Don't Ignore Black Voters

Ok, don't hate me for saying this, but the fact of the matter is President Barack Obama ignored black voters until the last 30 days of the mid term elections, which proved to be a disaster for Democrats. Democrats were hoping for high turnout from black voters in Tuesday's mid-term election. ... which did not happen.

Now look at what happened, as reported by the BBC World News, John Boehner is now urging President Barack Obama to change course and is vowing to reverse his healthcare reforms, after Democrats suffered a severe setback in mid-term elections last night. Read more HERE

Speaking of the BBC, I served as an in studio guest on the BBC World News covering the mid term elections last night. BBC World Service broadcasted a seven-hour election night special.  The program offered global audiences analysis and regular updates throughout the night. The program provided leading politicians and political pundits an opportunity to bring the results to the world. (I will provide more information on the BBC broadcast as an update to this post later today, including pictures, and links to to BBC host). Hat Tip Kati at the BBC!

The BBC World News provided extensive coverage, including how the Democrats bagged a rare beast of the American electoral jungle: the endangered Republican incumbent. Anh Cao, a former Jesuit seminarian who became the first Vietnamese-American Congressman, lost his seat in New Orleans to Democrat Cedric Richmond. Even his recent declaration of "love" for Obama couldn't save him. They also covered how all three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) lost last night, all who received liitle or no attention from the leader of the Democtratic Party, Barack Obama.

As I discussed on the BBC, the White House and the Democrats got a real beat down last night. One of the problems is what I have been saying for some time, lack of conversation by the White House and DNC until the last 30 days of the mid terms elections.

It was not all bad news last night

One of the great outcomes last night was Carl Paladino lost his governorship bid in New York. Democrat Andrew Cuomo won the race for New York governor, beating Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino. As reported by the BBC, Paladino offered only a grudging apology for sending racially charged e-mails to friends, including one of Barack and Michelle Obama as a pimp and prostitute. Another, entitled "Proof the Irish discovered Africa", contained a video of monkeys jigging to Lord of the Dance.  New York's gubernatorial loser Carl Paladino did himself no favours by comparing trade unions to pigs; calling for welfare recipients to live in prisons, so they could learn about personal hygiene; and branding gay parades "disgusting".

I will be talking about how the President ignored the black voters and black candidates until the last 30 days of the election on my blogtalk radio program.

Here is what I said on the BBC on the Democratic Party not getting its message out fast enough to the American people, and for that matter it's biggest voting bloc, African Americans:

2027: LN Rock, who blogs as African American pundit tells the BBC World Service that the Democratic Party didn't get its message out fast enough. "The president has not been able to communicate with the American people, saying what he has accomplished over the past two years. He tackled healthcare reform as his first strategy priority and he didn't communicate to the American people that it was a critical priority and get a wellspring of support in the American populace." More HERE

2010 mid term election learning curve for the Obama administration: Stop ignoring black voters. It can come back to bite yah!

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