Usually, at least from my perspective, a Chris Matthews (“Hardball”) commentary is so far out in ‘left field’ (pun intended) that I will tune it out. Matthews does have his moments however!
Case in point: in a recent discussion with Chuck Todd, NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent, and Howard Fineman from the Huffington Post Matthews posed an interesting (and unfortunately prophetic) question:
“Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president? Is that going to be something that just ratchets people?”
I heard the statistic on a radio talk show just this morning that 90% of black voters polled will be voting for President Obama in November. 90%!!! That HAS to be a mistake.
If that 90% figure is not a mistake, What does that tell you? It tells me that Obama can do anything, commit any sin against America or the Constitution and 90% of black voters will forget or ignore it just because he’s the ‘first black president'”
On second thought, I guess I can sort of understand that if it’s true. Blacks in the United States (and before it became united) have a blighted history to look back on and now the unbelievable has happened; a black man has become the leader of that very country. Even the First Lady publically admitted that, before that happened, she wasn’t really proud of the United States or, apparently, proud to be an American.
It’s terribly sad to think about black history and realize that it happened here but, to me it’s even sadder to realize that we have that many people who apparently have their heads buried in history to the extent that, it can only be assumed, they don’t give a damn about this country or where it will be headed, under President Obama’s guidance, should he be reelected.