What’s a brother to do?

I’ve done a couple of stories on Barack Obama and the ’08 election, but I figured I’d hold off a while on doing any more, since we’re still a while out from the election. To put it in terms that the kind of people who read this site are likely to understand, there’s still one Super Bowl, two NBA Finals and two World Series between now and then.

But the thing about ’08 is that it’s a lot more wide open at this point than previous elections have been. Not that I’m that old or anything, but this might be the first time in my life that there isn’t an incumbent president or vice president in the race. In fact, the real story this time around could be the race for the nomination, which is just now beginning to heat up.

Just this past week, the first debates were held between the candidates of the two major parties, and already this week there’s been the announcement of at least two major endorsements: Oprah Winfrey is throwing her considerable weight (get it?) behind Barack Obama, while Russell Simmons has decided to endorse the relatively obscure Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Hmm…

Here’s the thing: I seriously doubt any of the major candidates were trying to court the coveted Russell Simmons endorsement, especially with the amount of flak hip-hop has been catching as of late. In the same Times Magazine interview in which Rush called Barack Obama a mouse(?!), he mentioned having once did yoga with John Edwards, but I wasn’t sure what to make of that.

On the other hand, the Oprah endorsement is obviously a big deal, especially given the facts that, a) we’re still so far out from the election, b) so many women in this country will buy or do whatever she says, and c) she normally prefers to take the Bono approach to electoral politics – not siding with one party over the other, lest she run afoul of whoever ends up winning.

Which brings up an interesting point: Is the hip-hop community really planning on endorsing the same candidate as Oprah Winfrey: negro woman from the South enemy of hip-hop? Interestingly enough, Barack Obama has taken a few shots of his own against hip-hop, which is what caused Russell Simmons to call him a mouse.

Based on the past few stories I’ve done here on the ’08 election, I would assume that most of you d-bags are planning on voting for Barack Obama. In the last story I did, on the utter futility of tempting to court the young black/hip-hop community by posing for a picture with Beyonce, there was quite a bit of uproar that I even dared to criticize the first viable black candidate evar.

As if.

Like I said, we’re still a while out from the election; for all we know, there could be even more people entering and exiting the race between now and then. But it’ll interesting to see who the majority of the hip-hop community decides to support and how they arrive at that decision. My guess is that whatever they (we?) do, it’s not going to involve a whole lot of thought, but you guys know I’m a hater like that.

  • bang em

    1ST!!!!!!

  • stoneyisland

    Fuck Obama. Clinton is da shit. I’d fuck her old ass in a heart beat

  • T.R.E.Y.

    John McCain is THE hip-hop candidate

  • gees

    man bol what the fuck you got against Obama and stoneyisland Im assuming you from the Chi and you aint even go support Obama thats fucked up

  • Danny

    Cam’Ron for president 08!!!!

  • jeff

    Bol, I think we both know why Oprah has jumped on the nutsack of senator Obama. She jumped on his nuts for the same reason that the rest of liberal America did. In all honesty, the folks that knew they were going to vote for him decided to support him when they saw him on the cover of Ebony, Essence, Jet, etc. I will not count the man out, but he hasn’t even launched a formal platform yet..but nobody really knows his angle. The debate just displayed how articulate he was, but he didn’t impress me anymore than the other candidates. He’s mulatto and safe looking, so that’s good enough for the average shallow american. White folks who do not consider themselves biggots will vote for him just to try to prove that they think blacks are equal. Oprah endorses Barack, but she personally invited R. Kelly to come watch The Color Purple on Broadway, so it’s obvious that she is a puppet and not really an informed individual. Two years ago she listened to 50 Cent in her ipod, but now she wants rappers to clean up their images. We both know damn well that Barack would be trying to get up on 106 and Park right now if hip-hop wasn’t under it’s current scrutiny, so yeah..he’s a puppet. But he’s a politician just like those other white guys (and gal) so it’s just a matter of who has the best game.

  • NoMamesBuey

    ABG (Anyone But Giuliani). Douchiliani will continue the dictator, Constitution-violating ways of the Worst Ever Gee Dubbz Bush.

    If McCain wins the ReThuglican nomination, I will party like it’s 1999, word to Prince & Bill Clinton. This way between McCain or any Dem candidate, we should at least get an “OK” president ala George Bush Sr 41

    It’s said that I’m so desperate for an OK leader, but after 6 years of the Worst Ever I have realistic & lowered expectations.

  • Dr Flav

    Y’all shit is getting old, I mean is there nothing uplifting in the blogosphere. where is the stuff that shines positivity? I keep reading criticism of individual’s successes and gloating at individuals failures on here. Is that what hip hop on a higher level is about? What is a brother to do when so many are Blind, Deaf and Dumb, MY BROTHER!

  • Moe Real

    I’d have sex with Oprah before Hillary.

  • thoreauly77

    hilarious post bol. you had me rolling with “as if” and “in terms”, etc. anywho, we’ve been through this before. i’ll vote for whoever can quote “paid in full” right off the top, beginning to end.

    i wanna hear some of those def rhymes…

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  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROXONE

    Co-sign anybody but Julie…. Kill Julie in 08!!!!

