Saturday, February 17, 2007

Obama: A Black Man Can Be President, Ford: Yeah But Not You

ObamaObama: U.S. ready for black president
AP - White House hopeful Barack Obama, taking a fellow black lawmaker to task, said Saturday voters are ready to elect a black president.

Obama responded to comments this past week by Democratic state Sen. Robert Ford of Charleston, who helped mobilize black voters for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in 2004, but has switched to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential race.

Ford said Tuesday that Obama, a first-term senator, has much to prove. "The media made this guy bigger than life," Ford said. "This guy isn't tested and they made him a rock star."

Ford said one reason he was supporting Clinton, the New York senator, is that he is skeptical Obama can win the presidency and worries his nomination could hurt other Democratic candidates.

"Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose — because he's black and he's top of the ticket. We'd lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything," Ford said.

Looks like I am in agreement with two Democrats. Obama is right: a black man can be President in America. And Ford is right: if Obama is on top of the ticket, Democrats will lose it all in '08. I pontificate why Obama cannot winhere in great detail.

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