Will the Black vote baton be passed from Obama to Hillary, will it be intercepted by an innovative elephant like Rand Paul (unlikely) or will it fall to the dirt? With so much time before the presidential primaries, candidates have time to test and research new projects to reach all voters—run it up the flag pole and see who salutes.
Of course, all campaigns should be reading Project Logic Ga’s Best Interest Initiate because I have personally crafted a unique budget-friendly approach to many southern concerns.
Recently, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced the hiring of LaDavia Drane, former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, as outreach director and point person for the Black community. Ms. Drane seems really bright and hopefully she will acknowledge the diversity of the Black community across this great nation. To me, the CBC and BET has a thing about being “urban” this and “urban” than; like the Black community in Georgia is only the A-T-L.
Well, a quick look at last year’s elections would indicate that Atlanta Blacks didn’t care for Democrat candidates for governor and U.S. Senate who spent more time bragging about connections to old Dixiecrats and current Republicans than embracing the Democrat in the Oval Office. Some of the time and energy spent trying to get the Atlanta vote out should have been spent on the rest of Georgia where Black voters are more moderate to conservative. But, people sitting in strategy rooms in the DNC see Atlanta as a big juicy peach and the rest of Georgia as a pit.
Hillary Clinton could win Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia with ease if the suburban soccer moms support her. It could be a national landslide for Clinton if that demographic was paired with most of the Obama voters but the uncertain segment of the Obama coalition is called Cousin Pookie.
President Obama coined the term Cousin Pookie for inconsistent voters. Pookie would be the guy who voted for Obama during the presidential elections but didn’t vote for any other candidates on the ballot (i.e. the Congress that Obama needed). Pookie doesn’t vote in midterm elections that often.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Starting tomorrow, you can vote too. You’ve got to grab your friends. You’ve got to grab your co-workers. You know, don’t just get the folks you know are going to vote. You’ve got to find Cousin Pookie, he’s sitting on the couch right now watching football, hasn’t voted in the last 5 elections, you’ve got to grab him and tell him to go vote.
That Leader of the Free World Obama really cracks me up; he was so right. But peep this: Democrats and Republicans should sit down on the couch with Cousin Pookie and ask him why he doesn’t feel the need to vote. Wait a second, Pookie is over his mom’s house; a house purchased under a USDA first time homebuyers program. He has countless friends who used military service as a ticket to a secure and better life. Of course, Pok should be watching CNN during half-time of the football game because the wrong President could send those homeboys and homegirls in uniform into harm’s way for questionable reasons.
What would happen if Pookie was looking for CNN and came across Sen. Rand Paul, a GOP presidential candidate with some interesting views on prison cost and weed. Paul is making a real effort at outreach.
In Georgia, Cousin Pookie might live in Hotlanta but he has folks from rural areas and the five or six smaller cities. That would be Cousin Ray Ray. Ray Ray served in the military after graduating from high school; he has never been in trouble with the law in his life. When Ray watches the Democrats on T.V., he see a bunch of liberals who are breaking their necks to give free stuff to folks who have never show any personal initiative. Actually, Ray Ray and his co-workers at the plant are pissed that their tax dollars are being used for more handouts than handups.
Cousin Ray Ray agrees with some of the conservative messages from talk radio in his F-150 or Ram with a Hemi but the next thing you know the talk about the President turns ugly and mean-spirited.
With so much time before next year’s election, the Dems and GOPers have time to listen to Pookie and Ray Ray. Someone needs to come up with a fresh approach; something that’s about solutions and answers. In the South, many Whites who voted for Bill Clinton are deep, deep into the conservative movement. They are going, going, gone like a Braves home run. To win, Hillary must replace them with suburban voters and rural Obamacrats.
I personally think the conservative movement has been hijacked by the most radical element but the Republican presidential nominee won’t need to say “they are sitting on their tailgates…listening to NASCAR.” Oh, conservatives vote without encouragement and one voting conservative carries more weight than 1,000 non-voting Cousin Pookies.
There are those who think that listening to positive Cousin Ray Ray’s personal history and opinions will get Ray Ray voting and that Cousin Pookie should be listening to Fox News’ coverage of the GOP primary season. If Fox doesn’t scare him off the couch, he isn’t coming off and Dems should let him feel the wrath of the Tea Party.
Naw, that wouldn’t be right. I was reading about Esther in the Bible today and she said in Esther 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? While the GOP isn’t exactly evil, some of them can be quite naughty.
Zora Neale-Hurston said “All my skinfolks ain’t my kinfolks.” At some point, my community might need to spend more time and energy on the positive segments and less on Cousin Pookie. In time, Pookie will get the message and decide to become Paul, Jr., an American voter.