Monday, January 14, 2008

Obama Leads Shill 66%-16% among Blacks

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One interesting counter-strategy the Clinton's have used is running Black Entertainment Televison founder Robert Johnson, an African-American--out there and having him slam Barack Obama. Johnson's shilling for the Clinton's is amusing at best and troubling at worst as here we have the first serious black presidential candidate ever and arguably the most successful black businessman in the country doesn't support him.

Speaking strictly from the business side of it, could his TV empire be hurt if Obama succeeds? The newest Rasmussen poll shows Obama with a huge lead over Shill among blacks nationally:

Somewhat surprisingly, as the campaign has tightened, racial tensions have bubbled to the surface with the two camps exchanging accusations. Those tensions are reflected in this week’s polling data. Overall, Clinton and Obama are close nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. But, among white voters, Clinton leads 41% to 27%. Among African-American voters, Obama leads 66% to 16%.
Now those numbers are probably not surprising to most people but the Clinton's have always had widespread support from African-Americans and that's not the case right now. Even the aforementioned Johnson raved about the Clinton's supposed contributions to the community so what are we seeing here exactly? Are we seeing the old school Johnson staying with the status quo because he doesn't think Obama is electable and he doesn't want to lose the support of Shill and Bill or are we seeing a bit of inner black racism because Obama isn't black enough?

Whatever the case, should Barack Obama win the nomination, would Johnson support him with his network or would he not? These are things that will add to the endless circus that is the 2008 election season.

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