Bill Maher recently quipped that Barack Obama is half-black and
half-white, and that he (Maher) hoped that the second administration
would be the black one.
, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is another black politician. He had to backtrack after loudly denouncing Obama's recent ad criticizing Romney's past at Bain Capital. (I happened to like that ad.)
Now Harold Ford
-- another black politician, who was once hounded from office by what I consider a genuinely racist campaign -- is saying that Booker got it right the first time. Shame on Obama for going after Bain, or so sayeth Ford.
One could also mention Sanford Bishop of Georgia and Artur Davis of Alabama. (Davis will probably make a formal shift to the Republican party fairly soon.) I don't know much about this guy
, other than the obvious fact that he's being groomed for big things, but I don't see a John Conyers there.
The question is simple. Why is it that the only up-and-coming black politicians who stand any chance of getting somewhere in the Democratic party always turn out to be Blue Dogs? This didn't used to be the case. I wouldn't have voted for Jesse Jackson back in '88 if I thought he was anything like the guys mentioned above. If Jackson (at least the Jackson of old) were running today, he would slam Romney on Bain every minute of every day, without mercy and without apology.
In response to Bill Maher: I
hope a second Obama administration turns out to be the Democratic one. But I'm not holding my breath.