How’s That Election Thing Working Out For Ya?!

Update:  For the New York Governor’s race Andrew Cuomo won but as the son of a former and often popular Governor how difficult was that? Well…the Tea Party/Republican Carl Paladino got 35% of the vote by directly stating racist/sexist rhetoric and if you were to go around numerous Upstate New York towns/cities and specific neighborhoods you’d see lots of big signs for that type of constituency that he appealed to:  less educated, working class, ethnic whites. Of course the choice between two candidates who share the same ethnicity might be a case study in class warfare but it also ensures their group’s needs will be met regardless. Sometimes “opponents” are actually working inc concert with each other to create further gains for their group. And that’s how those groups THRIVE!

The CA Guv race sees career politician  Jerry Brown as the winner while Senator Barbara Boxer keeps her Senate seat.  One of the odd dichotomies with California is how people falsely assume it’s a liberal state especially when Republican candidates usually win for Governor. Brown has held practically every elected office in the state (Attorney General, Mayor, etc) so we’ll see what happens after the debacle the downstate voters caused when they voted for Ah-nuld. One politician I’ve personally had a keen interest in Kamala Harris has won her race for Attorney General as the outgoing DA for San Francisco I watched her implement a policy that tried to offer corrective programs to reduce crime without automatic incarceration to certain populations. The jury is still in deliberation whether she’s another Cross-over Negro politician or will be an effective leader in a state with less than 6% black population to begin with – but representation is dwindling in areas that count and we need more black women candidates for certain.  San Francisco was unique in that there was a woman-helmed Fire Department, Police Department and District Attorney’s office all at the same time.

The main concern now is that the Republicans now control the House. of Representatives. That’s where all the MONEY is people.

This is going to be a really bumpy ride folks. If the Democrats couldn’t move past the Republican united stonewall when they had control of the House, Senate and White House what makes anyone think the Obama administration is going to get anything done now?

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I will probably come back to update my observations about specific races  – California and New York Gubernatorial results come to mind, along with the Senate seats up in the air.

I’m also very curious about what the black voter turnout will look like? Sometimes the best thing to do is stay home and not vote.  Heresy I know!

The question for black women is:

  • Where are you now in comparison to the last election? The last administration?
  • As the largest percentage voting block for Obama (65%) do you see tangible evidence of a return on your investment?
  • Why did Obama not even bother to nominate a black woman (such as the more than qualified Kimberle Crenshaw) to the Supreme Court?  Check my archives I was howling about this more than a year ago!
  • How have BW positioned themselves to benefit from this administration SPECIFICALLY not as a by-product (i.e Trickle-Down Theory). WE KNOW HOW INEFFECTIVE THAT WAS!
  • Will you be mostly satisfied if all this administration can claim is that Michelle Obama (Sasha & Malia) were the the brown faces in a high place as First Lady & First Daughters?
  • Are you prepared for the coming tide of backlash from the ultra-ultra right wing faction of the Republican party aka the Tea Party sending up their candidates and running them against “moderate” Republicans i.e. some who still use a minimum of common sense?
  • Have you heard of the 2012 Project? Their focus is on slightly older women but we need women who are as young as their mid-20’s! Also, there are other organizations that help train people to run for office.

Are you going to be a bystander, waiting and hoping for change or someone to “do right” by you or will you actively protect your interests AND stop supporting those who are using your resources at your expense giving you nothing in return but empty promises and fear-tactics?

Also check out the Center For American Women And Politics.

19 comments to How’s That Election Thing Working Out For Ya?!

  • I realy like your innovative angle that you have on the subject. Certainly wasn’t thinking on this at the time I begun searching for tips. Your ideas were totally easy to understand. Happy to find out that there’s an individual online that gets it precise what its is talking about.

  • To appease the incoming Repub-majority House, Obama just announced that he will be "the white half" during the last half of his term.

  • squarlymade

    Thank you Faith for the forum.

    How's the election working out for me, well…

    I have to say, I'm not just one to vote for only a particular party. I have gotten better at gathering information in order to make a choice that is right for me. I'm not willing to sit an election out because I think politicians are stirred by information. There are millions of people who don't vote in this country, and they don't vote because they don't see themselves represented, however their needs never get picked up because there aren't any messages being sent out. I think voting for a different part-any different party, sends a message. They'll say, 'oh, they went over here, maybe because they liked x,y, and z that this person was offering. That is a message. Just my thinking… I think stirring requires sending messages.

