The African American community has a long history of putting all of our eggs in one basket and waking up the day after the election to broken eggs. This blog is the net extension of our desire to provide sage political strategies at pivotal times to maximize our clout and capital. Senator Obama keeps saying that things need to be address with a scalpel not a hatchet; Senator McCain says that we should put “country first.” Down there in Georgia, we should put “kountry first” by making a surgical analysis of our region’s best interest. The following points need discussion and consideration.
Let’s diversify our political portfolios to cultivate opportunities in both major parties. Like Wall Street, we must invest in a range of enterprises so a political downturn in one sector does not leave us powerless and seeking a bailout. Also like Wall Street, buying political stock during low periods could prove beneficial in the long run—I will take a few shares of General Motors at $4 and a few political investments in better Republican candidates with the knowledge that their national woes have not reduced their Georgia power (pun intended). Good Cross-party Buys: Saxby Chambliss, Sanford Bishop, Paul Broun, Jack Kingston, David Scott, Rick Goddard.
Tip: Take a loss on Jim Marshall stock. The Macon Democrat had every opportunity to boldly endorse Obama or McCain. For some inexplicable reason, he thought he could sit out this historic presidential election. Open message to Rep. Marshall: your job as congressman is to study the policy proposals of both parties and report to the people what will and won’t work in your opinion; you should be commenting constantly. This weekend was the last straw. The incendiary rhetoric on the campaign trail reached a level that might have provoked the sickest minds to contemplating something tragic. Senator McCain dialed the rhetoric down and Congressman Lewis attempted to do the same but conservative Jim Marshall said or did nothing. His rural and urban status could have been used for the better good but no.
McCain Democrats, Obama Republicans, interesting times. Why are we saying vote vote vote like there is only one contest on the ballot? I have an idea: If you are an Obama supporter in a Republican congressional district, consider the GOP candidate if he is a decent guy just to mess with the “assumptions” about our voting patterns. If Obama wins, your area has influence with the GOP congressman because you helped him during the rough election of 2008; ask him to be fair with the new administration. If McCain wins, you have a rare GOP congressman swayed into office by a surprising percentage of the African American vote.
Let’s not find ourselves saying “shoulda, coulda, woulda” in December. I personally think we could look for African American opportunities to support less offensive congressmen and congresswomen in both parties. And GOP voters in districts like Sanford Bishop’s should acknowledge his efforts to seek bipartisan cooperation. Who would Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue select to replace Bishop if Obama picks him for his cabinet? Imagine the “Georgia power” of Agriculture Secretary Bishop, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee Saxby Chambliss and Secretary of State Sam Nunn. The renewable energy provisions in the Farm Bill were design to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Come to think about it, McCain or Obama could make Rep. Jim Marshall Ag Secretary to show no hard feelings—what a year.