I'm going to point to a situation and follow it up with an observation. This will center on politics surrounding Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.
Situation: Michael Steele asked the National Black Republican Association to stop a radio ad that Steele felt was divisive and insulting to Blacks.
Observation: Michael Steele has used the "stuck on the Democrat plantation" rhetoric that some, including me, find offensive. In fact, one time Steele was on a radio talk show, I called him and argued with him that the comment is insulting and equivalent to the name calling he was complaining about. He disagreed with my comment. More here about "the ad."
Situation: Conservative radio in Baltimore went NUTS over a comment made by a Black Maryland Democrat when she said "party trumps race." Essentially she was saying that Blacks should vote the party, even if the person running in general election is of another race and the opposition party is running someone of your race. In this instance, it would me voting for a Democrat rather than voting for Republican Michael Steele, even if he is Black.
Observation: If you are a partisan, what is wrong with the comment "party trumps race"? Isn't that a definition of being partisan?
Situation: In 2002 when Robert Ehrlich was running for governor of Maryland, there were life size cardboard cut outs of Michael Steele with the caption, "Vote for him. He's one of us" in "the hood."
Observation: That's racial politics.
Situation: When Al Sharpton ran for the Democrat presidential nomination, he won ONLY ONE MAJORITY BLACK DISTRICT.
Observation: Blacks will vote for non-Blacks when it matters.
Situation: Michael Steele has stated many times that Blacks need to focus on the issues, their own beliefs, and then make political choices based on who more closely aligns with their beliefs. He has said race should not be a factor. That's a great statement that cannot be denied. Later, he was quoted in The U.S. News & World Report as stating that if he has a race against Mfume, he would go to white voters with the message that he, Steele, would represent ALL voters while Mfume would only represent one race.
Observation: No comment needed.
Situation: Rep. Al Wynn is in a political fight for his life. The votes are still being counted and he has a very slim lead over his challenger Donna Edwards. Donna Edwards, in her first political race, was able to make it a close race because of her grass roots efforts and especially because she challenged Wynn not only in Prince Georges County, MD, which is predominantly Black, but in Montgomery County, MD, where Wynn is not strong. She challenged Wynn on his support of the bankruptcy reform law, an energy bill, and his support for the war in Iraq. Basically, she is saying Al Wynn is out of touch with his district.
Observation: Edwards took on Wynn by addressing the issues. These are two Black Democrats going head to head, hand to hand, man to [wo]man. Two Black candidates with no race baiting going on. Compare that to what Steele stated his plan would be if Steele ran against Mfume.
Just some observations.