    As far as positioning yourself for things ahead, if they pulled every program from under AA people-mm, just might be a little helpful, that’s why I have no problem with voting for various parties, however, while those programs are still in effect I would say. GET EVERY THING YOU CAN if you qualify. There are programs that you can qualify for household incomes of upwards of 50k a year. I would say get em, get em all get em QUICK (before they are gone), get them to position yourself and your family in a better position! To quote Dr. Barbara Sizemore when speaking of capitalism “ Win if you can lose if you must, but always cheat!” (if you consider using government aid cheating). I simply take this to mean using the grace of God, since many of the teachers of the law required people to ‘live by the book’. But Jesus said if you live by the law-you are cursed. Like with abortion. Many bw may have one after having oow children because she realizes she can’t afford anymore children, while I notice ww seem to have one (in college) to avoid having an oow child. They ‘cheat’ to get ahead, not just to manage catastrophe. Just my thinking… open for feedback.

  • Hodan

    great post, I was expecting the usual liberal rant of Obama is evil corporate sellout, but yours is reasonable and well thought out. I think last Tuesday was a God send for Obama if he can realize it and stop being so bloody timid in his political dealing. Compared to the beat down Clinton received in 94 (you said how easy it was for Coamo to win in NY, his father lost the governorship back then and most blue State went Republican in Congress and Senate).

    Just to compare, 59 seats turned Red in Congress last night, while the Dems managed to hold their slim majority in the Senate. On the other hand, under Clinton, Bush II and Reagan, they lost both Congress and Senate. Apparently its been that way since FDR, where the president party often loses seat, depending on the scale.

    Despite an inept media, timid Dems and President, high unemployment, paranoid racist right wing machine and rightfully angry/scared public, I'm surprised Obama has maintained 56% likability across the country and 45-48% job approval….similar to Reagan.

    I expect the next 2yrs to tell us a lot about what Obama is made of. My hopes and standard are pretty low until proven otherwise.

  • Government will be gridlocked … but it doesn't bother me.

    From what I've been reading on the conservative websites, they want to slash, burn, and nuke all the pet programs that the anti-NWNW think will be generously funded in future. Oh my, what a rude awakening it's going to be.

    Considering all the cutbacks in states and cities across the country (and more forthcoming), a lot of folks are going to be hurting. I shudder at the kind of crimes that will be directed at black women when their parasitic black male friends come looking for money, food and housing from them. Sad.

  • LaVonne, the weave chair thing was a low blow. Black women need to be more sensitive towards black women, especially regarding issues of hair. Belittling eachother has gotten us where…i thought so. But I agree, O hasnt done much for Blk ppl but towards the end of the voting season, there were ads all over blk radio. Blk ppl are too adoring of him (for very little) and he knows it. blk ppl are always unified w/out thinking. we're so hypnotized by the fact that O and MO are presenting a positive image of blacks before the world, that we fail to look critically at his actions. We did this during the campaign (failing to show up for the SOBU even though Hillary did and making all kinds of excuses for him). The Dems deserved this thumping.

    I'm feelin you about the supreme court thing. there are numerous dynamic blk female judges (or women in academia as his latest appointee was a professor) that he could have tapped.

    why are 'thinking' blks so cocky?

  • Patricia Kayden

    I'm doing alright with my investment in President Obama — not a person who depends on the government (Republican or Democrat) anyways.

    Will survive and thrive whatever government is in power.

  • Faith, Black women need to learn to BELIEVE THE FINE PRINT instead of following the BILLBOARDS. That requires paying attention and acting on information. It does not matter what any President does or what initiative is set by any organization or community, if we can't get folks to get their behinds out of the weave chairs and nail salons long enough to take an interest in the issues that matter (from local to global) LONG BEFORE ANY ELECTION, Black women and their generations will be left at the back of the bus, back of the line, back of the classroom and outside every power source.

  • @wizardofoz321

    As I'm out of the country for a while, I didn't vote this time around (but will next time). All I have to say is good luck America. 😐