Many African-Americans knocked on doors and voted for Obama because of the colour of his skin. Obama … was the first man in American history who had a chance of showing that a black person could occupy the highest office in the Republic with dignity and professionalism. This group of supporters have no reason to be disappointed.
Identification cuts both ways. As Josh Marshall says, apropos of Boehner’s “scheduling clash” over the jobs speech :
African-Americans are especially sensitive to the unprecedented disrespect that white Republicans have afforded to the first black President.
Is this really clever politics for the GOP? They’ve written off black voters, and are playing (consciously or not) to the white racists in their own base. But Obama’s big reelection problem isn’t his policies or his person, which remain popular; it’s the loss of enthusiasm of those who got the vote out for him in 2008. (Just read the comment threads here. The gamut of progressive opinion runs all the way from “he’s better than Romney or Perry, and ACA was a decent result in the circs” to “I’m not voting for this wimp and sellout”.)
Making any part of the splintered base really angry is good news for him and his party. May I suggest Republicans start addressing the President as “boy” or “Sambo”, and referring to his daughters as “charming piccaninnies”?