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  •  You guys must problem with (4+ / 0-)
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    criticism. So much so, it causes you to hear things that aren't been said.

    I am willing to bet that the overwhelming majority of Black and Hispanic voters will focus more on Republican obstruction, and less on Obama's failings, than you do.

    This is exactly the sort of thing that I did not say. What I said, and I repeat it, was that we've got a problem on the economy. You may not be able to contemplate that in your world. But in my world (a 90% black neighborhood), the only thing people keep bringing up about Obama is that he hasn't fixed the economy. They keep talking about how they want him to do something about jobs. Thats why I keep talking about jobs all the time because my community hasn't gotten shit from Obama except higher unemployment and a foreclosure crisis that has gone on unabated.

    So, as I told the other commenter...you can just coast on your 2008 laurels and expect people to show up if you want. Good luck with that. But if I were you, I'd be less concerned with "HOPE" and far more concerned about "JOBS." But since you refuse to push the president to do anything he isn't already doing, effective or not, I'll do it and just keep hammering away until we get some action.

    Expect more.

    •  Keith's district is also predominantly Black (5+ / 0-)

      and part of what I was doing was contrasting his approach to yours.  His district has very high Black unemployment, and just experienced a devastating tornado.  Yet he refused to take the bait to blame Obama when it was thrown his way.  I am also Black and live in a predominantly Black neighborhood and attend a Black church, etc. etc. etc., and the people I'm around tell me that they despite the racist tea baggers and think they have hamstrung Obama.  

      I can't account for why our experiences are so different, but I don't think the data contains much support for your analysis.  

      •  And I would appreciate it if you wouldn't address (4+ / 0-)
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        me as "you guys."  First, I am female, and second I am not writing on behalf of a group.  And I also wanted to say that I was just listening to Adam Green on MSNBC, and his approach was also, in sharp contrast to Keith's, to focus on Obama.  I favor Keith's approach because he stands up for his principles while also refusing to align himself (either intentionally or unintentionally) with the forces of evil.

      •  Per Wikipedia MN-5=12.9% Black n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  You are right that his district is not majority (1+ / 0-)
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          Black.  It also contains Somalians and Liberians and Hmong and Latinos, and a fair number of White urban pioneers.  The near north side, which is where the area gets its metropolitan wide reputation as a ghetto, is 58 percent black, according to the city's statistics.  See

          Near North Side

          Keith's district is, of course, larger than this. Thank you for pushing me to be more precise.  But despite this correction, my description of what Keith said on NPR today is accurate.

          Below is a link to his interview:Keith Ellison on NPR

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