From the NY Daily News:

Cool it with the assassination talk, the Rev. Al Sharpton warned Saturday.

Sharpton said he spoke to Hillary Clinton Saturday morning about her recent reference to the assassination of Robert Kennedy – “and she understands my feelings firmly.”

Her team did not immediately divulge the details of their chat.

It’s interesting that we haven’t heard much from Clinton supporters such as Stephanie Tubbs-Jones during this debacle. It’s also interesting how the Clinton campaign has tried to blame others for its own repulsive gaffe.

I talked to my moms, staunch Hillary supporter, about the RFK comment. At first blush, she was prepared to accept the Clinton campaign’s weak defense on the basis of historical fact. I then asked her if she was aware of the many threats on Obama’s life resulting in his receiving Secret Service protection a year earlier than most candidates. I also told her that Clinton knew this. I then asked her if this, combined with the many other racial attacks on Obama, changed anything for her in terms of her support of this candidate.

She told me she couldn’t give a definitive answer and had to think about it.

She avoided my calls for almost a day.

Finally, she called and said slowly and with regret: “I think you might be right about her. I think you might just be right.”

Thank you I said.

And to those who call Barack Obama weak, I counter that no man who knows that his bid for leadership of a nation might cost him his own life at any moment due to hate can be called a man without courage, purpose, grit and determination. I think it’s wise for the Obama campaign to downplay this unfortunate and ugly aspect of his bid for the presidency. Still, let those who think him soft stand in awe. Because that’s the power of Hope. Even were he to be cut down in action today, this nation — because of his hope — will never be the same again.

You can bet that if this same joke were made about Bush, conservative bloggers would be screaming high treason and demanding that the offending individual be publicly executed.

This kind of commentary really has no place in a respectable news organization. And you can be sure the media won’t come down as hard on Liz Trotta, one of their own, as they did on Hillary Clinton.

I know…you’re enjoying this long weekend, and you should.

So, in between the BBQ’s, Spades, Bid Whist, and Summer Movies…

Drop those links to your fellow JJPers. Share the knowledge. Begin those debates.

And, have a peaceful day.

Remember those who have fought, often unheralded, to protect the rights that we don’t cherish enough.

Let’s use the fingertips to reach out and touch these CBC folks.

These are either Uncommitted CBC Members or HHH.

It’s time for a little activism around here.
I’d like to know where Hillpatine’s APOLOGY to Senator and Mrs. Obama is, for starters, but, I’m sure that you all will be creative enough to find your own questions you’d like answers to, namely what’s their justification for supporting Hillpatine, if they’ve declared for her, and if they are uncommitted, it’s time for them to get off the pot.

Nobody will be working tomorrow, of course, but you can leave emails, and possibly voicemails for them, or call on Tuesday to their local offices, which will be listed on the websites.

Corrine Brown— Clinton (Florida – 3rd)
2336 Rayburn
(202) 225-0123
Corrine Brown Website

Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen —Clinton (U.S. Virgin Islands – At-large)
(non voting congressional delegate)
Donna Christensen Website

Yvette Clarke—Clinton (New York – 11th)
1029 Longworth
(202) 225-6231
Yvette Clarke Website

Emanuel Cleaver —Clinton (Missouri – 5th)
1641 Longworth
(202) 225-4535
Emanuel Cleaver Website

Jim Clyburn—Neutral (South Carolina – 6th)
2135 Rayburn
(202) 225-3315
James Clyburn Website

Alcee Hastings—Clinton (Florida – 23rd)
2353 Rayburn
(202) 225-1313
Alcee Hastings Website

William J. Jefferson— Uncommitted (Louisiana – 2nd)
2113 Rayburn
(202) 225-6636
William Jefferson Website

Stephanie Tubbs Jones—Clinton (Ohio – 11th)
1009 Longworth
(202) 225-7032
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Website

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick —Uncommitted (Michigan – 13th)
2264 Rayburn
(202) 225-2261
Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick Website

Sheila Jackson Lee —Clinton (Texas – 18th)
2435 Rayburn
(202) 225-3816
Sheila Jackson-Lee Website

Kendrick Meek — Clinton (Florida – 17th)
1039 Longworth
(202) 225-4506
Kendrick Meek Website

Gregory Meeks— Clinton (New York – 6th)
2342 Rayburn
(202) 225-3461
Gregory Meeks Website

Charles B. Rangel— Clinton (New York – 15th)
2354 Rayburn
(202) 225-4365
Charles Rangel Website

Laura Richardson —Clinton (California – 37th)
2233 Rayburn
(202) 225-7924
Laura Richardson Website

Edolphus Towns— Clinton (New York – 10th)
2232 Rayburn
(202) 225-5936
Edolphus Towns Website

Maxine Waters— Clinton (California – 35th)
2344 Rayburn
(202) 225-2201
Maxine Waters Website

Diane Watson— Clinton (California – 33rd)
125 Cannon
(202) 225-7084
Diane Watson Website

Here’s the link to the full piece.

