Well, a few months of time went between this post and my last one. I am still not back into blogging as I thought. So much went down between my February post and now! I get teased by my Democratic family members and friends about all the possible Republican presidential candidates. One online Democratic friend enjoys teasing me about how the Republicans love eating their own. That person is looking forward to the Republican debates to see that in great action. This person also feels the Republican eating of their own is the main reason the RNC cut down the number of debates for up and coming Republican presidential debates.
Of course, I responded with the fact that they had no choice and that there were plenty of Democrats who were not all that happy with only having Hillary Clinton as their only choice as their Democratic presidential candidate. Now, that has changed. Even though it is not much of a challenging choice, self-described Democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. I hear the former Democratic Baltimore Mayor and former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley most likely will also be a Democratic presidential candidate.
On the Republican side, I do not have one sure choice. I do like Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walker. For now, I am not even considering possible presidential candidates, Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or Republican presidential candidates who do not have any elective office experience. I admit due to sentimental reasons, I do care for Mike Huckabee. He has the RINO label, because of his taxing record as Governor of Arkansas. I was for Huckabee for President as a new Republican in 2008. I did not get to vote for him because Sen. John McCain had won enough votes and delegates to get the Republican presidential nomination before the PA presidential primary took place. Well, not being able to have my vote counted in the presidential primary/caucus season is another blog post.
Republicans are putting forth a great range of choice. We even have the one thing that we face accusations of not having and that is diversity. Besides whites, Republicans have a black man, latino men, and a woman as declared presidential candidates. The Democrats so far have two aging people of the same race, one being a woman. The third/new party cry is only coming from the conservative and Republican side. Oh, that would considerably split the conservatives and Republicans and again give the presidency to the Democrats. I do not want another Democrat elected to be our next President.
I hear the following said, “If Barack Obama is a one term president, it will be due to racism. The respect and treatment for this President differs from any other president.” What are people thinking when they say this? It is reaction based on emotion for the first black president. Their reverence for this President goes far beyond any other President. A black president could not get elected solely by people of color. Those loudly speaking out against him, did not vote him in the first place and he has not won any of those voters (and non voters) over to his side. If Pres. Obama sees only one term, it will be due in part to people who voted for him in 2008 not voting for him in 2012.
The disenchanted Republicans and conservatives in 2008 that voted for the Pres, voted for a 3rd party presidential candidate, or did not vote at all. Many from those groupings maybe coming out of the woodwork in 2012 to make sure that someone other than Pres. Obama, another Democrat or a 3rd party candidate is the next President. I think what has gone down on the domestic front under the Obama administration has scared some moderate 2008 Republican Obama voters well over into the conservative side.
And then, the President is losing some more people. As quiet as it is kept, more and more Democrats, leftists and blacks are feeling disenchanted with Pres. Barack Obama. Will they be partly responsible for him losing in 2012? Well, most will not do a switch and vote for a Republican presidential candidate, but they may go with a 3rd party candidate or not vote at all.
There could even be a slight chance that a challenger can come from within the Democratic Party. For a long time, many believed Hillary Clinton was just biding her time and would be running for President again, but I no longer believe that. Whose else could it possibly be. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who in caucus with the Democrats and calls himself a Democratic Socialist is one of those disenchanted with the Pres. and is calling for someone within the Democratic Party to challenge Barack Obama in 2012. Princeton Professor and leftist (member of the of the Democratic Socialists of America), Dr. Cornel West expressed disgust with the Pres. that he supported. Now another old leftist entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte says the President failed us. Leftist/libertarian Bill Maher is also expressing disappointment with Pres. Obama.
Even though Pres. Obama got something like 94/95 percent of the black vote (but not my vote), he is losing their support too! Some are holding him accountable for this jobless economy. Blacks along with Latinos are experiencing more loss of jobs than whites. Of course there are some like Dr. West who are angry with him for not giving priority to the problems within the black community. But why should he? He was not elected just by blacks. He is not just the President to blacks.
Pres. Barack Obama could be a one term president, but it will not be because of racism. If it happens, disenchantment from those who voted for him in 2008 will play a considerable part for his loss.