the last “firewall” states fell last week in North Carolina
and Indiana, many Democratic Party “Superdelegates” have now
seen the writing on the wall. In case some of ‘em didn’t get
the memo, Barack Obama WILL BE the Democratic Party nominee.
May 6th, Obama, who was leading in every other imaginable category
(states won, pledged delegates, popular vote), was behind in
the superdelegate count by twelve. May 7th, it began raining
superdelegates for Obama. By May 10th, Obama had overtaken Clinton
in the superdelegate count. Party leaders have changed their
tone. More are having “private conversations” with Hillary Clinton
about “giving it up.” Clinton, instead, has chosen to continue
her divisive ways, loaning herself money until she can get to
California this week - where all candidates find economic relief
from star-struck and power-struck donors. She continues to race-bait,
using codified language about what “hard-working white voters”
will or will not do, casting the subliminal “black shadow” over
Barack’s prospects of being elected in the fall by xenophobic
are “shocked” at the level Clinton have fallen to try to save
her candidacy, as she seems intent on pulling down Barack Obama
on her way down. Even her biggest cheerleader, New York House
Representative, Charlie Rangel, is dismayed at Clinton’s failure
to realize “the inevitable” and her behavior on the way out
the door. Expect the superdelegate defections to continue as
those that are elected officials seek to be more accountable,
either to the interest of the party or two their constituencies,
as scrutiny on superdelegates increase with passing of the last
superdelegates continue to stand with Clinton, largely out of
loyalty - though a few try to profess that she can still win
- despite the fact that their congressional districts overwhelmingly
supported Obama. Two of them, California House Members, Reps.
Maxine Waters and Diane Watson, made their reputations as being
legislators for the “people.” They represent the last two “black”
congressional seats in the state (Black Congress Members Barbara
Lee and Laura Richardson represent non-black majority districts).
They also represent the only two congressional districts Barack
Obama won outright in the California primary. These are probably
two of the “blackest-talking” politicians in Congress, yet “the
people” they represent, talked for Obama and voted for him too.
Unlike Atlanta Congressman, John Lewis, and most recently, Newark
Congressman, Donald Payne, who switched from Clinton to Obama
- as previously committed superdelegates - out of being accountable
to their constituents, Waters and Watson have yet to make a
move. What the hell are they waiting on? Clinton to give up?
Well that’s not going to happen.
Like the movie, Groundhog Day, we keep waking up to that bad dream
called Hillary Clinton, on the morning after she just got thrashed
and hearing the media double-talk us when Clinton doesn’t win
in the way she needed to before the election, suddenly try to
rationalize her irrational projections to victory. Hillary Clinton’s
“path to victory” is to trip Barack Obama before he crosses
the finish line. She’s shown she’s prepared to do that as long
as the superdelegates hold out and Obama doesn’t get to 2025.
Those superdelegates that see what Clinton is trying to do are
refusing to play that game and are either deciding or defecting.
Those superdelegates who stay with Clinton are playing a complicit
role in the undermining of their own party. Those who are going
against the will of their constituents are doubly complicit.
As grassroots and race-conscious as both Waters and Watson claim
to be, why would they continue to front off their constituencies
like this? Part of the criticism of black elected officials
is that they think they’re “Gods” and can do anything they want
to do, and the community rarely holds them accountable. Well,
at this critical juncture in history, it’s “accountability time.”
It’s time to ask Reps. Maxine Waters and Diane Watson, what
are they going to do? And why are they waiting when their constituencies
have already “made it plain,” as Malcolm used to say, as to
where they stand in their candidate choice?
Okay, we understand why they both went “Clinton.” Watson was a Clinton
appointed ambassador, and Waters brokered her husband an ambassadorship
(this is now a “car salesman” case study at Claremont Graduate
University in the art of political deal-making). But that was
Bill, not Hillary, and most of their political debts to Clinton
should have been paid when they (the Congressional Black Caucus
members) stood by his lying a** on the Lewinsky impeachment.
Hillary a more vindictive player and I’m sure the pitch was
that “we’re going to win, get on the bandwagon early or else.”
Some people gotta' do what they gotta' do. But once it is obvious
that the public interest is not being served, they should do
what the people put them there to do, which is “represent constituent
interest.” Both of these Congresswomen’s districts voted for
Barack Obama in the 80 percentile - overwhelmingly affirming
the change candidacy. Obviously, both Maxine Waters and Diane
Watson think they are bigger than the constituents they represent.
One of them said (I’ll let you guess which one) said she’s not
going to be made to support anybody she doesn’t want to support.
This is the same woman who invokes fear in anyone who has the
audacity to go against candidates she wants you to support (after
she makes you pay for her endorsement). She lost total credibility
on the Clinton pick. It will certainly make people think twice
about her future endorsements (a conversation still to be had).
The point here is, if your constituents can’t change you, who
can? It’s time to take that nonsense to task. Let’s start here
and now. No politician is bigger than the voters that put them
in office. And no “political deal” should go against constituent
interest. What are they waiting for, the white woman to break
(Feinstein and Boxer, and Speaker Pelosi) and to give them permission
to the same? We always gotta' be more loyal than others do.
There is really no excuse for Waters and Watson not defecting.
It is now clear that, like any other black man in America, they (the
“hard-working” white voters Clinton is pandering to) are not
going to hand Barack Obama anything. We all are going to have
to help Barack get across the finish line. We are going to have
to pick off superdelegates, one by one, to get to 2025 and what
better place to start than with the superdelegates that should
be in his camp anyway - because their constituents are. Maxine
Waters, Diane Watson, what are waiting for? An invitation?
Well, here it is…time to switch to Barack Obama, so say YOUR constituents.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, is a national columnist, managing
director of the Urban Issues Forum and author of the new book, Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom.
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