Politics is like used car salesperson. Tells you what a great car it is without making any guarantees. The object is to make you buy the fluff without giving you anything of substance, no promises just bling. You know… like shining spinning rims on 35 year old car. Just look at those rims!
Obama was intended by the Democrats to be the bling bling of the party, the spinning rims on the antique platform. A guarantee of a large black turnout for the Democrat and in turn a land slide electorally. ” Look a Black President.”
But after eight years of maximizing the African American vote, dissension and frustration grew among that demographic. The Black Congressional Caucus repeatedly ask for results to take home to their constituents. Something of substance, reparations, a jobs program, financial opportunity… but nothing materialized. In fact some claimed he did more for Hispanics and Gays than Blacks.
That disappointment lingered into the 2016 election and while Hillary Clinton got the vast majority of the black votes, they did not turn out in the kind of numbers matching Obama elections.
Now that the 2020 election is upon us, the questions in the black community is “whats in it for me?” Word has it that Biden who has committed to a woman Vice President, has 3 African Americans on that short list; Kamala Harris, Stacy Abrams and Susan Rice. And while either would make for great politicians the question is this another spinning rim, “Look, a Black woman Vice President”!
Spinning rims are nice, but the question is where is the substance? It seems like before an African American platform can be established by the Black People, the Democrats decide for them whats important. In recent primary elections it seems Jim Clyburn, a black representative in South Carolina, comes out and endorses a candidate before any African American platform is established. He did it with Hillary Clinton and he did it with Joe Biden who moves forward saying he has the black vote.
Facts are Clyburn, Harris, Abrams nor Rice by themselves are reason to vote for Joe Biden. Unless there is a meaningful platform offering something of substance much needed in the black communities you will probably get the same low level turn out that costs Hillary Clinton the election. Make no mistake about it. If blacks had come out in large numbers to support Hillary like they did Obama she would be president now.
Having a black woman vice president is little more than tokenism. Its not like they were selecting the candidate based on best qualified, but rather symbolism. Another spinning rim.
Having Obama stomp for Joe Biden is not enough to bring out maximum black voters. While Obama is still respected and admired speaker, the time for his opportunity to produce is past.
Playing the Obama card is no longer the Trump Card.