Hall County, Georgia, County Commissioner Ashley Bell loss his election Tuesday night– who saw that coming. Bell is a bright Black attorney who was a college star in the Democrat Party but recently switched to the GOP. I thought he was a shoe-in to win Tuesday night but the election should have been for a newly created congressional district.
We can really mess some stuff up down here in the South and one of the biggest messes is politics. Governor Nathan Deal saw Bell as the future of the conservative movement but to me, there is little place for African-Americans in the current southern GOP. Of course, the few Blacks who spew that mean-spirited talk radio crap will do well speaking to ultra-conservative groups but they will not do much to expand the conservative tent by explaining their policy positions on my side of the tracks.
Michael Steele and Ashley Bell could have changed the course of American politics because they are level-headed but the party that booted Steele and ignored Jon Huntsman isn’t about healing or serving the whole nation. It’s about getting folks pissed off and inciting a revolution. Those of us in the political middle needed guys like Bell to speak with his fellow conservatives about reasonable methods of approaching the rest of the country. If they did that, a third of Blacks who vote in the South could get their views. But, they let anger take over and the rest is history.
I think Bell was once a Rep. Sanford Bishop intern and he would be the perfect young conservative to seek that congressional seat once Bishop retires to private life and corporate board wealth. Ashley is still rooted in our community and could win enough of the Black vote because he is a good brother. But, I got the call yesterday saying Ashley didn’t win in the GOP primary. Why the hell didn’t he have a GOP opponent when he was being groomed to be the next great thing?
Under our primary system, Blacks would not take the GOP primary ballot for Herman Cain, Ashley Bell or anyone because that ballot is associated with the ugliness of the far-right. What kind of southerners do we have today? The southern way is to smile and say syrupy-sweet things to get elected then do whatever once in office. Well, the “powers that be” in the GOP will take care of Ashley but at some point they need to know that a political party in which everyone is the same isn’t good for a diverse nation. The same principle applies to a southern all Black Democrat party.
Someone is getting wise to the game on the GOP side because the new anti-Obama ad is too smooth. The ad basically concedes the fact that Obama is one of the greatest people ever but questions if he is the right person for this good right now—hats off to the smooth slickness of this method. Someone at the RNC is begging his teammates to keep it policy vs. policy rather than Obama vs. Romney—smart. If they wanted some more similar smart ideas, I would suggest listening too and respecting Steele and Bell.
After this ad, what’s next. “It’s not President Obama fault that Americans suck.” “America doesn’t deserve a great guy like Obama. Paid for by people who are good at messing with your mind.”