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  •  The frame/spin that worries me (1+ / 0-)
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    are the media reports that there is tension between Obama and old school Civil Rights leaders. I don't know how much of that is spin or, if true, jealousy on the part of "The Preachers." Perhaps they have their long standing political alliances to consider. To paraphrase The Godfather I the Clintons walk around with AA leaders in their pockets like so many nickles and dimes. Political alliances or otherwise, if this "tension" gets legs than that will become a good way to turn many AA voters off from even taking a considered look at Obama's candidacy.
    But on the other hand, many AAs I have spoken to consider Al Sharpton an embarrassment, not because of his oratory or political positions, many appreciate his willingness to state a plain truth about race and class in the US, but its his hairstyle that wigs people out (pun definitely intended). Perhaps those same voters will see Obama as serious, sober and a dramatically different representative of the community. And let's be honest whether Obama wants that designation or not, he will be saddled with it. His movement through mainstream political corridors is both good and bad. Good in that it quickens his access to the levers of power beyond influence and bad in that one may ask to what degree he may be allowed to speak in his voice and also at crunch time will his AA leadership bonafides (organic connection to the AA community) be questioned. He is still negotiating the white/Kenyan ancestry non issue. To give him credit in the Fall of 2003 when called out by on the DLC listing him as an up and comer he quickly moved to have his name removed from that list. Harold Ford, well we know about Harold Ford . . .

    There is room for all at the rendesvouz of victory

    by Sansouci on Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 10:25:16 PM PST

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    •  I'm not AA but... (1+ / 0-)
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      I worry less about older AA's in congress fighting "40 year old battles" and more about who is going to replace them when they're gone. An important thing to keep in mind is that people like Rangel and Conyers fight and someone has to do that. When we had election problems in Cleveland and couldn't get anyone to pay attention, Conyers came out here, took testimony and published a comprehensive report. Obama worries me. He's seems to be so busy triangulating and being a conciliator, getting everyone to "play nice" that I'm afraid he won't fight when it's necessary. But then, I'm "older," too, so maybe I'm partial to the old guys.

      The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell

      by Psyche on Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 10:55:31 PM PST

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    •  lol. shrine of the head. (1+ / 0-)
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      just passing through

      sharpton has had a new do for some time. peeps don't need to flip channels just so quick ...

      anyways, i'm with you on obama. but it wouldn't have killed him or us to wait another 4. seriously. clintonistas will turn on him, and HRC will lose anyway.

      Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

      by MarketTrustee on Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 11:02:19 PM PST

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