The difference between Obama and his predecessors is that the predecessors never stood a chance because they were too authentically African-American. Obama doesn't have the accent/cadence of most African-Americans, he wasn't raised in the African-American community - he was/is a man apart. I recall that early in his campaign, when black vote was still solidly behind Clinton there was discussion within the AA community about whether Obama was authentically black. Clearly that was decided in his favor.Now, here's a shocker...there have been Black presidential candidates long before the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The first was Clennon King in 1960; the first Black female, Charlene Mitchell. But the first to run and actully win the primary nomination of a major political party (Democrat) was Shirley Chisholm. The first Black Republican to ever be placed on the ballot for the presidency was also a female, Margaret Chase Smith. She lost to Barry Goldwater.
There were a lot of complaints directed toward Catholics back in the 1960 election because they too voted as a bloc for the first Catholic candidate. The troubling part of this dynamic is when people identify more with a religion or race than they do with being American. This is going to lead us into very bad territory as we progress to the future. As blacks and Hispanics gravitate towards the Democrats the natural response will be to set in motion a greater white migration towards the Republicans. Why? The appeal of the Democrats is that they promise a racial spoils system and wealth redistribution and because there is wealth disparity between whites and blacks/Hispanics, this means that there will be a wealth transfer from whites towards minorities. Whites who stand today with the Democrats will be less likely to do so in the future as they are penalized by such policies. A far healthier political distribution would see racial/gender/culture random distributions between the political parties so that we avoid the overlap of race and political party.What I find crazy about this whole "Blacks voted for one of their own kind" argument is that African Americans have been voting for White presidents since they first were given the right to vote. But suddenly when a viable Black presidential candiate burst upon the sceen and takes the country by storm suddenly we're all racist because we put the power of our vote to work for one of our own?
Whites are not yet a solidified racial voting bloc like blacks.What does that say about the millions of White people who have voted for nothing but White presidential hopefuls throughout this country's history?