The Republican Field of 2008.

In watching the GOP Field of 2008, it’s like watching Alice in Wonderland, because so many things that just go in opposite of everything we supposedly knew about the GOP has been turned on its head.

The GOP used to be about ‘ authenticity’. They cherished ‘true believers’ above all else.

That is why Flipping Mitt and Rudy having ANY sort of a chance makes absolutely no sense.

Mitt Romney

Flipping Mitt is the most phony, plastic politician that I’ve ever seen. He has no core. He has no set of values, except for that he believes he should be President. That’s the ONLY value he has.

He was against abortion until he became for abortion to win Governor of Massachusetts before he became against it again because he was running for President.

Pick and issue, and you’ll see the same flip-flop all over the place.

He lied on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s a total fraud.

He is a phony. Not only is he a phony, but he’s a phony who believes in the continuation of the Imperial Presidency, as his responses to the Boston Globe questionnaire about Presidential Power proves. If you believe in The Constitution, Flipping Mitt’s not your man.

EVERY PAPER that has studied Flipping Mitt in New Hampshire and Massachusetts has taken a pass on endorsing him.

If you want to read what those who know Flipping Mitt best TRULY think about him, try the Manchester Union Leader, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Concord Monitor.

And, I guess, I’m suspicious of ANYONE who was part of a secret meeting last year with Conservative bigwigs including Dick Cheney. NO OTHER GOP candidate was invited to the meeting – only Romney? That’s enough guilt by association to cast yet another shadow on Flipping Mitt.

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy…Rudy…Rudy.

If the GOP nominates a pro-choice, pro-gay, pro-gun, thrice married MAYOR as their nominee…a few things…

NOT ONE MUMBLING WORD ABOUT MORALITY.
NOT ONE MUMBLING WORD ABOUT FAMILY VALUES.

Don’t even open the mouth to utter the words.

Rudy should be disqualified for many reasons,but if you only need one, here you go:

He’s welcomed, with open arms, into the busom of his campaign…

THE INTELLECTUAL ARCHITECTS OF THE IRAQ WAR.

They are firmly ensconsed in Camp Rudy, and that kind of ‘ company he keeps’ should make you think more than twice about him.

And, it’s not just the ‘ Progressives’ who have a problem with Rudy.

This is what the AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE thought about him.

Now, these are his OWN PEOPLE…his OWN PARTY…telling you which way is up…

So, that really leaves us with Huckabee and McCain.

Mike Huckabee.

I understand the appeal. He is a personable man, with an air of being comfortable in his own skin and making others at ease at the same time. While it’s clear that Huckabee is a Christian, and that his faith is the cornerstone to his approach to governmental policy, it is also quite clear that Huckabee DOES NOT define his Christianity narrowly to the issues of: Abortion and Homosexuals. While those issues are in there for him, they are NOT the central focus of his Christianity, and that is one of the problems that the GOP Establishment has with Huckabee. As long as they could throw red meat to the Evangelicals, by so narrowly defining Christianity on the lines of Abortion and Gays, knowing full well that they had no intention of really doing anything on either issue, it was ok.

But, Huckabee is NOT that kind of Evangelical. He is NOT that kind of religious conservative. In listening to Huckabee give a few speeches, I have realized why the man was able to garner over 40% of the Black vote. It’s because the Black voters in Arkansas saw that Huckabee was NOT a ‘ let them eat cake’ conservative. Listening to him talk about keeping in mind the poverty-striken young boy in one of the poorest parts of Arkansas when he made decisions, he was speaking to the Christianity that African-Americans were pretty much raised upon until this Prosperity Gospel came on the scene. It was a Jesus that helped those ‘least among us’.

Huckabee speaks a Populist message. He talks about those on ‘ Main Street’ who are experiencing the economic anxiety of the middle-class and working class. He doesn’t believe in unfettered capitalism without regards to the working man and woman. And nothing scares the GOP Establishment more than someone talking a Populist Message. Someone who isn’t following the ‘ let them eat cake’ model, which is why they are determined to stomp out Huckabee at all costs.

John McCain.

A candidate left for dead this summer has climbed out of the doldrums and back into the hunt.

Why?

Because, he finally became the John McCain of 2000 again. He may not be from central casting (a la Romney), or be a smooth talker (the Huckster), but there is something unmistakeably authentic about John McCain. It’s when he lost it that he walked away from who he was.

In their endorsement of McCain, the conservative Manchester Union Leader said the following:


On Jan. 8, New Hampshire Republicans will make one of the most important choices for their party and nation in the history of our presidential primary. Their choice ought to be John McCain.

