Why do I say this you ask? Well, think about the geographic and demographic similarities of these races, the south and confederate demographic history. During their respective campaigns, Ms. Grimes, Ms. Hagen, and Ms. Nunn each refused to acknowledge any relationship with President Obama in the hopes that distancing themselves would somehow have an endearing effect on southern voters. Although some of these voters may not have supported the president based on policy, most no doubt did not for other reasons such as, _ (You fill in the blank)___.
After six years of fighting to recover from the mess left to him by his predecessor, President Obama’s popularity among white voters, particularly the south, continues to wane. Perhaps to a foreigner this would boggle the mind but for old-timey country folks that know it when we see it and smell it, we are not surprised. One might think that considering the numbers which by the way do not lie, white folks would be happy with Obama’s policies, but here again Obama is not white ergo southern whites don’t like.
Grimes in Ky., Hagan in NC, and Nunn in Ga., were among six democratic candidates for the US senate with three, Pryor of Arkansas, Begich of Alaska, and Landrieu of Lousiana that ran as incumbents. The fact that Hagan and the other four distanced themselves from Obama and [his] policies was somewhat expected particularly regarding Obamacare. However, Grimes’ stiff-arming of the president was perhaps the most puzzling, especially considering the success of Obamacare in Kentucky.
According to healthcare officials in Kentucky 82,747 people chose private healthcare plans and another 357,990 met the requirements for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during the open enrollment period for 2014. The success of Obamacare in Kentucky resulted in Kentucky experiencing the second largest decrease among the uninsured in the country, 20.4 percent in 2013 to 11.9 by the end of June 2014. Conventional wisdom might have suggested that any sensible candidate embrace the success these statistics represented. However, it appears that skin color trumped success.
In addition, none of the candidates championed the success of the 2009 stimulus, which according to most estimates saved and created more than 2.5 million jobs. Nor did any candidate mention that Wall Street’s numbers have reached historic levels since President Obama took office going from a paltry 7,000 points to nearly 17,000 in six years. Translation, folks are wealthy but to hear the whites ,I mean the right tell it, Obama is the worst thing that ever happened to this country.
Never mind that Obama did away with Bin Laden or ended that phony WMD war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan, which fattened up the frog for the snake. No Sireee Bob, none of those things mattered to those running back to the arms of their real constituents (whites). “I do declare Ms. Grimes, Ms. Hagan and Ms. Nunn, it seems to me y’all done set ‘we shall overcome’ back a hundred years. Had them all fooled I’d say. Serves him (Obama) right, how dare that uppity negra, put him in [his] place.”
That place it seems, at least where it concerns the aforementioned senate candidates, is the loser’s locker room. As of press time with the exception of Mary Landrieu, the other five candidates lost. Ms Landrieu, it appears will face [her] challenger in a December 6 runoff.
If this election told us anything, it told us this - racism ain’t dead, and democrats are cowards. Finally Ms Grimes, Ms Hagan and Ms Nunn, your constituents may not like the President but guess what, [they] don’t like you either.
Written by Jay Arrington, Maryland Daily Examiner
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