Sooner or later, I think more and more Blacks are going to come to my line of thinking: be married to a political party does no good. You have to work BOTH parties as an independent, with financial resources, to get what you want out of politicians. Harry Jackson appears to be awakening.
"What they preach from the pulpit is consistent with [Republican] policies, but there was not an organized effort to have an ongoing relationship," Reeves said. "This is long-term."
But Jackson, at least, has become more skeptical about the party.
He thinks the GOP pays attention to evangelicals when it needs their votes but has not delivered when it comes to advancing their causes. Jackson said that after the 2004 election, he attended a White House meeting of evangelical leaders and listened as Rove said he didn't think the church vote had won the election for Bush.
Jackson told him: "I am a registered Democrat. The only reason I am here is because I thought you were working on issues of faith and that it would be better for my folks than the promises, promises of the Democratic party."
Democrats, he said, "come to us under the cloak of darkness at the last hour, get what they want and then act like they don't know us the next day."
That got a big laugh from the conservatives, he recalled. Then Jackson said he told Rove: "You all are doing the same thing to the evangelicals."
Time is on my side.