Is it really a suprise that the party of Robert “KKK Kleagle” Byrd and DNC Chair Howard “Candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks” Dean, and the party that filibustered the Civil Rights Act, called the first black Secretary of State a “House Slave“, and whose last President never elevated racial minorities to positions of real power, could finally be losing some of the black vote?
The Maryland Democratic Party’s traditional support among blacks appears to be slipping, now that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons — who has helped register thousands of Democratic voters — has endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele for the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Simmons is scheduled to hold a fundraiser tonight at Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park for Mr. Steele, the lieutenant governor and the first black to win a statewide office in Maryland.
“Russell Simmons is one of the leading progressive voices in America,” said Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
“This is a major endorsement for Lieutenant Governor Steele that will help him attract young people, as well as black voters,” Ms. Brazile said. “Once again, this should serve as a wake-up call to Democrats not to take their most loyal constituents and voters for granted.”
Oops. I guess “takin’ them for granted” isn’t a successful political strategy anymore.