We don’t agree with him on every issue. We disagree with him strongly on campaign finance reform. What is most compelling about McCain, however, is that his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination. Simply put, McCain can be trusted to make informed decisions based on the best interests of his country, come hell or high water

I think that’s the bottom line about McCain. You don’t have to agree with him on every issue. But, you can be certain that behind his decisions, there is a certain CORE there. He took his lumps in those debates because of his stances on issues that made him out of the mainstream with the party, but he took them because he believed in them. In debate after debate, John McCain would often provide the most ‘ HUMAN ‘ of moments in those debates, and they stood out because of his humanity and authenticity. In his Boston Globe Questionnaire, McCain stands up for The Constitution and the belief that the President is NOT above the law.

McCain has garnered the endorsements of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald,Concord Monitor and Nashua Telegraph.

I don’t root for John McCain because I think he’d be the easiest GOP candidate. In fact, I believe he’s the hardest GOP candidate. But, when I think of the possibility of a Republican President, he’s the only one that DOESN’T make me think the very foundation of this country would be in jeopardy with his win.

Just wanted to post the audio (once you click through, hit the “Listen” button at the top of the page. Est 15min) of our latest appearance on the Blogger Roundtable at NPR’s News & Notes. Thanks to all involved in the show for getting us in the lineup so much this past year!

Again we didn’t get to the Enough is Enough campaign, but we spent some solid time on Sharpton and Kwanzaa.

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McCain losing votes to Obama in N.H.
By Maeve Reston and Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
December 30, 2007

NASHUA, N.H. — Like many New Hampshire voters, Dave Montgomery considers himself a dyed-in-the-wool independent — which in this state means he can vote in either the Republican or Democratic presidential primary when he goes to the polls Jan. 8.

This year, the semi-retired school bus driver from Milford finds himself torn between two candidates, one from each party: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Barack Obama of (D-Ill.).

Montgomery likes McCain, he said, because “he seems to be enough of a rebel.” He likes Obama for pretty much the same reason — because he seems to be “his own man.”

“I think either one of them could do the job,” he said.

Independents like Montgomery may be the decisive factor for both major parties when New Hampshire holds the nation’s first primary next week, hot on the heel’s of Iowa’s caucuses on Thursday. And the choices these nonaligned New Hampshire voters make almost assuredly will shape the nation’s later primary races.

“This big group in the middle . . . has a chance to really transform the election,” said Tom Rath, a veteran New Hampshire Republican strategist who is advising former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.). Describing the efforts to woo independents, he added: “It’s more like a general election here.”

If Obama bests national front runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), he probably will owe his New Hampshire victory to independents, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll suggested last week.

Among the state’s registered Democrats, the survey found Clinton led Obama, 35% to 28%. But among independents who plan to vote in the Democratic primary, Obama led, 37% to 24% — turning the contest into a virtual tie.

Rest of the article is HERE.

The reason why this article is important, is because it points out the fallacy of Barack Obama’s ‘ Unelectability’.

In the last month, poll after poll has consistently shown that Barack Obama polls well, against every major GOP Candidate in the General Election. He consistently polls BETTER than Hillary Clinton.

Why?

Because of his appeal to independents and some Republicans.

You see in this article that Hillary wasn’t remotely a choice for him. It was Obama or McCain. Independents have already told the pollsters that they aren’t voting for Hillary Clinton. They will consider Obama.

You win elections by trying to appeal to the broadest possible constituency. Of course you CAN win with ’50%+1′, but what has that brought us in this country the past seven years? Nothing but bitterness upon bitterness. Why set ourselves up for that AGAIN (with Clinton), when we don’t have to. When you have a candidate that can gather a broad coalition to govern.

Barack Obama is electable.

He’s NOT the one that HALF THE COUNTRY says they will NEVER VOTE FOR.

I have said it before; I’m not naive to think that Obama couldn’t be victim to some sort of Bradley Effect. But, I stand by this: for him to catch up to where Clinton is RIGHT NOW?

It would have to be the size of a tsunami.

Cross-posted at BrownIowa

Originally saw this case on Prometheus 6.

A commentary at Black America Web opens with this:


A bunch of white guys show up at your house after 11 p.m., cursing, calling your 20-year-old son the N-word and threatening to kill him. You take your .32 Beretta, go outside and order the mob off your property.

Instead of leaving, one of the white guys slaps the gun in defiance. What do you do?

John H. White, a resident of Riverhead, N.Y., said he knew what he had to do. On Aug. 9, 2006, White found himself and his son Aaron faced with precisely the scenario described above. Daniel Cicciaro, 17 years old, was the white kid who slapped the gun in White’s hand. White shot Cicciaro in the face, fatally wounding him.

Three days before Christmas, a jury of 11 whites and one black in Suffolk County, N.Y., found White guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

You read right. They come onto his property; threaten his child. Don’t leave after KNOWING that there is a gun. One of them gets killed, and JOHN WHITE is the one who was found guilty?

WTF?

WTF?

The man in Texas kills 2 who weren’t even breaking into HIS house, but his NEIGHBOR’S house…not charged.

