So much for the color-free democracy

An Washington Post op-ed by Democratic Party insiders calling for President Obama to pull a Lyndon Baines Johnson two years early and decline to run for re-election is a further sign of the challenges facing black politicians unexpectedly.
Hopes that Obama’s election would open doors further have instead seen an array of setbacks. House Minority Whip James Clyburn helped all of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus get re-elected, yet had to take a step backward to former majority leader Steny Hoyer, whose Blue Dog Democrat friends took a beating on Nov. 3.
Kendrick Meek, who had hoped to succeed Obama in the Senate from Florida, was instead knee-capped in the last week by former President Clinton’s suggestion that Democrats should back Republican Charlie Crist instead.
In California, attorney general candidate Kamala Harris is still stuck in a nail-biter waiting for absentee ballot returns while every other Democrat running statewide won by at least 700,000 votes.
It suggests that personality-based politics must be replaced by a year-round infrastructure, not funded by outside sources, but through a clear sense of self-interest.
Our own strategies have been hi-jacked by our enemies, which confirms how successful they can be if revived.

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