One of the scariest thoughts a liberal can think of is the thought that Democrats can’t count on the monolithic vote of African Americans. According to this op-ed, the monolith is crumbling:

Indeed, President Obama, the iconic representative of the far left, believes that even a child born alive should be left to die without medical treatment if the mother intended an abortion. He championed this Mengelean position as a state senator in Illinois.

I was raised to be an FDR Democrat because my father was a young man during the Depression and credited President Roosevelt with saving him from starvation. “The Republicans only care about rich people,” I was told. This was more than 40 years ago. In spite of my childhood indoctrination, as a young man newly committed to my Christian faith, I had a crisis of conscience in the late 1970s. Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank was pushing the homosexual agenda. How could I, as a Christian, be committed to a party led by Mr. Frank? In the end, I could not. My desire to be in a right relationship with God and my faith was greater than my desire to be approved by my father, my family or the black community. My wife and I, then Massachusetts residents, left the Democratic Party in 1980 and never looked back.

The GOP didn’t learn the lesson that Karl Rove tried teaching them. The GOP didn’t learn that African Americans that attend evangelical churches are frequently conservatives.

President Obama’s opposition to the Born Alive Infant Protection Act should infuriate thoughtful people of all political stripes. This could be black voters’ Brendan Loy moment. Brendan Loy is the Democrat who appreciates Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. When Ned Lamont defeated Sen. Lieberman in the DFL primary, Loy spoke eloquently about how the Democratic Party’s base was shifting too far to the left:

But regardless of all that, the hard reality is that the voters have spoken, and their message was loud and clear: there’s no longer room for Joe Lieberman in the Democratic Party. And alas, tonight’s result will reverberate through the November elections and into the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s really much more than just a single primary in a single state; it’s a shot across the bow of moderate Democrats everywhere. And so, whatever further ramifications this result might have, there’s one thing it definitely means, one result that is officially cast in stone, as of today: I am no longer a Democrat.

Have African-American evangelicals hit that same wall of intolerance? That’s something we don’t know with any certainty at this point. Without question, though, it’s definitely an opening for conservatives.

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One Response to “Is the ‘black vote’ turning?”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    I think a better example to prove your point is in 2008 while Obama won the state by a huge margin Prop 8 won. How did it win?

    A large number of Hispanic and black voters went out and voted for it.

    The problem the Republican party has right now isn’t that they have issues which blacks and hispanics care about, but they still haven’t made the connection that supporting the democrat party doesn’t pass policies which help them.

    Of course the bigger problem the democrats have compared with the Republican party is that if the margins drop like blacks from 95-5 democrat to something like 80-20 how much that will hurt them.

    Obama won Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and a couple of other states just because of that inflated black vote margin (not to mention the larger percent they were of the electorate in 2008)

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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