This Black man is on HIS property, protecting HIS child, from a White mob spewing racial epithets at him….and he’s been found GUILTY?

WHAT THE #*$&?

Where the hell is the National Rifle Association?
Where the hell are all those Second Amendment fanatics?
Where the hell are all those Property Rights fanatics?

Is anyone going to sit here and tell me that a WHITE MAN…
if FIVE BLACK GUYS showed up at his house…
AT NIGHT….
and after you’ve told them about the gun, they don’t go away and you shoot them would ACTUALLY BE CHARGED?

Show me the case.

And, where the hell are our ‘ so-called’ LEADERS?

We’re back on NPR’s News & Notes with three topics in the queue. In addition to Jack & Jill, we’ve got Desmond Burton from Afronerd plus Carmen Dixon from All About Race.

The topics:

1. Is Al Sharpton the new go to guy for candidates? Does he speak for all black people? Why do high profile whites always go to him for advice? Check this article, and see Al gloat over his attention from the top three democratic candidates

2. Habari Gani! Do black people really know what Kwanzaa is? Can it coexist with Christmas in the African-American community? An article in Christianity Today.

3. Enough is Enough. Is there a cultural war in Black America? What’s up with the feel good black movies? Can they really change Americans’ perceptions of black folks?

As always, throw your thoughts down in the comment area if you have em/

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2007

From the Blogging Family here at Jack and Jill Politics, we would like to wish our readers a Merry Christmas. Enjoy family, friends, and have a peaceful day.

I caught this over at PerezHilton.com (yeah, I admit it — it’s one of my guilty diversions). Kanye’s mother sadly died recently in part due to a truly tragic excess of vanity and a temporary lapse of the wisdom and judgment that the former professor was surely capable of. I’m a fan and I can only imagine how painful her passing must have been for her only son. Still, vanity can also kill a career and after this recent commentary — and his recent diva eruptions, we might have to change Kanye’s name to Coonye. Because for rizzle, this is some serious self-hatred. Of the delusional kind that too often sadly turns to self-destruction.

“I’m a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold’s for fried chicken. It’s all these things at once, because, as a tastemaker, I find the best of everything. There’s certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, I’m a go get that. Like, on Christmas I don’t want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I don’t want my credit to look black.”

- Kanye West tells the new issue of Spin

Oh but there’s more! From the actual Spin interview, here’s a continuation:

Q: And what foods would fall into that category? A: White-people food? You know what it is. You never ate fried chicken and said, “This tastes white.” It’s America. People know the stereotypes. I play to the stereotypes. I believe in the stereotypes. And I submit to them. [Affects a black, Southern accent] “Man, black people sure can cook some chicken! And I’ma get some black chicken.”

Q: I’m trying to gauge if you’re being sincere or facetious. A: It is what it is. A lot of things that are funny have truth in them. So my music is a mix between some good Harold’s Chicken and…

Q: A bespoke suit? A: A bespoke suit!

We all recall that Kanye West, just a couple of years ago, achieved pop hero status when he broke free from the canned corporate teleprompter during a televised Katrina fundraising special. Kanye gave his own testimony about the government’s painfully inadequate response to one of America’s worst humanitarian disasters ever — and took a lot of heat for it, bravely brushing it off. He spoke the words that every black person in America was thinking (and a few other people too) when he cut through the saccharine crap and stated the obvious: “George Bush does not care about black people.”

Today? Well Coonye’s blog is an interesting look into what inspires him creatively in modern design and music. Yet, he carefully avoids any socio-political commentary of any kind. But let me leave it to Coonye’s soon-to-be diminishing fan base (if he ain’t careful) and their comments at P-Nasty’s gossip journal to have the last word.

Kitten said:

“i USED to think he was really cool but lately when he talks he sounds way to up his own ass and like he thinks he’s above everyone else. seriosuly Kayne who do you think you are?? you write songs and dance around for a living.. stop taking yourself so f’in seriously.”

whatever said:

“he needs to take the advice of gabrielle union and the example of perez – try boosting your people, not dragging them down. i get the food thing, and obviously it’s a stupid generalization, but the credit comment is so unhelpful”

And my personal favorite — from HRH Adam:

“Wow, that just dethroned so many items to win the crown of “Dumbest thing I’ve ever read.” This guy is no more talented as a rapper than Will Smith was in his Fresh Prince prime, except I don’t really see the mega massive acting career coming after Kanye’s “rap” career. This guy is a hack, dancing in a toy soldier suit on TV, his best rhyme scheme “Ferrari/Sorry/Lawry’s..” I guess thats what makes him a “tastemaker,” but who is he “making taste” for? I feel lame just reading the words “bespoke suit,” and I’ve never seen a Harold’s Fried Chicken restaurant in my life. I guess that is what he means when he’s talking about food that doesn’t “taste white.” Isn’t it certain types of schizophrenics that think they can smell or taste colours? Bespoke suits, Fried Chicken, and a white credit score. Kanye West, ladies and gentlemen, erasing stereotypes through music. P.s. I hope this tool has to apologize to the Rev. Al Sharpton for this.”