I can’t wait for this to be over. She is obviously not unifying the party with her continued “fighting,” but we all know that here. It will soon be over, so hang in there. I’m going to keep trying to ignore her and focus on other aspects of the campaign. Nothing new here.

Oh, let’s just make this Clinton Family Day. Watch Bill Clinton continue to whine like a lil biatch about the press. Come off it dude. If you can’t take the heat… go back to the Senate.

From The Onion on YouTube

Sunday Open Thread

25 May 2008

Photo courtesy of gari.baldi via Flickr

I gotta say Meet The Press is doing a surprisingly decent job of discussing gender and race in this political race. Check it out.

What else is going on in the world or on your mind?

In the kicker of this New York Times piece about the Puerto Rico primary is another, relatively unexplored (underexplored?) dimension of race in America:

As in other recent primaries, race may also end up playing a role in determining how people vote. But here, Mr. Obama’s “bi-racial” identity is perceived as working to his advantage, not as an obstacle to be overcome.

“On the mainland, Obama is black, but not in Puerto Rico,” said Juan Manuel Garcia Passalacqua, the island’s most distinguished political commentator. “Here he is a mulatto, and this is a mulatto society. People here are perfectly prepared to vote for someone who looks like them for president of the United States.”

A few things struck me about this. Number one, race isn’t an “obstacle,” racism is an obstacle. The problem isn’t that Obama is black, the problem is that some folks have a problem with the fact that Obama is black.  

Two, are we at the point where we can stop pretending Obama is winning just because he’s black? 
Last but not least, this is a reminder that we are living in a society where skin tone often matters almost as much, if not as much, as race itself. As wonderful as it is that PR can look at Obama and see themselves, it reminds you they wouldn’t feel the same way about someone who was darker or didn’t have a white parent. 

UPDATE: Not trying to be hostile, but anyone who thinks Puerto Ricans don’t also have problems with colorism should read Piri Thomas

From Olbermann’s Special Comment:

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Olbermann Special Comment Video

The entire Special Comment was on point, but this is where I began to say “Amen”, louder and louder….

…We have forgiven you your insistence that there have been widespread calls for you to end your campaign, when such calls had been few.

We have forgiven you your misspeaking about Martin Luther King’s relative importance to the Civil Rights movement.

We have forgiven you your misspeaking about your under-fire landing in Bosnia.

We have forgiven you insisting Michigan’s vote wouldn’t count and then claiming those who would not count it were Un-Democratic.

We have forgiven you pledging to not campaign in Florida and thus disenfranchise voters there, and then claim those who stuck to those rules were as wrong as those who defended slavery or denied women the vote.

We have forgiven you the photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad…

We have forgiven you fawning over the fairness of Fox News while they were still calling you a murderer.

We have forgiven you accepting Richard Mellon Scaife’s endorsement and then laughing as you described his “deathbed conversion.”

We have forgiven you quoting the electoral predictions of Boss Karl Rove.

We have forgiven you the 3 a.m. Phone Call commercial.

We have forgiven you President Clinton’s disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson’s.

We have forgiven you Geraldine Ferraro’s national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man.

We have forgiven you the dozen changing metrics and the endless self-contradictions of your insistence that your nomination is mathematically probable rather than a statistical impossibility.

We have forgiven you your declaration of some primary states as counting and some as not.

We have forgiven you exploiting Jeremiah Wright in front of the editorial board of the lunatic-fringe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

We have forgiven you exploiting William Ayers in front of the debate on ABC.

We have forgiven you for boasting of your “support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans”…

We have even forgiven you repeatedly praising Senator McCain at Senator Obama’s expense, and your own expense, and the Democratic ticket’s expense.

But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.

“You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

We cannot forgive you this — not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.

**This** is **un**-forgivable, because this nation’s deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.

Lincoln.
Garfield.
McKinley.
Kennedy.
Malcolm X
Martin Luther King.
**Robert** Kennedy.

And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.

The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!

And to not appreciate, immediately — to **still** not appreciate tonight — just **what** you have done… is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead.

This, Senator, is too much.

… Because a senator – a politician – a person – who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot – has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.

I will remind folks…..SHE NEVER APOLOGIZED TO BARACK OBAMA.

Especially after Hillary says she’s staying in the race in case Obama catches a bullet.

I’ve long begged for an “INTERVENTION” for this heifer, and no one seems to hear me screaming.

What in the hell could Hillary be thinking, making this comment and bringing up the terrible memory of the 40th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, right on the heels of Ted Kennedy’s diagnosis of brain cancer?

