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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 06:23 PM
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114. Why did Obama choose to run as/label himself a Democrat in the 1st place?
Edited on Mon Jul-11-11 06:27 PM by Divernan
When Obama entered politics, he was based in a Democratic city and in an era when the Illinois GOP was not endorsing any black candidates. Wouldn't do him any good to relocate to any other state. Nationally, the GOP had not sent a black man to the Senate for over 40 years (Republican moderate, Edward Brooke, elected in 1967), and before that, Reconstruction. The last black GOP Congressman was J.C. Watts, now retired.

Illinois, on the other hand, had elected black Democratic female, Carol Mosley Braun to the Senate in 1993.

Obama had NO choice but to run as a Democrat to have a political career, and Chicago, Illinois was an excellent choice for an ambitious black politician.

The Democratic party welcomed this bright, well-spoken, minority guy with open arms and open hearts. We ended up bringing a Trojan Horse, filled with admiration for Ronald Reagan, Big Corporations and GOP values (profits uber alles) into our midst.

Based on his policy choices and actions, versus his campaign rhetoric, and particularly his announced ambition to raise a billion dollars for his next campaign, he's firmly tied himself to the big money interests in the country - who also have no use for traditional Democratic programs/values, like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
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