There’s been a recent flurry of news stories about Howard Dean’s lack of appeal to African-Americans. While this kind of race baiting analysis is generally bogus, there is the unfortunate fact that for a Democratic Party candidate for President, mobilizing black voters is a requirement of winning the election. Because of the standard unity of voting and population size, this is a feature that to some extent is unique. Flipping this to “Bush” and “whites” doesn’t have anywhere the same punch. President Bush will get between 40% and 60% of the white vote. Moreover, getting whites to the polls may or may not help Bush win. But getting blacks to the polls is essential for Dean (presuming he gets the nomination). Additionally, based on the last few decades of presidential voting, getting blacks per se to vote will overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party candidate.But it’s a bit worrisome to hear Dean talk about his approach to this issue:
“You’ve got to go to the leadership in those communities. You can’t just do the grass roots without the blessing of the leaders,” Dean said last week.Why is that? Why not talk to the actual black voters, like one would do for any other ethnic group? I think this type of thinking among modern liberals is a strong contributing factor to problems in the black community, who have to a large extent been betrayed by their “leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. If Democratic candidates don’t want to have an explicit “Sistah Souljah” moment they’d do well to do an endrun around the racial parasites that infest the current set of alledged community leaders.