Because they're not stupid
Many conservative blacks still vote for Democrats
By Ed Stoddard Wed Nov 1, 8:21 AM ET
DALLAS (Reuters) - For many black Americans, loyalty trumps policy when it comes to casting what could be their decisive votes in U.S. congressional races next week.
Even black voters who support the death penalty, oppose gay marriage and abortion and consider themselves religious activists generally resist conservative Republicans in favor of Democrats who led the civil rights struggle that guaranteed them the vote more than four decades ago.
Both parties are fighting for every single vote as the November 7 congressional elections loom, with Republicans in danger of losing control of Congress amid public anger over the Iraq war and the sex scandal around disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record).
Arthur Hammons, a retired sheet metal worker in Dallas, summed it up.
"Our community votes for the Democrats because they are seen as the party for the middle class and poor people. We see the Republicans as the party of the rich," Hammons said.
He spoke on a Sunday morning as he greeted fellow worshipers at the Central Pointe Church of Christ. Democrats, including Chris Bell, who is running for governor in Texas, were also at the service courting voters in what is regarded as a natural Democratic constituency.
But Republicans have made some inroads with black voters.
President George W. Bush won 11 percent of the black vote in 2004, up from 8 percent in 2000.
Too bad the reporter didn't do any serious research.
The answer he was looking for is economics. Black voters feel obliged to vote their wallets over social issues. Besides, there isn't the impulse to run other people's lives.
Any inroads Bush made with black voters ended on August 29, 2005.
After then, well, it's been pretty hostile.
posted by Steve @ 2:17:00 AM