The old saying is that in politics You campaign in poetry, and govern in prose. And never has that been more true than with President Joe Biden. Although with Biden the poetry is more like an Irish limerick than Keats, and the prose is more like Studs Terkel or Mike Royko than Shakespeare.
Biden campaigned in poetry by pretty much promising everybody everything. And in truth Biden has really tried to carry through on his promises. But because you govern in prose, Biden hasn’t managed to give everybody everything they wanted, and so they’re all pissed at him.
I want to use two groups to make my main point. Nobody has done more to try to please his African American base, especially women African American voters than Biden. Biden named the first ever African American woman as his Vice Presidential candidate, and now she’s Vice President. And he followed through on his promise to appoint the first African American woman to the United States Supreme Court. But since with a razor thin majority in both the House and the Senate, Biden wasn’t able to come through on voting rights or police reform. So the glass is only half full.
The same thing for Hispanics. Biden has done pretty much everything he could with the hand he was dealt. He has appointed more Hispanics to senior management and even cabinet level than anybody else, and he has taken executive action to improve minority business ownership, including Hispanics. But thanks to two turncoat Democratic Senators, Biden has been unable to successfully deal with either DACA or comprehensive immigration reform. So again the glass is only half full.
But the despicable exposition put on today by the racist redneck Tennessee House of Delegates just not only changed, but laser defined the paradigm going forward. Because in a disgusting display of raw racism, the Tennessee House expelled two young, popular, talented African American legislators while letting an older white female legislator keep her job. And when the GOP legislator who cast the deciding vote admitted that the woman legislators skin color was the reason she survived the die was cast.
Because nobody has heard rhetoric or seen visual imagery like this since the days of the civil rights movement. In both of their defense statements the young black legislators pretty much specifically stated that they were not House Negroes who were there to sit down and shut up. And as a result, both of them are out of jobs tonight.
But the scene in the rotunda of the Capitol in Nashville was even more stark. More than 1000 students, mostly white, along with their parents treated the African American legislators as if they were heroes returning from the wars. And the loud bellows of Shame! Shame! Shame! that echoed from the rotunda into the House chamber only served to remind the GOP legislators that they were on the wrong side of history.
Today was devastating for the GOP chances nationwide in 2024. For the simple reason that it was raw and visceral. Older African Americans can immediately flashback to the civil right struggles of the 1960’s. And younger African Americans have heard those stories over the table at family gatherings since they were just out of diapers.
And since not a single national GOP figure has come out and spoken against the Tennessee House for their outrage, then that means that the national GOP is cool with the overt racism. Which takes them all, nationwide, back to the racist Jim Crow days. Come November of 2024, the African Americans will be out in near or record numbers to put the final nail in that coffin once again.
But what about the Hispanics? Well, The enemy of my enemy is my friend. However short they may have fallen in their promises, in their actions the Democrats have shown that they have the Hispanic’s best interests in mind. And the Hispanic community has had nothing but cold comfort from the GOP. And if the GOP manages to subjugate the African American vote, who is the next most logical minority for them to go up against? The Democrats may not be prefect, but at least they’re not antagonistic.
And here’s the wild card. In the last three elections the 18-24 vote has turned out in record numbers. They are more liberal, tolerant, and they know that it is up to them to clean up the mess that their parents have left for them. They have no time for overt racism, of any minority, nor any discrimination against the Latino, AAPI, or LGBTQ communities. I foresee that they will once again be out in record numbers in 2024 to put the GOP in their graves.
From a single snowflake, an avalanche can grow. The racist rednecks in the Tennessee legislature today thought that they were just playing local politics. And instead they ignited a national conflagration that may just consume the national GOP in 2024. Nice work morons. What’s next, kicking newborn puppies?