The saddest thing about the experience of the black political orphans in America is that when you ask them why they support the Obama administration, a large majority of them can only say "they're better than the Republicans." That's like a wife saying "I'll never divorce my husband because he's better than the man who used to beat me."... The very same broken, two party political system that the Obama Administration complains about is the one that's keeping them in power. The black vote is held hostage with fear of a Republican presidency, not hope for a better future. Rather than being able to point to any evidence that black quality of life has improved over the last four years, they simply win the black vote by default. There is not much to celebrate about that and more should be expected from any politician who asks us for so much.
According to Watkins, Bipolarchy allows Obama to exploit black voters -- the "so much" Obama asks "us" for is votes -- without having to earn their support. But despite what black critics may see as their typically unique mistreatment by a politician, almost every constituent group within a major-party coalition can make similar complaints, albeit with different degrees of vehemence. As long as they all play the two-party game there'll always be a moment -- except perhaps for the money powers -- when the party tells them that they have to settle for what the party deems sufficient, or else take their chances with the unendurable rule of the Other Party. You can almost certainly find people within the constituencies blacks take to be Obama's pets who feel that he could do more for them and is cynically manipulating them, or taking their votes for granted. If some blacks think they can get a better deal by breaking the Bipolarchy, they'd be wise to recognize the dissatisfied expectations of other groups, even if they feel that none can be as dissatisfied or as rightly expectant as they. If they have no other platform than "blacks first in line for justice," I won't like their chances of winning elections. They're not the only people demanding justice, nor the only ones who see themselves neglected by the establishment, and they won't change American politics demanding only justice for their own, on their own. If their criticisms of Obama are grounded in a commitment to justice for all, and not in some sort of justice-envy, they might have the makings of a movement not just for the good of black America, but for the good of the United States of America.