Obama Insults the Black Community

The following article appears on CNN today: 

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP)Barack Obama predicted that black voter turnout would swell by at least 30 percent if he wins the presidential nomination, giving Democrats victory in Southern states that have been voting Republican for decades.

“I’m probably the only candidate who having won the nomination can actually redraw the political map,” Obama told a Democratic voter skeptical that he could defeat a Republican candidate.

“I guarantee you African-American turnout, if I’m the nominee, goes up 30 percent around the country, minimum,” Obama said.

“Young people’s percentage of the vote goes up 25-30 percent. So we’re in a position to put states in play that haven’t been in play since LBJ.”

Lyndon Baines Johnson ran for president in 1964 and won in a landslide. But since then the South has turned into a Republican stronghold.

Obama’s comment came in response to former New Hampshire state Rep. Carol Moore, who told him the candidate to get her vote will be the one she feels has the best chance of winning in the general election because she’s so scared another Republican will replace President Bush. She asked Obama what made him think he could win. Another voter later told Obama because of his lack of experience, “by any stretch of the imagination, it would be a leap of faith to vote for you.”

Obama often rejects the politics of “who’s up, who’s down,” but he showed he was following the polls. He said he fares best among independent voters, that he has lower negative ratings than his Democratic rivals and is leading Republicans Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson in head-to-head matchups.

“I would include McCain, but John’s having trouble right now, so that’s not that big of a feat,” Obama said of the Republican senator from Arizona, drawing laughter at the packed house party in the state capital attended by about 70 people.

Obama noted that in Mississippi, blacks make up more than a third of the state’s population, but make up a smaller share of the electorate.

“If we just got African-Americans in Mississippi to vote their percentage of the population, Mississippi is suddenly a Democratic state,” Obama said. He said Georgia would also turn Democratic and South Carolina would be in play.

–Comment:  So I guess Obama thinks that African-Americans are so apathetic about our Government that unless another African-American is running for office they will simply stay home and refuse to vote.  I’m sorry Mr. Senator but your faith in your own community is pathetic.  I have a great deal more faith in the intelligence, knowledge and patriotism of the African-American community.  They are not mind-numbed robots who can’t think for themselves and need YOU to think for them.  Besides—many African-Americans are conservative and won’t vote for you because of your political ideas and left-wing agendas—I suppose you would call those individuals “sell-outs.”    So your assumption that all African-Americans are liberals/democrats is as out of touch as your belief that you will raise voter turnout simply because of your skin color.  Why not tell us how you want to “bring the Country together” instead of making comments directed at dividing us further. 

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