"Are we the country we say we are? Are we the country that holds certain truths to be self-evident, words which incidentally were written by a 33-year-old named Thomas Jefferson. You know, are we the country that judges people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin -- words that were written by Martin Luther King when he was about 34 years old,"
On the eve of the South Carolina primary, "the Black primary" as the MSM keeps calling it, it's hardly the safest move politically for Obama--but certainly demonstrates the sincerity and integrity of his campaign for change. It also helps address any lingering ill-will over his campaign's missteps with the Donnie McClurkin kerfuffle.
While the message is always important, sometimes who the messenger is means the difference between attention or perceived condescention.
Thank you, Barack. Keep bringing everyone and everything to the table.
Before we all get too far ahead of ourselves and pointing fingers at this coalescing circular-firing-squad, stop and ask yourselves:
1) Whom does this benefit? 2) Whom do the Republicans want to run against, since their own slate of candidates is so weak?
If the GOP can't win with their weak, spinning-like-a-top Rich White Men, can't run on the horrible mess they've made, they can only find the weaker or more polarizing candidate. I'd personally vote for any Democrat running right now to stop the hemorrhaging Republic from bleeding into Empire, and I'll enthusiastically work for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she is the nominee. But I honestly fear Hillary is more unpredictable in facing the electorate, presents numerous swift-boatable targets from her and Bill's past (two targets for the price of one). I do believe she is the one the Republicans pray they face in November.
They've done this before, over and over again--instead of RFK or McCarthy, we got Humphrey. Instead of Muskie--who'd have probably beat Nixon in 72--we got McGovern. Instead of Hart, we got Mondale. Instead of Cuomo we got Dukakis. Clinton squeaked in the first time only because of Perot.
We haven't had a truly revolutionary candidate in decades. Either the GOP manipulates the process, or the DNC chickens out and tries the old Republican-lite losing strategy--or both.
There's just too much at stake. The need for hope and change is all the greater when the danger is so intense.
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It's a shame that with all the important issues we need to be discussing, the conversation gets shifted--and inflated--to this. Do you really think this is an accident?
"I will vote for Hillary if she is the nominee of my party, because I want Democrats appointed to the Cabinet and the Supreme Court. But I plan to vote for Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary because he is a rational, centered personality who speaks the language of idealism and national unity. Obama has served longer as an elected official than Hillary. He has had experience as a grass-roots activist, and he is also a highly educated lawyer who will be a quick learner in office. His international parentage and childhood, as well as his knowledge of both Christianity and Islam, would make him the right leader at the right time. And his wife Michelle is a powerhouse.