Monday, December 15, 2003

Cobb: Dean and the Black Vote

Cobb has a brilliant piece up on Howard Dean's campaign, and how it relates to the African-American voting polity.

I've written here in Cobb that there is a dirty little secret in black politics. Perhaps some of Dean's campaign team has taken an object lesson. Those African Americans who hold out for hope in the world of politics of all places have apparently been placated by Mr. Dean's clever rhetoric.

What is astounding about this sleight of hand is that Dean has gotten away with getting endorsements without having made one documentable campaign promise. Sensible people expect politicians to dissemble, and those things that are sacrificed first are campaign promises. So what kind of fool gives the benefit of the doubt to a politician whose not even willing to make a promise? There is nothing so irresponsible as a man who makes no promises and states no case, something most of us recognized when pressing Clarence Thomas. But if there is, then it is the voter who trusts such a man. Fools following liars.

As they say in the blogging business, "Read the Whole Thing!" There's a lot more to the post than just this excerpt.

Howard Dean is shaping up to be some sort of Rorschach figure for many; there's something about the guy that seems to encourage all sorts of disparate groups to project their hopes and fantasies unto him without him actually having done much of anything to merit their attentions. This holds in particular for many libertarians (like Reason's Julian Sanchez) and paleoconservatives, and the danger is that it should come to hold for black voters as well. All those groups who vest their hopes in Dean are going to end up extremely disappointed if he should ever find himself ensconced in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - which, God willing, will never happen.