As I was watching Hannity on Fox News last night on one of his segments featured Tavis Smiley. Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, liberal political commentator. He currently hosts the PBS talk show Tavis Smiley. He was brining to light how he has become disenfranchised with President Obama. He and fellow Poverty Tour speaker Cornell West have been critical of his hands off approach to the poor, mostly inner city and Native American reservation poor. Cornell West teaches African American studies as a Professor at Princeton University, and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of American. The fact of the matter is while Obama’s approval rating dropped 5% among blacks, he still enjoys 85% support. He also dropped 5 points in the Hispanic community, from 59% to 54%. There will always be some support in these camps despite the fact that their lives are steadily getting worst. But he is losing numbers.Obama has kept unemployment in the nine percent bracket, has focused on deficit instead of jobs and panders to the rich and elite. As more and more of his poor supporters witness more $2500 a plate diners they will one by one move away from supporting him. The problem is that he was seen as one of them. They expected more from him just because he was black. There I said it. A lot of the last liberal voters that turned out last election never had voted before. Having never studied politics they couldn’t understand that he would have never one if he had focused on one particular faction. I read somewhere, and if I could remember where, I would credit them. In order for a minority political to win locally, say, a city councilman, he focused on his constituents. Mostly made up of an ethnic or race group. But as he expanded out to city, state or national seats he had to broaden his constituency to everyone, abandoning the singular original core.
And Justice from All
More than six in 10 now disapprove of Obama’s work on jobs and the economy. This is everybody. Obama needs to shore up the same base that put him in office in 2008. But he can’t. He has always ran on the “One America” platform. If he placates his base he risks further losses from the rest of the majority. Already more and more independents are starting to look at GOP policies on the economy and job creation. He has an uphill battle. Frankly one I can’t see him winning, considering he basically has one year to do what he couldn’t in two and a half.