I’m not even sure what I should think about this.
Courtesy of Politico:
A generational divide among black voters is persisting in the Democratic primary — between the two old white men.
Joe Biden has amassed a staggering lead among older African Americans, commanding nearly two-thirds support of black voters 65 and older in the most recent Morning Consult poll. Bernie Sanders is the favorite of black millennials, though his margin with that group is much smaller. Among all black voters, Biden is leading Sanders, 41 percent to 20 percent.
Biden and Sanders have maintained their edges even as other candidates — including two African American senators, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, have courted black voters more aggressively in recent months. Though opinions could change in the runup to voting, the preferences of African Americans this deep into the campaign has major implications for the election: As black voters go, so goes the mantle of Democratic front-runner — and likely the presidential nominee.
The irony of two white septuagenarians commanding majority support among African Americans — despite running in a historically diverse Democratic field — isn’t lost on black elected officials, operatives and voters. Several of them interviewed for this story said it speaks to the belief among many black voters that Biden is both best positioned to beat Donald Trump in a general election and to the loyalty he earned after eight years as Barack Obama’s No. 2.
They say that black voters are very pragmatic and really examine the issues that a candidate is running on and their electibility before making their choice.
So with that in mind this does make some kind of sense.
However I also find it somewhat troubling that Joe Biden seems to benefit from a sort of reflected glory from his time as Obama’s VP.
That means he did not earn that support so much as benefit from standing in the splash zone as buckets of it were thrown to his more deserving political pal
At least in Bernie’s case his policies were what carved off the youth vote.
That seems to me a little more respectable than simply standing next to a black man for eight years.
But hey, what do I know?
After all I am just a white middle aged male who is more impressed with the female candidates than the dudes.