  • GERALD N. THE BIRDMAN

    “..there’s still one Super Bowl, two NBA Finals and two World Series between now and then.”

    TWO STANLEY CUPS. OTTAWA HAS A BLACK GOALIE–BUT FUCK OTTAWA-GO SABRES.

  • PhillyRepresent

    i dont want to see him assassinated so i wont be voting for obama

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Hey morons, Hillary Clinton will be the new president. I would vote for a brother(?) but it wont happen. On top of that I don’t want a black face to be the poster child of invading other peoples lands, because it will continue regardless of who is president.

    So, in the words of Lenox from Belly, “…I put my trust (vote) in a winner, not a loser…”

    That winner is Hillary Clinton.

  • Ali

    dems & reps both suck but if i had 2 choose ill pick dems….Obama 08

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    Don’t know, Don’t even know if the shit will matter, shits been fucked up since i been here. I’m votin on whoeva i think will embezzle the least amount of gwap by the time the election season hits.

    Right now i really don’t care cause i don’t see a change, these past few years have been so fucked up it will take at least 2 consecutive terms of realistic judgement and advisory to even improve foriegn relations (yeah the immigrants are wildin for the freedom of gettin paper here), let alone the smallest steps towards a change here in the states.

    Hopefully whoeva takes over this shit will have a total 180 degree approach to the shit i gotta shake my head at readin or watching the news, and general info-hunting in regards to the political state of affairs, and thats if i even care to wanna know at the time.

  • crackaz killaz fo lifez niggaz

    “TS GIULIANI TIME” NIGGAZ THATS WHAT THE PIG SAID BEFORE HE STICK THAT PLUNGER UP THAT AFRICANS NIGGAZ ASS

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    FIRST OFF FUCK HILARY…SECOND OBAMA??? I DONT KNOW YET. IM STILL KEEPING MY OPTIONS OPEN. BUT I WISH I COULD KNOW THEM ALOT MORE PERSONALLY SO I COULD GET SOME KIND OF NO BID CONTRACT OR SOME SHIT.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    CRACKAZ..U FUCKIN MOOLIE I’LL KICK YA FUCKIN HEART IN SPADE…..FUCK U

  • gon pucons

    #
    crackaz killaz fo lifez niggaz Says:

    May 9th, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    “TS GIULIANI TIME” NIGGAZ THATS WHAT THE PIG SAID BEFORE HE STICK THAT PLUNGER UP THAT AFRICANS NIGGAZ ASS

    LOL

  • Malcolm

    Mike Gravel is the only worthy Democratic candidate. peep http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Gravel He is the only one is truly against aggressive imperialist wars and for a functioning democracy.

  • N.O. 4 life

    really how many people who are in the “hip hop community” are gonna be voting…and if they all will it really matter…nah…black vote doesnt count do your math…blacks 1/10 tenth of population in america…. we could all vote for the same person and still not change a thing

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile 6

    the thing is, how many people over the age of 40 support hip hop? not many I’m sure. if the man was asked a question about hip hop and answered it honestly, how much more can you ask for. if you want to hate on him, have a legitimate reason besides him not acting like calling girls bitches is cool. ask hillary what she thinks about hip hop, I’m sure her answer won’t be coddling either. the media is looking for a way to turn blacks away from obama, and suck ass haterz like bol is feeding right into it.

  • dre4life

    1st of all, lets leav oprah out of this, i think obamas cool, n i think its good 2 hav a black president 4 a change, n about him not lovin hip-hop, who giv a fuck wat he thinks bout our shit, its not like he can stop us anyways, even if he really became president, hip-hop never dies babe!!! bottom line, whoever got elected, cant do worse than bush anyways

  • stoneyisland

    as a brother who has voted since the late 80′s, I know enough to say without a doubt that the democrats cant afford to split votes between Obama and Hilary, after the last 12 years of republicans fucking up the world do we really need to question who is the better canidate? shit black people wake the fuck up if you think america is ready to pick a black president with limit political clout over a white women then you are stupid as fuck. I voted for clinton back in the day and I will use my constitutional right to vote for his ole lady. America will have a woman president before a black president, write that shit down if you have too, if Obama was smart he get on the clinton ticket as a VP candidate, sit back play his position for 4 to 8 years then get the tickets nomination when she bounces.

  • stoneyisland

    Do you honestly think if Ibama somehow wins tht it will have a impact on the everyday lives of black people? beside for the historic acomplishment will racism end? will abuse by the police stop? think about it, take a moment, I’ll wait……………

  • DB Killaz

    Did that guy call his readers stupid and “d-bags” in the same article?

  • http://google.com JoePublic

    One of the most startling truths in the United States the last six years has been a gradual build-up of distrust of government. Every week we see on TV, the newspaper, CNN, FOX news, Msnbc another Republican-Gop scandal that always has a fall guy that is in Bush’s inner circle. George W Bush has fiercely polarized the American public, side against side, people against people on far more than just party affiliations. I don’t wish Bush ill will, I don’t wish harm on anyone for that matter, but he should be held accountable for his actions. When a president takes the oath of office he swears his loyalty to protecting the Constitution of the United States of America, not to his inner circle and political party. His actions are in VIOLATION of the constitution of the United States. And while no Democrat or Republican will just come out an say it (they have votes to get) I assure you they would probably agree in their heart of hearts with the following: Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, they should all be in jail. Their brash actions with no truthful intelligence or legitimate reasons have not only allowed for the murder of thousands of Americans in Iraq, they have allowed for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in the middle east. Meanwhile the march to halt a womans right to choose goes on. Republicans say abortion is murder in a medical bulding but don’t give a fuck about bombing Iraqi children. (Immortal Technique)

    I guess my point in all of this rambling is that whether or not we decide to trust our government with the running of our nation, the nation will be run, and the question lies in who will run it. I encourage all people this election to see past distortion, lies and media hype, and look at whats at stake here. Most of the people on this website are younger folks like, myself (I’m 20) and our generation is at stake here, our future. If we want our women to have the right to choose, we need a democrat be it Obama, Clinton, Edwards, or even Gore if he throws his hat in. Hip hop bashing is a facade over real issues. We have a choice about making our environment stronger before New York is nothing but a puddle of mud on the eastern seaboard.

    Most importantly, we have a choice about whether we want a nation that unilaterally attacks countries that have no intention of harming us. I believe in self-defense and the military, they are both necessary, but we don’t need John McCain or Giuliani’s hand on the nuke button. They are both too reckless and too out of touch. Anyone who says John McCain would make for a good leader is out of their mind. He may have been a maverick years ago but he has compromised every aspect of his ideology in the last 10 years. I don’t want a draft, I don’t want a nation that runs around and guns down fellow poor people like myself for economic reasons.

    Let’s get it together in 08 people. We have a choice. I’ll be voting for Obama.
    It’s not because I’m a fake liberal and want to show I’m not racist (I’m white) it’s because I’ve read his books and followed initiatives his created since he reached Senator status in 04. As for Hillary, she would also make a great president, she has experience and although I don’t like to admit it, she has a vision (although not as deep or promising as Obama’s.) Last but not least we have Edwards, the white man. Edwards would also be a viable candidate for lot’s of reasons and although I will be actively supporting Obama, it’s my guess the prototypical white southern guy will win the nomination. And he also has a vision and has really good ideas as far as health care, how America should lead, and poverty. All three of these candidates would be great. If Gore comes out, he will win the nomination hands down do to the what if factor, and like these three he also would be a good president. A Gore/Obama ticket would win in a landslide against any opposition.

    In the end the choice is yours when it comes to your right to vote. I will be voting for Obama in the primary and whichever Democrat in the general election. Any of the choices we have in front of us will put us one step closer to being on track and changing some critical problems we have going on, even problems that a lot of people say can’t be put to rest (The drug war, police brutality, racism) We will be one step closer with a democratic president.

    In closing, fuck the police, R.I.P. Sean Bell. Good night.

  • smog

    bol, good lookin explaining for people who don’t know. good update. Like bol said, stop with all the predictions, its way to early.
    N.O. 4 life – if you went to college you need a refund.

  • Kin Corn Karn

    I’m voting for Eric B.

  • Harold Crick

    Obama > Clinton

    I don’t even care that Obama’s black. I care that he seems to be an independently thinking individual (doesn’t just do what his party tells him he should) and he’s got genius level intelligence.

    I think a lot of people in this country are not ready for a black president, but this country as a whole is. Fuck anyone who can’t handle it. If Obama does get elected, it’s not gonna be because white Americans are looking for a black candidate to make them feel good about themselves, either.

  • 1st Down

    ^ name one issue where Obama breaks from the democratic party line

    I do agree that he’s got genius level intelligence, but I don’t see the independence you’re talking about. He’s a hard core liberal and tows the democrat party line on every single issue. He’s nowhere near as independent as McCain or even Guliani is. But anyway, Obama doesn’t have a chance because of his race, so its all moot.

  • http://myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    As easy as Bush stole his election, do U really think ‘they’ are gonna let a Black run tha White House, please, we can vote, just like we did when Bush stole his election and proved to America that your vote don’t mean shyt, becuz Gore did git tha most votes, but he ain’t tha President!!! Nuff Said!!! ‘Vote or DIE!!! Yeah rite!!!

  • Foreigner

    To be honest, I don’t really give a fuck about the american president – whoever he or she will be in ’08! All I wanna know is – why the fuck did y’all vote Bush back last time around? S.T.U.P.I.D.

  • 420 stay smokin

    NIGGERS dont need to vote cause the govt know that they just gonna go against bush so they just discard the slaves votes.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    fuck obama and clinton !!!

  • god

    BOL, YOU ARE NOT A PART OF THE HIPHOP COMMUNITY…