An unnoticed silent revolution may be happening which, over time, could have dramatic impact on the traditional American voting structure. We saw in California a major reason why the same sex legislation was defeated, was that Blacks voted against the proposed law in substantial numbers.
There were conservative Blacks elected in the 2010 Tea Party landslide, including high profile conservatives like Allen West. Perhaps even more importantly, low profile Blacks were elected, which signals that it is not only personality driven candidates who can win, rather it is also candidates who reflect a deeper mood or paradigm who can win, which is a more significant sign of change.
Now that a Black has been elected to the highest office in the land, the social/emotion imperative to vote for a Democrat, no matter what ones personal circumstances, may have been removed for a number of normally conservative Blacks.
The fact that he has been shown to be no better or worse than the average run of presidents is important.It may signal to Black voters that there are no miracles of competence from any race, and there is no point in expecting a Black person, no matter how qualified to, uniquely, be an agent of transformation-economically and socially.
In fact this very proof of non-transformation may, at last, free a significant proportion of the Black voting population from their attachment to the Democratic Party.
There is no question that the Democrat's of Hubert Humphrey and LBJ were incontestably the vehicle for social reform in America and supported the Black movement that ended segregation-allowing fro the fact that it was president Eisenhower who initiated physical protection for Blacks at the early stage of the protest movement.
With those aims accomplished the question for Blacks now may be is that party the best vehicle for economic advancement? Are the conditions in Detroit or Chicago or Philadelphia indicative of a failed welfare-ism? Is self-advancement through education and,as Newt Gingrich said through eventually owning a business a better road for Blacks than welfare-ism?
If the answer to those questions is that a better road for community and individual advancement is the one that has worked for hundreds of years for one ethnic group after another who came to America. i.e. individual effort in a free economy then the intake of elected Black conservatives may mark a significant sea change.
Further a large number of elected Black office holders might bring with them their traditional Christian values and moral principles.Freed from an traditional attachment to the Democratic Party, which used their voting strength to bring in ultra-liberal social policies, and allied to the Tea Party, there could be a moral and economic regeneration of America led by a forward looking Black leadership in the tradition of Rev. Dr. King who was a Republican.
Not only do we see an increase in the number of Black conservative candidates and official but there is a significant new voice in the Blogosphere from many conservative Black commentators, many with a strong Christian focus such as Adrienne Ross at "Motivation Truth" who is just one outstanding example of a new voice from the Black community.
Here is a new example of another candidate from the new paradigm from Saucy American In NZ's' Lisa Gilmer