October 17, 2011

WHEN EVEN IDENTITY POLITICS FAILS:

Key backing for Obama slips in N.C. (Tracy Jan, October 17, 2011, Boston Globe)

When Lucille Richmond cast her ballot for Barack Obama three years ago, she, like many African-Americans, embraced the historic opportunity to help elect the nation's first black president.

But waiting in line at the county employment security commission last week, the 52-year-old grandmother - who lost two food preparation jobs and is searching for full-time work - can't muster the will to support Obama for a second term.

"I don't see what he's done,'' said Richmond, a Democrat. "I'm not even going to waste my time and vote.''

The president will visit North Carolina today in an attempt to stem such sentiments as he promotes his jobs bill. Obama's most ardent supporters in Durham's black community worry that waning enthusiasm among African-Americans may prevent him from repeating his razor-thin North Carolina victory of 2008.

Posted by at October 17, 2011 6:59 AM
  

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