The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – U.S. Rep. John Lewis on Tuesday said he had no regrets for claiming that Republican rhetoric in the presidential contest reminded him of words spoken by segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace — but he admitted that he could have made his point “in a different way.”
“I do not regret what I said,” Lewis said. “Maybe it could have been said in a different way, because it was not suggesting that John McCain or Sarah Palin was closely related [in] any way to the actions of Governor Wallace.”
Said the Atlanta congressman and Civil Rights icon: “It was all about what I call toxic speech — statements [and] an audience that can unleash bitterness and hatred. And I don’t need anyone to lecture me about my feelings, or what I have observed for more than 50 years.”
Last week, in the face of declining polls, Republicans concentrated on Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and what they called issues of character — and what Democrats called “code words” for race.
Palin in particular repeatedly criticized Obama for “palling around with terrorists.”
“This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said.
On Saturday, Lewis rocked the presidential campaign with his statement that McCain and Palin “are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.
“During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate.”
In the statement, Lewis linked Wallace’s language to the1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls.
McCain immediately called Lewis’ remarks “beyond the pale” and called on Obama to repudiate them. The Republican presidential candidate continued to fume on Monday. “It’s unfair. It’s unfair and it’s outrageous,” McCain told CNN.
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For former Bush mastermind Karl Rove to portray Obama as a Gatsby-esque smoothie, as he did to a group of DC Republicans the other day, was a fascinating piece of race and class voodoo. “Even if you never met him,” Rove said, “You know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”
No wonder his wife’s so mad.
Rove’s comment translates in tactical terms as the weirdly implausible, “If we can’t portray him as an angry black man, what the hell — we’ll portray him as a privileged, elitist, white man.”
Wow…very telling. So what do you think of the translation?
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“It took us 45 minutes before we even started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people…”
No matter just brush your shoulders off!!!! No wonder Jay-Z has endorsed him!
FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama wouldn’t be his party’s leading presidential candidate if he was white.
Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson has revived comments previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, telling The Charlotte Observer,
“What I believe Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not… Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial … it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything.”
Um, if Obama wasn’t black no one would be asking you your opinion of him, Bob. You wouldn’t be in the news, Bob. Somebody, anybody…tell Bob to shut the HELL up. What the is wrong with him. Did he really really listen to what Farraro said? I think is undercover racism sensory apparatus is broken!
Barack Obama is victorious in Mississippi‘s Democratic primary today. It’s a great way to go into next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary in Pennsylvania.
Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
Obama picked up at least six Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention, with 27 more to be awarded. He hoped for a win sizable enough to erase most if not all of Clinton’s 11-delegate gain from last week, when she won three primaries.
The Illinois senator had 1,585 delegates to 1,473 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination. Obama leads Clinton among pledged delegates, 1,374-1,226 in The Associated Press count, while the former first lady has an advantage among superdelegates, 247-211. – Yahoo News
Associated Press is reporting that “whites largely shunned Barack Obama…as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.” I say to that “Surprise, Surprise” in my best Alfalfa voice. It’s a very interesting article…read it.
Yeah, this is just going to be an ugly, ugly, race to the finish. Samantha Power, one of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers called Hillary Clinton a “monster” and was quoted in a Scottish newspaper. You can’t get ‘real’ in front of the press and hope it doesn’t come out. They are not your friends…
Posted: 10:45 AM ETAn advisor to Obama was quoted calling Clinton a monster.
(CNN)— One of Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers apologized late Thursday after a Scottish newspaper quoted her as calling Hillary Clinton a “monster.”
“It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms,” Samantha Power, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government and an adviser to Obama said in a statement. “I apologize to Senator Clinton and to Senator Obama, who has made very clear that these kinds of expressions should have no place in American politics.”
Power’s apology came shortly after the The Scotsman newspaper published an article in which she makes the characterization (a comment she immediately tried to retract), and suggested the New York senator is trying to deceive voters.
“She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,” Power was quoted as saying.
“You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh,’ ” Power also said. “But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”
Power also said the Obama campaign “f***** (fucked…CNN couldn’t write that) up in Ohio.” Clinton beat Obama by 10 percentage points in Ohio on Tuesday.
“In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win,” Powers said.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton distanced the campaign from the remarks, saying in a statement that the Illinois senator “decries such characterizations which have no place in this campaign.”
The interview came the same day a top Clinton adviser compared Obama’s recent actions to independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who prosecuted the Clintons while Bill Clinton was in the White House in the 1990s.
“After a campaign in which many of the questions that voters had in the closing days centered on concerns that they had over his state of preparedness to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he has chosen instead of addressing those issues to attack Senator Clinton,” Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson said on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. “I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president.”
Obama’s campaign quickly denounced that comment.
UPDATE: On a Friday morning conference call with reporters, the Clinton campaign called on Obama to end Power’s role with the campaign. “Personal attacks are not the way to convince voters that you’re capable of being president of the United States,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, a Clinton supporter. “We’re calling on Senator Obama to make it very clear that Samantha Power should not be part of this campaign.”
How many of you smell a super ticket brewing?
Clinton/Obama…Obama/Clinton? I don’t know who’s name will be first, but I think it could happen.