You don’t think Barack Obama has made a difference in American politics?
Consider this: In 2010, 32 African-Americans are running for Congress – as Republicans! The greatest number of Republican African-American candidates since Reconstruction.
Now, on the one hand, that’s good news. Good for the country. Good for the Republican Party. And it certainly shows the incredible pulling power of Barack Obama.
On the other hand, it also shows: these poor African-American candidates are horribly confused.
I suggest they take a step back and consider the record of both major political parties on issues important to the African-American community. Consider the record of Republicans on affirmative action, the minimum wage, and health care, among other issues.
No wonder that Republican Chairman Michael Steele, well aware of that dismal record, recently told students at DePaul University, that the GOP hasn’t done a good job of giving African-Americans any reason why they should vote Republican.
In fact, after comparing the record of Democrats and Republicans, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of those 32 candidates end up agreeing with the father of J.C. Watts, the last black Republican to serve in Congress.
“For any black man to vote for a Republican,” said the senior Mr. Watts, “is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”
That’s my parting shot for today.