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Here we go again


Welcome to post-racial America, where the only thing that matters is race.

CNN:

Rep. Danny Davis, a Democrat from Illinois and mayoral candidate in Chicago has a message for former President Bill Clinton: Butt out.

Davis, a onetime ally of Clinton’s, issued a strongly worded statement Tuesday, in which the Chicago Democrat said he is “seriously concerned and disturbed” by the news Clinton plans to throw his weight behind ex-Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and make a campaign stop in the Windy City next month.

“The African American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago’s Black community,” Davis said in the statement.

The pushback from a prominent member of the black community echoes that which greeted Clinton in 2008 as he campaigned on behalf of his wife, a presidential candidate at the time battling then-Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton – long a popular figure in the black community – saw his approval numbers sink among that demographic as he took sharp aim at Obama and questioned the freshman senator’s competancy to sit in the Oval Office, sometimes in terms conceived as particularly harsh.

[…]

The Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet reports that Carol Mosely Braun, a former ambassador to New Zealand under Clinton and now a candidate for mayor in Chicago, is also calling on the former president to back off.

Her statement:

“Bill Clinton is an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider. Rahm’s residency status continues to be challenged in court. It’s not yet clear that he will be on the ballot. At the same time former president Clinton risks his legacy and the great respect that he has enjoyed among African Americans by coming to Chicago to endorse Rahm Emanuel who is running for mayor against two black candidates.

“Clinton should remember New Hampshire where he called Barack Obama’s opposition to the war in Iraq ‘a fairy tale.’ He was wrong.

“Clinton should remember South Carolina where he played the race card painting Obama as “the black candidate”. Again he was wrong. Bill Clinton will be wrong again if he gets involved in the Chicago mayoral contest. He should stay home and avoid the cold.”


First of all let me say that I don’t like Rahm Emanuel. Although I was never one of those DLC-phobics I didn’t care for him even before he hooked up with Barack Obama. I hope he loses the election.

Secondly, unless Hillary really plans on running again I doubt the Big Dawg gives a shit about his approval ratings. If she runs in 2012 against Obama I doubt the Chicago mayoral race will be the first thing on the minds of African American voters. If she runs in 2016 against a slate of white Democrats I doubt it would make any difference either.

But this race card shit has got to stop.

Whatever Bill Clinton’s motives for supporting Rahmbo, I’m sure race was not one of them. The people turning this into a racial issue are Danny Davis and Carol Mosely Braun. They should be ashamed of themselves.


(h/t Angienc)


It’s cuz he’s black


Ishmael Reed explains:

What Progressives Don’t Understand About Obama

NOT all of my white teachers viewed me as a discipline problem. To the annoyance of my fellow students, one teacher selected me regularly to lead assembly programs. A high school teacher insisted that I learn about the theater. She was an America-firster who supplied me with right-wing pamphlets and magazines that I’d read at breakfast and she didn’t seem bothered by my returning them with some of the pages stuck together with syrup.

But most of them did see me as an annoyance, and gave me the grades to prove it.

I’ve been thinking recently of all those D’s for deportment on my report cards.

[…]

And I’ve thought about them as I’ve listened in the last week to progressives criticize President Obama for keeping his cool.

Progressives have been urging the president to “man up” in the face of the Republicans. Some want him to be like John Wayne. On horseback. Slapping people left and right.

One progressive commentator played an excerpt from a Harry Truman speech during which Truman screamed about the Republican Party to great applause. He recommended this style to Mr. Obama. If President Obama behaved that way, he’d be dismissed as an angry black militant with a deep hatred of white people. His grade would go from a B- to a D.

What the progressives forget is that black intellectuals have been called “paranoid,” “bitter,” “rowdy,” “angry,” “bullies,” and accused of tirades and diatribes for more than 100 years. Very few of them would have been given a grade above D from most of my teachers.

When these progressives refer to themselves as Mr. Obama’s base, all they see is themselves. They ignore polls showing steadfast support for the president among blacks and Latinos. And now they are whispering about a primary challenge against the president. Brilliant! The kind of suicidal gesture that destroyed Jimmy Carter — and a way to lose the black vote forever.