It’s like he feels insecure about his “blackness” and is trying to convince the world to overlook his education, intelligence, creativity and yes, middle class upbringing. Kanye West is an important artist who along with many other artists like Mos Def and Talib Kweli have taken hip hop beyond the booty vixen video. I hope that he can bust out the naps inside his own head and continue to make his momma (and a whole lot of other mommas he may never meet) proud. Because in the same interview, he actually manages to say something halfway sensible, leaving me a little hope for him:

Certain things are so good it doesn’t have to be white or black.

Here you go:

Clinton Launches Obama Attack Web Sites

ABC News has learned that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has registered the names of two Web sites with the express goal of attacking her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

It’s the first time this election cycle a presidential campaign has launched a Web site with the express purpose of of launching serious criticisms on a rival.

And, just to sum it all up for the readers, especially those who stand there, and go, ‘ you Obama folks are just ‘ too sensitive’, a reader of Andrew Sullivan’s summed it up quite well:


So far this month Mrs. Clinton has “apologized” for two Iowa county volunteer coordinators’ forwarding Obama-is-a-Muslim emails; Bill Shaheen does the Obama-is-a-druggie routine; Howard Wolfson goes on national TV and repeats it; Bill Clinton says we’re “rolling the dice” with Obama, and now Kerrey is “apologizing” for his Obama-went-to-a-Madrassa remarks. This many events in a three-week span indicate a coherent plan. If one accepts Mrs. Clinton’s explanations that these events are not what they obviously are, then the only other explanation would seem to be that she cannot control her campaign staff. That seems fairly incompetent leadership for someone who claims to be ready to lead on day one.

Like I’ve said before….ISOLATED incidents can only be qualified as such, when they remain ISOLATED. When they stop being ISOLATED and begin to form a PATTERN, then accept the PATTERN and what it tells you.

The Southern Strategy, and its racist underbelly, is all the same, whether used in Mississippi & Georgia, or in this case, IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE.

RELATED ARTICLES:
Clinton Acolytes’ Racist Attacks
The Real Race Card

Cross-posted at BrownIowa

It Was All A Dream

20 Dec 2007

Remember when Romney said he “watched his father march with Dr. King”? Yeah, apparently that didn’t happen. (Via P6)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he watched his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, in a 1960s civil rights march in Michigan with Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, Romney’s campaign said his recollections of watching his father, an ardent civil rights supporter, march with King were meant to be figurative.

“He was speaking figuratively, not literally,” Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for the Romney campaign, said of the candidate.

Romney’s campaign is also saying that reports of Romney being with Salt-and-Pepa and Heavy D up in the Limousine were also not meant to be taken literally.

It occurs to me that in 2007, most conservatives would like to think that they “figuratively” marched with Dr. King? They certainly can’t say that they did it for real, even as they try to claim his legacy as their own.

I tried to told you:

There is something of a “reverse gender gap” phenomenon among the state’s likely Democratic primary voters, with Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady, leading among men and Obama, a senator from Illinois, leading among women. Black women are voting for Obama by a margin of more than two to one, while black men are voting for him by a smaller margin.

Meanwhile, the Oprah Effect, beyond having monopolized press coverage over the weekend may have had a negative influence:

On the endorsement front, Bill Clinton seems to have a larger positive impact than Oprah Winfrey. Thirty-eight percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the state say the former president’s involvement makes them more likely to back Hillary Clinton, while just 10 percent say Winfrey’s involvement steers them toward Obama. Fifteen percent say Winfrey’s involvement makes them less likely to support Obama.

Bob Kerrey has made a feeble “apology” for his earlier comments regarding Obama’s heritage and personal history.

I want to sincerely apologize for the remarks I made on Sunday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, after an event at which I endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton’s Presidential candidacy. I answered a question about your qualifications to be President in a way that has been interpreted as a backhanded insult of you. I assure you I meant to do just the opposite.

After you and I met during your primary campaign for the Senate, I wrote a public letter in which I said that that you were among the two or three most talented people I have ever met in politics. Nothing in your performance in the Senate or your campaign for the Presidency has altered that view.

The question I was asked in Iowa on Sunday was something like this: “Senator Kerrey, you ran for President in your first term in the Senate. If you were qualified, why isn’t Senator Obama?” With the benefit of my computer’s capacity to make certain that my words reflect my belief let me answer that question in this letter which you are free to use anyway you choose.

Yeah, yeah, I’m touched. John Cole isn’t buying it either.

I have said a lot of stupid things. I have said a lot of things that were interpreted incorrectly. I have said a lot of things I meant as a compliment but were perceived as an insult. I understand that this can happen.

