Why Blacks Should Consider McCain

If Limbaugh can register a protest vote for Hillary, why can't we look at the GOP?


With the congressional balance tilting in favor of Democrats, McCain would have a hard time getting reactionary legislation passed or right-wing Supreme Court nominees approved (not that he is a darling of the GOP right-wing anyway.) He has made a big show of his support for remaining in Iraq but truthfully no one will be able to guarantee a quick withdrawal from the region. And to his credit, McCain clearly opposed the Bush Administration’s mad attempts to justify torture and broke with the right-wing on immigration reform.

More importantly, John McCain would be 72 by the time he took office, and 76 in 2012. Given the fact that he is a divisive figure in the GOP — and that he would turn 76 during the 2012 campaign — it is likely that he would face a strong challenge from within the party during the next election cycle. From the outset, McCain’s candidacy has had the look of a one-termer.

I am a lifelong registered independent, operating on the belief that the Democratic Party should at least have to work for our support. If even 20 percent of the black vote went to McCain it would send a clear message to the Democrats that our days of being a cheap date are over.

William Jelani Cobb is associate professor of history at Spelman College and author of “The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays.” His blog, “The Delegate,” appeared on The Root last week.