I can’t even pin this one on Klanswoman Gerry Ferraro; no, this goes to Hillary and Hillary alone.

Does she really want the White House at all costs? DOES SHE?

Even over at Kos’ place, the Hillary defenders can’t even begin to defend these comments and one brave soul has actually posted over at MyDD that she has to go.

And while she’s apologized in theory to the Kennedys, the Obamas have no apology forthcoming, while even Stevie Wonder can see her remarks were wishful thinking about Obama catching a bullet so she could automatically get the nomination. Does she not remember she’s pissed off African-Americans to the nth degree, and if something should happen to Obama, our eyes are going to be locked and loaded on her ass, because she’s conditioned us to now think that way about her?

The problem is, after all the coddling, tiptoeing, dog-whistling, race-baiting, pontificating this, ahem, WOMAN, has done, will she finally get the clue and go away?

Sorry, Bill and Hillary – no De Facto Third Term for you. If you didn’t get it done when you had the White House, instead of wasting the country’s time and money on how you got that Blow Job from Monica, you have no one to blame except yourselves. If you want a third term, start lobbying to change the amendment in the Constitution that limited you to two terms. You don’t get a third chance at the White House, and you most certainly won’t get it now that your wife has all but called for a fellow member of the Senate, a fellow campaign opponent, and a fellow American, to be assassinated, because he’s in her way.

Just saying that the ReThug opponent was more qualified than a fellow Democrat should have gotten her tossed out of the Party. Or engaging in all the tactics I listed above; anyone else would have been bum-rushed and stripped of committee assignments after those stunts.

Howard Dean, you and the party leaders can end this. You sitting on your hands indicate you don’t want to pull the trigger. The longer you allow this mess which is Hillary Clinton, the more you show that this is NOT the party of INCLUSION and those of us who have been waiting for full inclusion, may need to take our influence elsewhere.

Especially if this witch keeps this up. She makes the Party look bad for allowing her to stick around.

And we wonder why the United Nations is commissioning an investigation on America’s race relations. They want to see if America can get past her racist history and elect a person of ethnicity to the highest office in the Land. Having Hillary Clinton stick around is like having a boil on the butt of humanity which needs lancing in order to heal. Pull the trigger, already, and put this rabid cow out of her misery.

Honestly, seriously, what about this does not sound threatening? As an African-American, it’s been chilling and unprecendented to hear people like Huckabee joke about Barack Obama, a presidential candidate, ducking from gunfire or Bill O’Racist O’Reilly imply that Michelle Obama should be lynched.

Can you imagine if people were saying the same things about George W. Bush or John Kerry during the 2004 race? My God, when did propriety, decency and a sense of responsibility leave the table? Oh and if anyone was still wondering if there would be an Obama/Clinton ticket? Yeah, I think this probably puts the last nail in that coffin.

From BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com:

- In an interview with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton made the following comments about staying in the race:

“”My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it.”

The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, through spokesman Bill Burton replied, “Senator Clinton’s statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign.”

Matt Stoller on OpenLeft writes:

Howard Wolfsen clarified:

“Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson defended the comments to The Post, ‘She was talking about the length of the race and using the ’68 election as an example of how long the races in the past have gone — she used her husband’s race in the same vein.’”

In some sense, what he’s saying is right. The call to drop out is premature by the standards of the 1992 and 1968 race. But her staying in the race has no precedent, since in both of those cases the race was not decided. It’s not like Hubert Humphrey was waiting around in case someone went off and shot RFK, or Bill Clinton was hoping he could convince superdelegates to override the will of the voters in a clearly losing strategy. There were still primaries going on that could have a significant impact on the outcome of the race.

2004 is a better analogy. Did John Edwards or Howard Dean wait around, musing that perhaps John Kerry would be killed, even though he was clearly going to lock up the majority of the delegates? Of course not. They lined up behind the winner.

It’s a doubly unfortunate reference given what the Kennedy family is going through as we speak. I am frankly shocked and disgusted by this statement and call upon the Clinton campaign to clarify and apologize immediately. The Wolfsen statement is inadequate given the horror of the analogy.

Al Jazeera In Ohio

23 May 2008

What does it say that Al Jazeera treats Americans with more dignity, respect and love than our own broadcast media? There’s no condescension, no voyeurism in this report on the economic conditions in Dayton. Even stylistically, there’s no cardboard narrator condensing weeks or months of a job search into a soundbite; the story is told entirely in the words of those living it. I’m well aware of Al Jazeera’s bias and perspective; this piece definitely lacks balance. But it has something our media often doesn’t: a respect for the people whose stories it aims to tell.

From their Wednesday edition. Why didn’t they just put Nelson from the Simpsons on the cover?

Good Morning.

It’s Friday.

Time to share those links, that knowledge, get into those debates.

So, drop it all here at JJP.

And, have a peaceful day and weekend.


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