Monday, July 25, 2005

Hornet's Nests

Dell Gill set out an email that said essentially I am an idiot who doesn't know what I am talking about. About many things this can be said to be undeniably true. In this case he is wrong.

Let's see, Roscoe lost because he spent 50% of the time campaigning in East Memphis. Okay, I'll take your word on that. Unfortunately, he did this with a man who has a decided lack of charisma for inspring people, Jim Strickland. I like Jim because he helped bail Mike Kernell out several times, but a man that is inspitational and willmotivate people in working class white neighborhoods to get out and vote for a black candidate? No.

You say that it was North Memphis blacks who lost him the election. Hmm, could it be because there was no mail outs to any of these districts? You do a mail out and they would have known that Roscoe Dixon is a black man who just happens to have a name that sounds like a Dukes of Hazzard fan.

Roscoe never did door to door or anything in my district in 2004. I know a lot of people consider the University District East Memphis, it ain't. East Memphis starts at Oak Court. The people in the neighborhoods near mine are closer to Mid-Town then East Memphis. Come to Mid-Town and give people a reason to vote for you.

I don't get it. When you see a canidate for office or people you know are on his campaign and you tell them, hey, we are doing door to door for the X campaign, save your money and just give us some literature and a quick explanation and we'll do it for you, you would expect to get some information, right?

A black can win county wide. Witness AC Wharton. How did he win? He outworked his opponents, took nothing for granted, and told the detractors within his campaign to shut it and get in line. If you don't follow this example, you are doomed for failure every time.


At 11:57 PM, Blogger LeftWingCracker said...

Speaking of hornet's nests, I gave Strickland your email address...

At 11:14 AM, Blogger BD Friend said...

I wonder how much time Del spent campaigning in white areas as the Democratic nominee (was it Trustee?). If he did, how effective was it (OK, in the spirit of congenial language I'm resisting the temptation to discuss OCD and overt racial language) with him, Roscoe, and other African American candidates running Countywide?

All I saw from him and other candidates (except AC) were some vague 4x8 signs on thoroughfares. Is it too much for a candidate to bring a generic message, like more efficiency and savings in tax money and that the candidate has these qualifications to do it better? Many of the Demo nominees have been well qualified but rank and file voters were not aware of it.

African American candidates can win Countywide but they have to realize, like everyone else, that you can't win just by having a black face and a "D" by your name on the ballot. Most people who consider themselves Democrats are more concerned about their kids going to Iraq, job security, too few or too many retail stores in their neighborhood, etc. than building up the Party. As active Dems,we have to continually reinforce the message to these folks.

That's my rant for the day.


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