But if ANYONE thinks this was an accident, or that this was anything other than more bilge coming from the Clinton camp, I got a bridge to sell you. Lemme guess, you think it was wholly accidental he chose the phrase ‘Islamic Manchurian candidate,’ too.

This has been going on for a while now. I wonder whether the Clinton people got wind of how things are looking in South Carolina, and decided that maybe trying to portray Obama as an ethnic and religious other might have consequences among black voters.

My guess is if Obama stays competitive after Iowa and New Hampshire, we’ll see more of this.

I can see the push polling questions now: “Would you be less likely to vote for Obama if you knew he had strapped a bomb to his chest screaming Allah Akhbar when he attended a terrorist training camp in Indonesia when he was five, where he sat next to Osama bin Laden and wrote an essay entitled “I want to blow up the World Trade Center When I Grow Up, That, Or Sell Coke?”

But it’ll be okay. Because I’m sure the Clinton campaign will apologize.

The white nationalist group planning to march on Jena, Louisiana on Martin Luther King Day is suing the town because they contend local laws inhibit their First Amendment rights to run around like crazy people carrying automatic weapons.

A white separatist group planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Jena is suing the town, claiming officials are violating the Constitution by asking participants not to bring firearms, changing the parade route by one block and requiring the posting of a bond.

The Nationalist Movement filed the federal lawsuit Dec. 14 and is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep the town from interfering with the Learned, Miss.-based group’s “Jena Justice Day” rally. Group officials claim the town’s rules violate their 14th Amendment rights to due process.

[...]

“When a group of, say, minorities or homosexuals want to have a parade, they aren’t usually required to put up a bond or pay for police or pay for cleanup,” said Barry Hackney, a spokesman for the organization.

The ordinance, Mayor Murphy McMillin said, has been in place for “many, many years.” All seven of the organizations that participated in the September rally complied with all the guidelines, town officials said.

You don’t understand. Without their guns they feel…terribly inadequate.

Among the demands of the constitution-conscious white supremacists is that they not be “heckled” during their march. It’s a typical Right Wing understanding of free speech: I can say what I want, but you can’t say anything critical of what I just said.

Not that the words “white supremacist” and “punk ass bitch” aren’t synonymous, but this is still pretty funny.

In an Oct. 15 letter to McMillin, Richard Barrett, an attorney for the Nationalists, asks the town for electricity for loudspeakers and electronic equipment, “adequate security,” restroom facilities, access to drinking water, “adequate and secure parking” and no noise from hecklers.

It’s all right. It’s Jena, after all. I’m sure they won’t even notice you’re there.

rikyrah just wrote on this. I give her props and just want to echo and deconstruct what Bob Kerrey said. Cuz let me tell y’all something — black folk can hear a dog whistle just as well as whatsoever pitifully few ignant, fearful country whites in Iowa to whom Kerrey is signaling and might actually respond to this lizard-brained level of thought. It’s something African-Americans have learned to do out of a spirit of sheer self-preservation. Which is to listen very carefully.

Thus, I give you select passages and my translation — hear’s what Bob Kerrey was actually saying with an astonishing glib insincerity to the public on CNN:

“I have a very high regard for Senator Obama…”

Translation: In no way, shape or form therefore could anything I am about to say (or repeat) possibly be construed as racist…

“[...] As an African-American, he can speak in an authentic way to underperforming black youth who I think will follow his example.”


Translation:
The niggers are coming! The Niggers are COMING! NIGGERS!!! And they will be emboldened by Barack Obama (didn’t he say he sold drugs? or maybe he just used them, whatever) to rob your stores, rape your daughters and generally run amok. Crime! Lowered property values! NIGGERS!

And of course:

“I’ve watched the blogs try to say that you can’t trust him because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa. I feel quite the opposite — I think it’s a tremendous strength. Whether he’s in the United States Senate or whether he’s in the White House, I think it’s a tremendous asset for him.”

Translation: Did I mention there are a billion sand niggers, ahem, Muslims?! Better kiss any hope of immigration restrictions or successful war on terrorism goodbye because guess who’s coming to dinner and getting a green card from Cousin Barack Hussein? No matter what he claims to be, fact is — he’s one of them! He lived with them. He went to school with them — he is related to them. Elect him and expect your kids to be speaking Arabic at school and worshiping Allah in the not so distant future. NIGGERS!

Peep more analysis and video over at
Huffington Post
and Think Progress..

Honestly though, I have a soft spot for the Clintons. And this just makes me ashamed of them. That they would stoop so low as to send out a surrogate to say such things. It’s also a risky and desperate strategy that they have to know will alienate black votes which they must hope to compensate for with a higher number of scared white votes. They should know better.

