This one disappoints me a lot. A USA Today article points to the fact that some black Republicans are considering a vote for Obama. I guess I could understand someone like Colin Powell, who is a nominal Republican, doing that. But J.C. Watts? Give me a break!
J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who once was part of the Republican House leadership, said he is thinking of voting for Obama. Watts said he is still a Republican, but he criticizes his party for neglecting the black community. Black Republicans, he said, have to concede that while they might not agree with Democrats on issues, at least that party reaches out to them.
“And Obama highlights that even more,” Watts said, adding that he expects Obama to take on issues such as poverty and urban policy. “Republicans often seem indifferent to those things.”
Well, then go to it, J.C. This one hurts me the most. The former Oklahoma congressman and OU football star has always been a favorite of mine. He is a Christian minister, a strong conservative and an eloquent voice of reason. I always pictured him as a Senator, VP candidate or even presidential material. But he is apparently ready to let skin color determine his vote. JC Watts is a social and economic conservative whose views are diametrically opposed to Barack Obama’s Marxist leanings.
And there are others apparently. Commentator Armstrong Williams seems to be in the same boat as Watts – willing to perhaps sacrifice principle in order to elect someone with the same skin color as himself.
Black conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams has never voted for a Democrat for president. That could change this year with Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s nominee.
“I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it,” Williams said. “I can honestly say I have no idea who I’m going to pull that lever for in November. And to me, that’s incredible.”
This is amazing and disgusting. I really can’t get over Watts because he was a hero to me. Obama is deadly. His election would be a disaster. And yet people are willing to fall into the Messianic cult created by the MSM to vote for him – simply because he is black. I guess that bodes well for Obama.
At least there are still black Republicans like Michael Steele, the former Lt. Governor of Marayland, to give some real perspective on the matter.
Michael Steele, the Republican former lieutenant governor of Maryland who lost a Senate race there in 2006, said he is proud of Obama as a black man, but that “come November, I will do everything in my power to defeat him.” Electing Obama, he said, would not automatically solve the woes of the black community.
“I think people who try to put this sort of messianic mantle on Barack’s nomination are a little bit misguided,” he said.
Amen brother. At least we know get a clearer view of where the priorities lie for some of these guys. I have blue eyes. So I guess I will vote for the candidate who has blue eyes in all elections regardless of their ideology.
Shame on you J.C. I really thought you were smarter than that. Like millions of others, you have fallen victim to the farce that is Obama. You drank the kool-aid, and you worship at the altar that has been erected by the MSM. But even worse, you have placed race above your own ideals. That leads me to question how committed you were to your own ideals in the first place. Your statements lead me to believe that the answer is – not very much. Too bad. Lots of folks like me looked up to you.