Oct 31 2006
I don’t think the Democrats appreciate the damn that just broke on them in MD. While everyone is focused on Foley and Iraq, the Democrats’ most stalwart base just defected. And this will not be a one time, one place phenomena. The democrats have always been all talk. And now the black voter is tired of listening to the same old white song and dance:
“The [Democratic] Party acts as though when they want our opinion, they’ll give it to us. It’s not going to be like that anymore,” said Mr. Curry, who in 1994 became the county’s first black executive and remains influential in the mostly black and heavily Democratic county.
Mr. Curry and the lawmakers said Democratic leaders repeatedly have snubbed the black community and their county, noting the lack of party support for the Senate campaign of former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chief Kweisi Mfume, who lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin.
The Democratic ticket lacks black candidates, they said, and candidates from Prince George’s County, which is home to more than 320,000 registered Democrats — the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland.
“We’re not puppets. We’re not gullible,” Mr. Curry said during a press conference at the Infusion Tea Cafe in Largo. “This ain’t the first time we’ve charged up a hill.”
“There’s a revolution going on here,” said Jerry McLaurin, a county developer and Steele supporter who attended the announcement. “This is going to radiate throughout the county like an explosion.”
“We were in the Democratic Party while they were lynching black folks. We were in the Democratic Party while they were segregating folks,” Mr. Dean said. “We have been loyal Democrats, [but] when the party has an opportunity to do something to show that their base is recognized, appreciated and acknowledged, they don’t.”
“The issue is what we want not only from the state party but from the national party,” he said. “Give us respect. We cannot continue to be in the room but not allowed to come to the table. What we are doing now is saying, ‘Forget it. We are not going to wait for you to bring us to the table. We are going to not only get to the table, we are going to take it.’ “
There are decades of pent up frustration boiling over here. I live and work with these good folks and they deserve Michael Steele. They earned him. And they will never listen to a Democrat tell them to vote Democrat again in the same way. The House may or may not go Democrat this year. But the black voter just became a free person, untied from any and all parties. My first post on this news is here.