It will say a lot to me if Hillary fails to distance herself from a man who continues to defend the invasion of Iraq as necessary and justified (as recently as May 2007!) and who sided with President Bush on privatizing Social Security saying in the Wall Street Journal in 2005 after the re-election of Bush —

There is no doubt that Social Security and Medicare are two of liberalism’s most enduring and popular triumphs. And there is no doubt that a vocal and influential minority remains true to its strong conservative belief that the Social Security Act of 1935 and the 1965 amendments to this act, which created Medicare and Medicaid, represent socialistic and dangerous interferences with the marketplace. However, liberals are wrong to fear that President Bush’s proposal represents a threat to Social Security.

I sincerely hope they do not merely defend their proudest achievement. I hope they see that President Bush is giving them an opportunity to finally do something about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

Ugh…when black is white and positive is negative. Are we in 1984 yet?

From Marc Ambinder:


Speaking on CNN tonight:

BOB KERREY: “It’s something by the way I have told Barack Obama when I’ve met with him. It something that I’ve spoken about before. So this is not something that just sort of came out of the head birth out there in Iowa. I’ve thought about it a great deal. I’ve watched the blogs try to say that you can’t trust him because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa. I feel quite the opposite. I feel it’s a tremendous strength whether he is in the United States Senate or whether he’s in the White House, I think it’s a tremendous asset for him.

Ahem.

You can be naive if you want to be. But then, I’ll be telling you that you’re a fool. It’s all part of a coordinated effort. Remember now, not one, but TWO people have had to quit for spreading the Madrassa LIE in the Clinton campaign. And now, they have Kerrey talking about it.

If you can’t see a hit job when it’s in front of your face, then I feel bad for you. It’s marching orders from Hillary and Company.

Cross-posted at BrownIowa


Some of you may remember Diana Ross’ star turn as “Mahogany” in the film of the same title. Currently the flick can be seen on late night cable and gay bars. Ross has inspired not only many a drag queen however but many black women under 40 or 50 who saw the movie during their formative years.

The movie, released in 1975, highlights a chasm within the middle and upper classes of African-Americans. The conflict between mercantile blacks and political blacks in Mahogany pits Diana Ross, a girl from the ghetto who dreams of making it as a fashion designer against Billy Dee Williams who aspires to be the alderman from their tough neighborhood in Chicago.

In the movie, interestingly directed by big business man Berry Gordy of Motown (and Ross’ husband) sends a clear message that the price of help from whites of any nationality is sexual exploitation and fetishism and “success is nothing without someone to share it with”. Ross’ character learns what’s really important which is standing by her man (that would be Billy Dee) and working toward greater political power for African-Americans. It’s a conflicting message that speaks to the fears of the times of what assimilation and equal opportunity might actually mean.

Cut to today and for many blacks, politics has taken a back seat toward achievement in business. When you look at today’s leading political blacks, the Congressional Black Caucus for example are mostly stalwarts from the Civil Rights Era or their heirs of those baby boomers such as Jesse Jackson Jr or Harold Ford Jr.

Instead, the new battleground for younger African-Americans as encouraged by our families is the corporate arena. Our heroes are not Al Sharpton nor Jesse Jackson Sr. (And yeah, you can probably see me rolling my eyes through the computer screen).

The black peer typing emails in the office next to yours has been encouraged to grow up to be a rich and powerful CEO like Richard Parsons of Time Warner, Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden — holla!), Kenneth I. Chenault of American Express, John Thompson of Symantec, Pamela Thomas-Graham of Liz Claiborne, and Ann Fudge of Xerox.

In case you weren’t paying attention, the civil rights struggle migrated from politics to the board room sometime in the 1980s and 90s. An actual historian might be able to tell us why but perhaps it might have something to do with disillusionment and impatience that political power didn’t translate as quickly into gains for ordinary African-Americans as climbing the corporate ladder as affirmative action began to open doors and fill wallets. The best and the brightest African-Americans seemed less interested in running for office or leading protests and more interested in leaping over loosened barriers to get Harvard MBAs and socially climb. Progressive meant sitting or speaking in all-white boardrooms and proving your intelligence and equality as many times as it took to get promoted.

To gain financial muscle, many leading African-Americans appeared to feel they had to cloak their political leanings behind a friendly, harmless smile. To appear as “safe Negroes”, people like Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Al Roker and Jay-Z strove to show America that the most important color to them and other mercantile blacks was not black but green, baby. Whether you were conservative or liberal, white, black, brown, whatever — you could love your favorite black celebrity/mogul without resentment or guilt. Even Queen Latifah and Whoopi Goldberg toned down their images to appear safer. The message was all about sameness and minimizing difference. At the same time, awed whites began to make jokes about how rich Oprah had become and blacks started worshiping at the alter of prosperity, reading books like “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!“. Mercantile blacks had taken over.

