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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Steele: Is He Still Simple Sambo?

I pose this question for a variety of reasons... And keep in mind it's the intolerant* Left that characterized Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as "Simple Sambo."

(* Intolerant of African-Americans who don't toe the Democratic Party line)

Perhaps this is the reason that the Left feels obligated to use such racially charged attacks against Steele:

Poll Finds Steele May Be Magnet for Black Voters
Candidate's Ties to President Bush Judged a Potential Vulnerability

By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 6, 2006; B05

An internal document prepared by a top Democratic strategist warns that a majority of African American voters in Maryland are open to supporting Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele and advises the party not to wait to "knock Steele down."

The 37-page report says a sizable segment of likely black voters -- as much as 44 percent -- would readily abandon their historic Democratic allegiances "after hearing Steele's messaging."

"Governor Ehrlich and [Lt. Gov.] Michael Steele have a clear ability to break through the Democratic stronghold among African American voters in Maryland," says the March 27 report by Cornell Belcher, polling consultant for the Democratic National Committee, which bases its findings on a survey of 489 black voters in Maryland conducted last month.

The report, given to The Washington Post this week, drills into a topic that has emerged as a key focus of this year's U.S. Senate contest in Maryland: race.

In 2002, Steele became the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland, and he has designed his Senate campaign to cut into the black support that has traditionally flocked to Democrats.

More than a half-dozen Democrats are vying for the open seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes (D), including the former head of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume.

Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Derek B. Walker said the study verified what, internally, party strategists had already concluded: that African American voters who have served as a reliable base for generations cannot be taken for granted.

"It confirms that in this day and age, everyone expects us to do more than just rest on history," Walker said. "We knew we were going to have to engage. But we also know it will be easier for us to forge that relationship because we're right on the issues."

If the findings of the poll are correct, they paint a somewhat different vision of the black electorate from what has been commonly understood to this point, said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the D.C.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Bositis said nothing in his research suggests that an African American Republican will be able to grab a significant segment of the black vote.

The DNC survey finds that 22 percent of black voters support Steele when matched against a "generic" Democrat.

I suppose that the attack ads will start to appear in the next few weeks, since they have to knock Steele down before he gets a chance to communicate his message to the voters.

For some reason Maryland resident Oliver Willis, who posts on the most trivial information about the upcoming election and attacks Steele on an almost weekly basis, hasn't found the time to post and comment on this article. Wonder why...

Interesting that this news came out and shortly afterwards I was listening to NPR (don't ask me why) and this segment was on:
Conservative Black Clergy Make Waves from Pulpit

Listen to this story... by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

All Things Considered, April 6, 2006 · Black churches, often a bastion of groups calling for change and reform, have seen the recent rise of a few prominent conservative black pastors. In many cases, their work has energized, and divided, their congregation -- and the split has spilled over into politics.

You can listen to the segment from NPR by clicking here.

The key point here is that much of the Democratic Party platform is out of step with the desires and wishes of African-Americans. From gay marriage to school choice, the Democrats are diametrically opposed to the wishes of their "most reliable" voters. Even the tired, old 1960's class-warfare rhetoric doesn't sell anymore... not when many of the policies championed by the Left turned out to be just as destructive as institutionalized racism and "separate, but equal."

Perhaps this is why the Left is so vehemently opposed to school choice - in order to insure that this reliable voting block never thinks for themselves.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler