In researching last week's post on how the hip-hop vote is mostly meaningless, I came across some information that was even more interesting, at least for a d-bag such as myself.

I'd been aware for a while now that Hillary Clinton is doing better among black voters than you'd think, given that Barack Obama could very well be our best shot at putting a black (-ish) person in the White House in our lifetime. But it hadn't occurred to me until just now that Hillary Clinton does especially well among black women and in fact commands a majority of them in many recent polls[1]. What gives?

Not to suggest that black women are sheep who live to follow Oprah Winfrey, but it's especially odd when you consider that Obama is being endorsed by Oprah, i.e. the most wealthiest, most powerful black women evar. You could even go so far as to say that the Obama campaign is really an Oprah campaign by proxy, since I've recently uncovered evidence of Obama actually reading from Oprah's talking points on the campaing trail.

And speaking of powerful black women from Chicago, there's also Obama's wife, Michelle Obama. Now, I don't mean to suggest that he married a rough-looking black chick and spent years of his life living in the ghettos of Chicago because he thought it might help his career in electoral politics (I'm sure the campaign biography was a coincidence as well), but come on. You see how white chicks react to him on the campaign trail. The thought had to have crossed his mind at some point, no?

Even if he didn't purposely decide to marry a black chick in order to feel as if he's really black (you'll notice my jimmy and I have no such issues - nullus) as well as bolster his support in the black community for political purposes, you have to think that somewhere, in the back of his mind, he was hoping it would have that effect anyway. I'm sure Wesley Snipes didn't marry the broad he's with thinking he'd get comped at the Chinese buffet, but shit. Might as well reap the benefits!

Also, who are we kidding? Do you really think that Oprah Winfrey, beloved by white women though she may be, would've thrown her support behind Obama had he been married to the chick that does those Obama Girl videos? Hillary Clinton would've been had the Oprah endorsement. So yeah, Obama has already benefited by planting himself in the South Side of Chicago, whether he did so for cynical purposes or not. He just hasn't benefited quite as much as you'd think. What gives?

Like everyone else in this country, I won't claim to understand how a black woman's mind works, but I think what we might be witnessing here is yet another example of black women prioritizing their woman-ness over their blackness, not unlike they have in the current debate over a black man's right to free speech. Which is not to say that they definitely shouldn't, or that they're in the wrong here, I'm just saying. After all, I've been known to subjugate pretty much everything to my own manliness.

As I mentioned last week, it's understandable that black women would feel a certain kinship to Hillary Clinton, not just because she's a woman, but because she's had a lot of issues over the years in her relationship with former president Bill Clinton. Granted this phenomenon may function on a level that's entirely subconscious, but you have to think that, on a certain level, black women can relate to having a man that didn't care about them quite enough to not have his schlong in any number of chubby white chicks.

Interestingly enough, this isn't altogether different from the (entirely misguided) affinity the black community as a whole felt for the first president Clinton. Only this time there's an added gender element, so that it actually serves to take away support from a candidate who's genuinely black, er at least more so than Bill Clinton. What do you 'bags think? Am I onto something here, or am I reading too much into this?

[1] I've also read that hispanic voters, who will eventually outnumber black voters, if they don't already, overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton, much more so than even Bill Richardson, who's kind of like the hispanic Barack Obama (e.g. why is his name Bill Richardson?). I'd attempt to offer some sort of explanation for this phenomenon, but the truth of the matter is that I know next to nothing about hispanic people other than that they're very hard working. And god bless them for it.