At the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans last week, Michelle Bachmann, the U.S. representative and candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, called out President Barack Obama by appealing to his base, African-American voters. The Minnesota congresswoman charged that Obama had failed African Americans.
Obama may defy history if he is reelected with unemployment at 9.1 percent. Presidential candidates are gunning for Obama as they seek to tie him to America’s joblessness.
Bachmann, as quoted by CNSNews.com:
“The status quo certainly isn’t working for the African-American community, with 16 percent unemployment, or the Hispanic community, with nearly 12 percent unemployment.”
“It’s even worse for the youth: For Hispanic youth right now, 26 percent unemployment; for African-American youth, 40 percent unemployment.”
“This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community. He has failed us all when it comes to jobs.”
By citing high unemployment rates for African Americans and Latinos, Bachmann reinforced what some African-American political analysts have said. One particular Obama critic, Princeton University professor Cornel West, argues that the first African-American president’s policies have not increased black progress but rather benefited Wall Street and white elites.
It must be noted that black people have not done well in America’s economic downturn and have, in many cases, fared much worse than others.
But do the challenges Obama faces on any level make Bachmann a more appealing replacement? No. Her only success seems to be calling Obama out and promoting the negative conversation.