So it's not clear that he's switching, it seems someone whispered in his ear late last night. But he's clearing tilting. Here's Sullivan comparing Lewis's position when endorsing Clinton and now tilting toward Obama. I want to say one thing--this is a great victory for black folks, as much as such a thing still exists. I'm big on harping on th individuality of us all, but it's hard to do that when folks are breaking 85-90 percent in one direction. My point is this--Race-baiting is a tried and true tactic in American politics. In the modern era, this extends back to Nixon's Southern strategy, through Reagan's States Rights, up to Clinton's Sista Souljah.
I want to be clear--I don't believe any black person is obligated to support Obama because he's black. But it's weak to back someone who would use your own people/constituients as a tool to garner votes. Now we have the first time that black people have truly united to make someone pay for trying to scapegoat us. In the case of Lewis, we've actually pushed it even further and said, People who stand by and defend race-baiters, better protect their neck come election season. Here's Jesse Jr. on black pols who've stood with the Clintons:
"Many of these guys have offered their support to Mrs. Clinton, but Obama has won their districts. So you wake up without the carpet under your feet. You might find some young primary challenger placing you in a difficult position"
Word up. Anyone can be got.
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