I dunno whether April Reign of Ebony is raising a warning flag here, or just spitting into the wind.
Some potential Black Democratic voters have indicated that, while they will support Hillary Clinton should she become the eventual nominee in 2016, it will not be with the same fervor as they did for President Obama, in part because of a sense of bad blood experienced during the 2008 campaign. Indeed, many Blacks are saying that Hillary Clinton is not their first choice to receive the Democratic nomination in 2016 and that they will be anxiously waiting to see whom else enters the race. These sentiments must not go unchecked by Hillary for America because Black voters, while not a monolith, are a large constituency that must be courted by Democrats to win the presidency. There is a sense of entitlement that Hillary Clinton has not earned within the Black community, allowing her supporters to mistakenly take Black votes for granted. Hillary Clinton will have to earn our support and our votes just as any other candidate does.
I mean, how would Ms. Reign respond if Hillary Clinton just shrugged and said What are you going to do? Vote Republican? – Which is likely to be the Democrats’ default rejoinder. Not only are Black voters expected – to the point of almost being required – to duplicate their 2008/2012 turnout and voting percentages; Black voters will be blamed by the Democratic party when the Republican candidate wins. True, it’ll be in that special passive-aggressive way that certain white progressives like to default to*, so we’ll all be ready to bear up under the strain – but expect a lot of guilt-tripping attempts in 2017.
Which I won’t care about, but maybe Black voters should.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Look, o Democratic lurker. You don’t have to admit out loud that that the way that some white progressives whine drives you up the wall, too. I get that it’s awkward for you to admit that in public. It’s all right: you can just quietly nod to yourself in agreement. Feels good, doesn’t it?
I get to do that all the time. Just saying, that’s all.