Unlike white progressives, blacks and Latinos are not used to getting it all. They know how it feels to be unemployed and unable to buy your children Christmas presents. They know when not to shout. The president, the coolest man in the room, who worked among the unemployed in Chicago, knows too.


According to his bio on Wikipedia:

Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but grew up in Buffalo, New York, where he attended the University of Buffalo, a private university that became part of the state public university system after he left. The university awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1995. He moved to New York City in 1962 and co-founded with the late Walter Bowart the East Village Other, a well-known underground publication. He was also a member of the Umbra Writers Workshop, an organization that helped establish the Black Arts Movement and promoted a Black Aesthetic.

I’m gonna take a wild guess and say Mr. Reed had a close up view of the Civil Rights Movement. Not to belittle his point of view or take anything away from his life experiences, but what does any of that have to do with Barack Obama?

I can hear the Obots saying “He’s black too, you moron” now.

No, he’s not.

Obama is bi-racial. He was raised by white people in a life of privilege a long way from the segregated world that Mr. Reed was born and raised in.

As for his over-hyped experience as a “community organizer” isn’t it strange that a man who wrote two memoirs by his mid-40’s has never really provided a detailed account of what was allegedly one of the key formative periods of his life?

Not even the most wild-eyed DFH progressive expects Obama to behave like some stereotypical ghetto gangsta and start screaming profanities and slapping Republicans around. Nor is there a meaningful debate about what letter grade to assign him for his deportment.

The issue is Obama’s achievements or lack thereof. The people who supported Obama and the Democrats had reasonable expectations as to what they wanted from the past two years. These are the same kind of expectations any winning candidate for POTUS would face.

They are expected to govern competently. They are expected to do their best to advance the agenda they ran on – to keep their campaign promises. They are expected to be the kind of person they portrayed themselves to be.

Here at TC we’re not disappointed with Obama’s performance. We expected a massive FUBAR and he’s exceeded our worst nightmares. But his progressive supporters (however naive and/or gullible they may have been) have a legitimate complaint.

Not according to Ishmael Reed, though.

Welcome to post-racial America, where the only thing that really matters is race.



Is Dick Morris Psychic?

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Or did he get a memo from the Obama campaign?

I was over at Cannonfire, clarifying something I said in my post about Sister Souljah, when I saw something I missed.  Joseph Cannon thought I was referring to a recent column by Dick Morris when I quoted him, but the comment was made back in January.  When I went back to my source for the quote (a post by Logan Murphy at Crooks & Liars) to check the date, I realized that Morris made the statement before the New Hampshire primary.

The reason this is important is that I left out part of the quote.  Here’s the entire quote:

“I think what she’s going to do is take a page from Bill’s playbook in 1992 when he was facing Jesse Jackson going into the New York primary. From out of nowhere, he seized on an episode with Sistah Souljah, who is a black rapper who apparently had dissed the National Anthem. And he attacked her, and the whole point was to use race as an issue against Jesse Jackson — which succeeded and he carried New York by a very large margin. And I think that what she’s going to do is she’s going to say, Obama’s unelectable, Americans won’t elect him, he can’t beat the Republican party, America’s not ready for Obama and what – he doesn’t have the experience to win. And what she’s going to mean is that they won’t vote for an African American, but she won’t say it. She’ll say everything but, but that’s what she means. And we’ll see if that works, I hope it doesn’t.” (emphasis in the original)

As Logan points out, Morris was predicting that Hillary would make a “dirty comeback” by using veiled racial comments in order to win.  He made that statement on the evening of January 5th, three days before the primary on January 8th, when Hillary won an unexpected victory.

Hillary’s victory triggered weeks of allegations that her campaign was making racial comments.  The Obama campaign also pushed the idea that she won New Hampshire due to the “Bradley Effect” and JJJ (Obama’s national campaign co-chair) criticized Hillary for not crying for the victims of Katrina. 

Just before the South Carolina primary an internal memo from the Obama campaign surfaced, showing that they were pushing the racism meme.  We know that the allegations in the memo were bogus, so it raises the question:

Was Morris’ “prediction” based on foreknowledge of Obama’s plans?

IOW – Did he get the memo?