Chocolate City Keeps Its Flavor
Ray Nagin was re-elected Mayor of Chocolate City yesterday:
Nagin won with 52.3 percent, or 59,460 votes, to Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s 47.7 percent, or 54,131 votes. While the vote was split largely along racial lines, Nagin got enough of a crossover in predominantly white districts to make the difference. He also won a slim majority of absentee and fax votes cast by evacuees scattered across the country.
Greg Rigamer, a political and demographic analyst, said on Sunday that about one-fifth of black and white voters crossed over to support Nagin and Landrieu. Black voters, who made up a little more than half of all voters in the primary, had higher turnout, he said.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it was about his leadership style that impressed the voters so much…
Maybe it was his whiny attitude that made him sparkle to the city’s residents after the destruction of New Orleans? Maybe it was his refusal to evacuate the city before the storm? Maybe it was the extra 15-20 thousand body bags he ordered? Maybe it was the over-reaction to the violence, murder and rape in the dome? Maybe it was because he blamed Bush, then thanked Bush, then blamed Bush, then thanked Bush? Maybe it was because he didn’t supply the dome and convention center with enough supplies to get the people through three days without food and water (the people were told to bring enough supplies of their own)? Maybe it was because the media did not show the suffering whites in suburban New Orleans who were stranded on their rooftops? Maybe it was simply the buses?
Or, maybe, it was really a simple black and white thing. As Powerline says:
Having witnessed Marion Barry repeatedly elected mayor of Washington, D.C., I can’t say I’m surprised at Nagin’s success. Re-electing an unsuccessful or disgraced mayor apparently can become a source of civic pride, particularly when the racial politics are right.
It is hard to imagine a white politician getting a pass like Nagin did, for saying something like:
“This city will be a majority (White) city. It’s the way God wants it to be. You can’t have it no other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans.”
“We ask (White) people. . . . It’s time for us to come together,” said the mayor, who is (White).
“It’s time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be a (Vanilla) New Orleans,” he said. “And I don’t care what people are saying in Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be (Vanilla) at the end of the day.”
A white politician giving that little speech wouldn’t have to worry about re-election!
Maybe it’s just me, but I sense a double standard.
Independent Conservative is wondering when Jesse Jackson is going to start his promised investigation.