When is an editorial board a coward? When it is the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat; that’s when. They had plenty to say about all of the local races and the ballot initiatives but didn’t go out on a limb and endorse either presidential candidate. If I missed something, somebody please tell me. So in today’s edition of our rag sheet, Executive Editor Bob Gabordi is now proclaiming that Obama has earned the support of everyone. His support is predicated upon the fact that President-elect Obama won in a convincing matter. Convincing matter my ass! Mr. Obama has a mandate based on the popular and electoral votes.
Meanwhile, Associate Editor Meredith Clark writes that we now have a symbol of what we can achieve. I say bullshit. There have been and still are symbols that young people can look up too as to what we can achieve. I agree with Tavis Smiley when he said “You cannot extrapolate the success of Barack Obama and project it on the rest of black America,” especially when systemic racism is alive and well.
Barrack Obama is truly an example of where preparation and exceptional ability coupled with a little luck met opportunity and elevated him to the highest office in the land. Like Mr. Gabordi, I wish him well. Like Ms. Cark, he is but one example of what we can achieve. Locally, why don’t we get our young people to stay in school, reduce the infant mortality rate, and reduce the number of young black men who occupy the Leon County jail? These after the fact platitudes are okay and well meaning.
But the Democrat should have shown the courage to make a choice one way or another before the election. If the Democrat gets into the endorsing business then they should have run the gambit from county dog catcher to the president of the United States. This is just another example of the Democrat straddling the fence and then jumping on the bandwagon after the fact. Cowards!