It can’t be easy being a congressman in Georgia these days when your constituency is often divided by segments across the political spectrum. With respect to those members who find a way to successful handle this precarious situation, I don’t understand the logic of Rep. Jim Marshall ignoring his district’s support of the Democrat candidate Barrack Obama.
Of course, Rep. Marshall has a right to support or not support anyone he chooses—remember when he almost endorsed John Edwards. However, the African American community has been there for him since his days as mayor in Macon. Like Congressmen Bishop, Barrow and Scott, Marshall often makes moderate/conservative votes that reflect the moderate/conservative nature of most rural Georgians—African American and White. But, if the African American community understands those votes, Marshall should understand that this election is not just an election. Words cannot begin to describe the residual effect the Obama candidacy has in our community.
We all know that Obama would be president of all of America and that moderate Blacks are not 100% in love with all of his positions, but to go from Jim Crow to having this man as the possible president—my goodness. And for the record, if General Colin Powell ran as a Republican back when, he would have done big numbers in the African community also.
Bottomline: for all the African American votes Jim Marshall has received over the years, he should work hard for Obama’s candidacy or else. Maybe middle Georgians should put his feet to the fire a little bit and if he is so against what we believe, let’s watch him win without our bass. (pun intended)
Candidate Obama is always talking about having a civil debate next year—about disagreeing without being disagreeable. Middle Georgia should consider sending a southern Republican to Congress who will at least be as respectful to Obama as Georgia Democrat congressmen have been to President Bush.