October 30, 2004


TONE DEAF (ROBERT A. GEORGE, October 29, 2004, NY Post)

Bush owes part of his gain to the social conservatism of many black Americans. Blacks are more likely to oppose abortion and gay marriage than whites — that's Bush's side on both issues. [...]

But Kerry's problems with blacks go beyond simple issues. Discuss the candidate with African-Americans — even those likely to vote for him — and you'll often hear that he is "distant" and "tone deaf."

Look at what just happened in the key swing state of Ohio.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, Kerry gave a speech at a high school in the small town of Xenia, outside Dayton. Nearby is Wilberforce University — the oldest private historically black institution of higher learning, whose president is former Rep. Floyd Flake (D-Queens).

A rally, mainly of students from Wilberforce and its sister school, Central State University, was staged at the Wilberforce campus. Organizers were led to believe that if there were at least 100 people, Kerry's motorcade would make a quick stop.

Eventually 150 students and supporters — including congressional candidate Kara Anastasio — gathered for four hours on a cold (rainy and snowy) Ohio day.

And the Kerry caravan drove right on by. All the long-suffering got from the candidate was a clenched "victory" fist out the window.

According to Shavon Ray, president of Wilberforce's NAACP, the students were devastated — with comments such as "This is why I don't vote."

Ray told the local NAACP chapter the affair was a "slap in the face." [...]

Meanwhile, this past Wednesday, George W. Bush had a huge rally in the Pontiac Silverdome in the battleground state of Michigan. On stage with him were two of the most popular black gospel singers — Marvin Winans and Freeport, Long Island's own Donnie McClurkin.

There's a psychology PH. D. waiting for whoever wants to explain this essay about the contempt Mr. Kerry displays for blacks coming a week after this black columnist endorsed the Senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2004 9:01 AM

My understanding is that it was Robert P George who endorsed Kerry, not Robert A George.

Posted by: Bart at October 30, 2004 10:48 AM

vice versa--P is the serious conservative Catholic philosopher.

Posted by: oj at October 30, 2004 11:37 AM

Its not that hard, like most billionaires he is contemptuous of the menials.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 30, 2004 5:26 PM