oh yeah and good luck helping Biden try to attack a woman that just gave birth a few months ago.
Sorry, I am a political junkie and this is going down as one of the most interesting political chess matches in recent history. Finally the Democrats look like they have a winning strategy and then here comes the McCainiac who is swinging right back. These campaigns are evenly matched. Obama vs Palin and Biden vs. McCain. Oh the next few weeks are going to be fun, fun, fun!