Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Somethin' in my light-skinned bones told me all of the polls, strategists and commentators were wrong when they predicted Senator Barack Obama had a ten point lead over Senator Hillary Clinton and she would come in third for the New Hampshire primary. This proves strategists know nothing about voters. CNN's Soledad O’Brien repeatedly said, "The biggest surprise is this wasn't predicted by any of the polls!"
When I saw Hillary's tears on Monday I thought I was watching a Lifetime Television special titled Not Without My Presidency: The Hillary Rodham Clinton Story. Miss Hill let out the waterworks and according to some experts the sympathy votes hit. Also, there was former President Bill Clinton who came out clawing like a cat trapped in an alley with nowhere to go, really showing his redneck card, whining Obama is "the biggest fairytale I've ever seen". Billy needs as much of a break as Beyonce, whose campaign is this? It’s like Beyonce promoting Kelly Rowland’s album all over again!
I agree with Chris Rock who recently said at a Madison Square Garden concert, “I think America's ready for a woman president . . . just not that woman. Being married to somebody doesn't make you good at their job. I've been with my wife 10 years now. If she got up here right now, y'all wouldn't laugh. At all!”
Here are some good signs:
Clinton lost in Iowa to Obama by 9%. Obama only lost by 2% in New Hampshire, which is still a huge success.
While Miss Hill did win the New Hampshire primary, 53% of the Democratic voters still did not vote for her.
Here are some issues that concern me:
50% of voters in South Carolina, the next big primary, are African-Americans. Is this good or bad? Many of my friends continue to say black folks in the South are not fans of Obama because they don't consider him "black enough". This doesn't surprise me (and people think color constructs don't exist in the black community!) but at the end of the day, I do believe black folks will vote for Obama over Clinton, especially black men. Also, I would argue Clinton is more threatening to men, especially white men. For many, Miss Hill emasculates their hypersensitive masculinity. Nonetheless, pushing out tears the night before a primary is not going to declare Miss Hill a winner -- this worked once, it won't work again.
Then we have John Edwards...poor Johnny. Isn't Edwards the Michelle Williams/Spinderella of the presidential campaign? Always seeming out of place, performances slightly off and if he suddenly vanished, no one would really care.
Just a few months ago I was happy with Clinton or Obama, but after learning more about the candidates, Oprah 's speech and seeing the viciousness of the Clintons, I do believe Barack Obama is the one. I hate to be this emotionally invested in politics because at the heart of it all, politics are about grime, gore and money.
Labels: OBAMA, Politics
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