That all started to change in reaction to the Bush Administration. It started in hip hop with Russell Simmons and the Hip Hop Political Summit and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs and his Vote or Die voter registration campaign. It was prima facie non-partisan but if your target audiences are young people and minorities, we all know the demographics are going to skew Democratic.

Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Barack Obama of Illinois are a flashback to the optimism and determination of Billy Dee Williams. They represent the best and brightest that chose not to work for Merrill Lynch for example where they might make more money or become world-famous doctors like Ben Carson MD but take what many middle-class African-Americans would see as the riskier route of politics as their road to success.

What’s different from the 60s and 70s is that their message is the hope of a brighter future not for African-Americans but for all Americans in their states no matter the color of their skin nor the size of their pocketbooks. They’ve taken the language of sameness pioneered by the mercantile blacks and have adopted it as a canny political strategy to cross socio-racial lines. They are the new Black Panthers, moving stealthily through the jungle of a new era.

What’s different from the 70s is we may be on the verge of another alliance between mercantile blacks and political blacks. Oprah Winfrey has stepped out of the political shadows out of her neutral comfort zone to throw her voice and her money behind Barack Obama. She knows she may lose some of her audience and doesn’t seem to care. She’s willing to trade the The goals of mercantile blacks and political blacks are becoming re-aligned. In part out of desperation to push the people who have sent our relatives to maiming and death in Iraq out of office. This force — last seen during the struggle for civil rights in the 1940s-60s — is what drove incredible progress and prosperity in America and not only for African-Americans, dig. It introduced lasting change from which we continue to profit as a nation today.

I’ve been telling people not to sleep on the Oprah/Obama combination for almost a year now. We’ll just have to see how powerful this force really is and what it might mean for the relationship between mercantile and political African-Americans in the new millennium.

What happens when the Black Crusaders meet the new Black Panthers — watch out!

Bill Clinton took to the airwaves on The Charlie Rose Show. Basically, it was an attack fest on Barack Obama, with more than a little subtext of ‘ Who does he think he is, running for President?’

UPDATE: Bill Clinton, on ‘Charlie Rose’ Show, Suggests Obama Not Ready — Obama Responds

NEW YORK In a surprisingly frank interview with Charlie Rose on his PBS show late Friday night, former President Bill Clinton declared that his wife was not only far better prepared to be president than her chief rival Sen. Barack Obama — “it’s not close” — but that voters who disagreed would be taking a “risk” if they picked the latter.

Repeatedly dismissive of Obama — which could come back to haunt the Clinton campaign — the former president at one point said that voters were, of course, free to pick someone with little experience, even “a gifted television commentator” who would have just “one year less” experience in national service than Obama. He had earlier pointed out that Obama had started to run for president just one year into his first term in the U.S. Senate.
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He praised Obama’s intelligence and “sensational political skills” but repeatedly suggested that, unlike his wife and some of the other candidates, he might not be ready for the job. Asked directly about that, Clinton refused to state it bluntly, but did point out that when he was elected president in 1992 at about the same age as Obama, he was the “senior governor” in the U.S. and had worked for years on international business issues. Viewers could draw their own conclusions.

Asked if Obama was ready to be president, Clinton failed to endorse that view, saying, “Well the voters have to make up their mind.” He added that “even when I was a governor and young and thought I was the best politician in the Democratic Party, I didn’t run the first time. I could have.”

Later he said that his friends in the Republican party had indicated that they felt his wife would be the strongest candidate, partly because she had already been “vetted” — another subtle slap at Obama.

Also: He said the most important thing to judge was who would be “the best agent for change” not merely a “symbol for change….symbol is not as important as substance.”

He also hit back at the charge that experienced politicians had helped get us into the Iraq war, saying that this was “like saying that because 100 percent of the malpractice cases are committed by doctors, the next time I need surgery I’ll get a chef or a plumber to do it.”

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Rest of article is HERE.

Ok, here I go. I was trying to be nice, but no more.

I want someone to tell me, exactly what EXPERIENCE does Hillary Clinton have?

Are you going to try and make it that her being MARRIED to Bill Clinton counts as experience?

Are you?

Being MARRIED to someone is experience?

If that’s the case, then sign me up for the Laura Bush for Governor of Texas Exploratory Committe. Laura Bush will have the said EXPERIENCE that Hillary Clinton had when she ran for the U.S. Senate.

Exactly what the hell did she do as First Lady?

Oops, that right, we don’t exactly know what is part of Hillary’s ‘EXPERIENCE’, because they won’t release her papers showing what she did as First Lady.

We DO know that the ONE thing she was assigned to do- Health Care-

WAS A DISASTER.

Not only in terms of results, but her APPROACH.

Secret Meetings.
Not willing to tell how it was organized.

Does this approach remind you of anyone? Oh yeah, Dick Cheney.

This is her natural instinct. This is her style. This is her EXPERIENCE.

Hate it with Cheney. Hillary is no better.

