With Obama winning New Hampshire, according to most polls and pundits..(I still want the voters to decide regardless of what they say..) the next and I believe the ultimate test for him will be South Carolina.
Obama will have to convince his own people that he can ultimately win the presidency.
Some would think this would be the easiest part of all but believe me it isn’t.
Black Americans have been skeptical of his electability since 2004, even I was one them although not for the typical reasons. I promise to elaborate on a later date.
African Americans are notorious for their distrust of politicians and the US government. Thus by extension African American politicians have to confront a two edged sword.
Politicians often promise the moon but deliver nothing but sawdust but African American politicians on the other hand are expected to promise everything, sacrifice nothing, deliver most if not everything and keep it real all at the same time and this for any politician is impossible and this is what most if not all African American politicians encounter before winning the trust and loyalty of his/her respective African American communities after winning it’s a different stroy all together..just check out the story of Marion Barry the mayor of DC. Now imagine a black politician having to do this on a national scale?
That’s why I hope Obama and his strategists have started to line their ducks all up in a row because the Clinton campaign is going to pull no punches when it comes to South Carolina because he’s going to get it both ways from his own and from the Clinton machinery.
I’m sure the Clinton campaign has already positioned itself to use clandestine divide and rule tactics and destructive trench warfare which have been inordinately successful since slavery days in separating and diverting black people from common mutually beneficial goals not just in the US but throughout the entire black diaspora.
The Clinton campaign has already siphoned off prominent African American donors, activists, politicians and religious leaders and I’m sure they will be utilising them to their fullest effect between now and then but they must do all their dirty activities in the dark or walk a very thin line because if the majority of black voters in South Carolina were to ever believe the Clintons were trying to stop the march of the first ever viable black candidate towards the presidency of the United States it would be all over for Hillary. The blacklash towards her would be so immense that not even Bill with his office in Harlem and his saxophone playing could stop black voters from marching lock step and barrel towards Barack Obama shouting and singing the late James Brown’s song..I’m Black and I’m Proud…lol..
I can only hope that come January 26th, South Carolina will make us proud by voting for Obama and the state with the motto, while I breathe, I hope, will not kill the aspirations and dreams of millions of Americans and global citizens by voting for his opposition whomever it maybe.
N.B I’ll be live blogging the New Hampshire results..make sure you check back here regularly..let’s see if he makes it two in a row..