Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Potentially troubling news for Clinton in Michigan ‘win’

CNN Political Ticker reported Hillary Clinton faced a grim statistic in Michigan tonight, despite her primary "win" there: results revealed that she may have reason to worry about her grasp on the African-American vote.
Clinton will respond by pandering so much for the black vote that it will turn off other Democrats, and I suspect even the blacks will realize what she is doing, and realize the Democrats have been playing them for suckers for a long time, promising a lot, and delivering very little. The will vote for Obama this time, but in 2012 if the Republicans are smart they will capture a lot of the black vote by showing how many middle and upper class blacks have actually been empowered by Republican policies,rather than being held down by Democratic policies.
The Michigan primary vote was essentially meaningless: the national party stripped the state of its delegates because it held its contest too early in the election season, and Clinton was the only major Democratic contender whose name appeared on the ballot. Even so, roughly 70 percent of Michigan’s African-American voters — a group that makes up a quarter of Michigan’s Democratic electorate — did not cast their votes for Clinton, choosing the “uncommitted” option instead. Yet these voters weren’t uncommitted at all: in fact, according to CNN exit polls, they overwhelmingly favored Barack Obama, whose name did not appear on the ballot.

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