So, let’s go to ELECTIVE experience.

She has ONE full term of elected office. ONE term in the Senate. That’s it.

She got it because?

Because she was married to Bill Clinton.

She’s gotten everything in her professional life because of WHO SHE WAS MARRIED TO.

Period.

She walked into NYC, and ran on her husband’s coattails.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, wasn’t even completely well known on the South Side of Chicago, let alone the state, when he ran. But, he did the hard work. The grunt work, going from town to town, winning over the voters, until he earned the Democratic Nomination.

Same thing for President.

She expected a coronation.

Barack Obama wants to be elected.

Huge difference.

He’s done the work for it; going state to state, raising the money – FROM THE PEOPLE – not PACS or Lobbyists – FROM THE PEOPLE. He put together the organization, state by state, from the ground up. Doing the hard work. Doing the grunt work. Presenting himself to the American people, and trusting them to respond.And, they have.

Is part of the ‘ Experience’ mantra of Bill Clinton, is that HE’S part of the experience?

So, you’re telling me that the reason we should elect the first FEMALE President is because she’ll bring ALONG A MAN TO HELP HER?

Hillary Clinton’s EXPERIENCE can be whittled down to 2 pivotal moments:
1. Her handling of Health Care
2. Her vote on the Iraq War – a vote in which she has NEVER APOLOGIZED FOR.

Don’t we already have a President that makes bad decisions, and refuses to live up to the mistakes that they bring? Why the hell would we elect another? And, she was on her way TO IRAN, until the NIE came out.

As for her ELECTABILITY.

Let’s get this straight, once and for all.

IF you tell me that you’re choosing a candidate based upon ELECTABILITY – then you should be going with JOHN EDWARDS – you see that, in the history of the United States, there has never been anyone elected other than a White Male, and he’s a White Male.

I wouldn’t like it. I would think you were wrong. BUT, I wouldn’t think that you’ve lost your mind.

BUT, do not try and shill me, that, a woman who HALF THE COUNTRY has already told you, they will NEVER VOTE FOR, is the one that is most ELECTABLE.

This is a year out from the November 2008 elections, and HALF THE COUNTRY has told you they will NEVER vote for her – and, in what world, does that make her more ELECTABLE?

I am not naive. I fully know that Barack Obama could be a victim of a ‘ Bradley Effect’. But, for him to get where Hillary is RIGHT NOW TODAY….the ‘Bradley Effect’ would have to the size of a TSUNAMI.

I’ll remind people again.

Barack Obama is NO OLDER than when Bill Clinton won the Presidency in 1992.

NO OLDER.

Barack Obama was a Senator from a state with 12 million people.

Bill Clinton was Governor of a state of only 3 million people.

Who had a harder road to tow to election?

Obama’s response?

Obama throws back Bill Clinton’s 1992 quote in his face…….
Q: Can you respond to President Clinton’s comments last night when he asked when was the last time we elected a president with less than a year of service in the Senate before running for president. Can you respond?

OBAMA: Well look this is an argument they have been making during the duration of this campaign. I guess, here is a quote: (he reads) ‘The same old experience is irreverent, you can have right kind of experience or the wrong kind of experience and mine is rooted in the real lives of real people and it will bring real results if we have the courage to change’ … and that was Bill Clinton in 1992.

Other comments from Obama:

Obama cites ‘over a decade’ of experience
“And I’ve been involved in government for over a decade,” replied Obama.

The Illinois senator said he had “the experience that the country needs right now, of bringing people together, pushing against the special interests, of speaking to the American people about what needs to be done to move the country forward.”

When asked about Sen. Clinton’s reference to possible “surprises” coming out about her rivals for the nomination, Obama said, referring to the senator and the ex-president, “The argument they’re making is that they’ve been around a long time. So whatever negative information is out there, people already know about. The assumption, then, is that lurking in other candidates’ pasts that haven’t been around for 20 years there might be something.”

But Obama said “I’ve probably been more reported on than any political figure in the country over the last year … I hardly think that I’ve been under-exposed during the course of this race.”

He added, “I understand there’s a history of politics being all about slash and burn…. I recall what the Clintons themselves called the ‘politics of personal destruction’ — which they decried. My suspicion is that that’s just not where the country is at right now. They are not interested in politics as a blood sport; they’re interested in governance and solving problems” such as job creation and product safety.

The sense of ENTITLEMENT REEKED from Clinton during the Charlie Rose interview. And, that is exactly why he, and his wife, need to be sent packing. She is NOT ENTITLED to be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES because she suffered the public humiliation of his philandering.

Not.in.the.least.

This is as nice as I can be. There was another undercurrent in that interview, but maybe I’m too ‘ sensitive’ as a Black person and picked up on it. If any other Black folk saw the interview, maybe they’ll tell me if they picked up on the undercurrent too…….


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