One person challenged 80-20's claim that 80-20 was responsible for the MILESTONE in making Asian Americans a factor in American politics. This reader with the email address, SAlforque@xxxxxx.com, asked:
"What's the response to those who argue that while the Asian American bloc vote helped Sen. Clinton, it wasn't enough to prevent Sen. Obama's prevailing?"
"Thank you for your inquiry. 80-20 loves tough questions so that our community may truly understand politics through a thorough discussion or debate.
1) 80-20's aim NEVER was to prevent Sen. Obama from prevailing. It only wanted Sen. Obama to reply to 80-20's questionnaire with all yeses. That is, 80-20 only wanted to induce Sen. Obama to share the rightful concerns of the Asian Am. community. Once he has replied satisfactorily i.e. giving us his ironclad commitment as Sen. Clinton had done earlier, 80-20 didn't care which of the two high quality candidates would win.
My personal view is that the same could go for Sen. McCain, if he replies our questionnaire with all yeses.
Many Asian Ams. think a presidential election is to help one or the other candidate win. That is NOT what an American election is all about.
80-20 and most Americans understand to uses the presidential election to help America win, above & beyond selecting the best candidate. In the 2008 election, Asian Americans will win equal opportunity in workplaces through Obama's commitment, if he wins the election. That advancement will also help make America "a more perfect Union."
2) Note that just because we can deliver a bloc vote, it doesn't mean that our endorsed candidate will win every time. It only means that the candidate who does NOT share our concerns will be punished and the one who does share will be rewarded by us EVERY TIME.
In the long run, that is what will guarantee that our rightful concerns will be shared by our political establishment EVERY TIME. We need to condition the Am. political establishment to be aware that Asian Ams have become a factor in American politics, as the UCLA report has pointed out.
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S. B. Woo
Member, Exec. Comm., 80-20PAC, Inc.