October 2, 2002
LET MY PEOPLE GO:
Complicating the Race
(Jonathan D. Tepperman, April 28, 2002, New York Times Magazine)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2002 7:44 PM
One other group whose self-appointed representatives are constant shills for the Democrats with little of late to show for it, was also ignored: They didn't consider any women, either.
It's the party of women, just as the GOP is the party of men.
It's a cute argument but it isn't true.
Corey Booker would be fiercely opposed by the teachers' unions, who are one of the key Democratic constituencies in votes and, more importantly, in fundraising.
Furthermore, Booker is not New Jersey pre-eminent Black politician. I could name 10, perhaps 20, black pols who would have greater support amongst the black community. The truth is that Newark's corrupt mayor Sharpe James won in part by making "Uncle Tom" claims against Booker--and, sadly, they stuck.
Far more viable black candidates (at least from the perspective of picking up all the black votes and getting them to turn out) range anywhere from Rep. Donald Payne to head of the Black Ministers' Council Reginald Jackson.
All of these people are anti-vouchers; thus, there candidacies would retain more of the black vote and more of the teachers' vote.
That's the point. The black vote is a given, what Mr. Booker would do is appeal to whites, including Republicans.
Also, blacks are generally pro-voucher. It's suburban whites who oppose them, to keep the black kids out.
Ike Hilliard? Speaking of the NJ Giants, that's where he plays. He's a WR.
I think you mean EARL