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  •  Just pointing out that perception (2+ / 0-)
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    often trumps reality.  When you actually look at the Rev's entire body of work there's no doubt that he's been a positive force for change.  But when you have Limbaugh and O'Reilly demonizing the man and Democrats sitting quietly while they do it, coupled with the man being a shadow of his former self, no wonder his reputation has suffered.

    And because this caricature of Jackson has taken root, the perceived sins of the father are now being projected onto the son. As for Jesse not being "ready for prime time" because of playing the attack dog during a presidential campaign -- Samantha Power called a Hillary a "monster" and she's not only back in the mix but helping with the Hillary transition.

    •  I think we should build up pioneers like Rev J (1+ / 0-)
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      chrome327

      The demonizers and their audience will always be there. I ignore them. But yes, I understand...it's sad.

      As for JJJr and Power, it's always a cost/benefit judgment. I have great respect for "attack dogs" - it's a tricky role and most people are smart enough to refuse or old enough to be immune from the blowback (think Gerry Ferraro). Attack dogs almost always come away injured...but they need to at least succeed. I think JJJr's preposterous position meant he failed so he took his injuries with no prize at the end. Often, being selected to function as an attack dog seems like being a trusted party but it really come with the admission that you're inessential and life will go on if you get run over by "the bus". Essential allies are never used as attack dogs because of the risk for injuries. Also, JJJr may have simply been being himself rather then performing as the attack dog.  

      Power did apologize iirc, and sure, making mistakes happens with young people in the lights. Both are young in the public microscope.

      Like I said, it's a cost/benefit decision for Obama that I certainly couldn't make from the outside.  

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