Lincoln and the black vote | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lincoln and the black vote

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Conventional wisdom is that U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln is even more in peril without her traditional strong support from black voters. We've written before about the distinct unhappiness among blacks about the scarcity of blacks in the first nominations for four open federal judgeships in Arkansas. So far, two white males have been nominated. Because of the death of one nominee, there's now one black candidate for a judgeship among those sent forward.

That doesn't mean Lincoln's troubles are over. Congressional Quarterly writes about the ongoing unhappiness.

But the Arkansas NAACP and officers at the W. Harold Flowers Law Society — formerly known as the Arkansas Black Lawyers Association — say they have been informed that the administration is now considering that particular candidate for a U.S. attorney post rather than a judgeship.

The leaders fear that means the issue of a lack of black nominees is back to square one.

On Feb. 5, society president and Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Marion Humphrey wrote to Lincoln and Pryor requesting a meeting to discuss his group’s ongoing frustration with the matter.

He pointed out Tuesday that the only black federal judge serving in Arkansas was appointed when Republicans controlled the process.

“African Americans fared better under President George W. Bush than it appears that we are doing under President Barack Obama and two senators of his party,” Humphrey wrote. “There is the belief among us that the two of you could make this issue known to the president if you choose to do so.”

The article also quotes Dale Charles of the NAACP and Austin Porter Jr., a Little Rock lawyer, as expressing unhappiness about the nomination process.

The rest of this story is that disaffection with Lincoln among the black community was apparent before the nomination controversy arose. It won't be enough for her to pass out the usual street money to the usual Delta suspects to get a robust turnout (if that practice ever produced anything in the first place.)


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