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Jay Nixon's office has just released a youtube video in which Nixon addresses the death of Michael Brown and the ongoing situation in Ferguson.  Some of it is boilerplate and he's clearly reading the speech, some of it is clueless but some of it is surprising.

Nixon knows he's in trouble politically, and he's clearly trying to make a recovery attempt here in a controlled studio setting where he isn't fumbling and bumbling like he's done in his live pressers.

While I think he's still clueless about the police response - he badly needed to apologize to the many peaceful protestors and community members who have been brutalized by tear gas, LRAD devices and rubber bullets and the gross overpolicing of the neighborhood - he's very clear that he wants justice for the Brown family.

He begins with this:

Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in broad daylight.  Since then the world has watched a community engulfed in grief, anger, fear, at times violence  For the family mourning the loss of a son it has been a profound personal tragedy.  
Further in the video:
Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.  The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor, the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do.  Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly,  promptly, and correctly and I call upon them to meet those expectations.
I find the second excerpt interesting.  Surely Nixon has been briefed on the status of the investigation thus far and it doesn't sound like he's buying the cop's story that has been put forward that Brown charged the officer.  He's also sending a clear public message to McCulloch which is almost a warning.  He sounds pretty firm and a little pissed off in this passage (as pissed off as Jay Nixon gets, at least).

I've found Jay Nixon to be badly wanting throughout for the last week and a half.  I think he's wrong about the police response but at least I don't think he's being jerked around about the investigation and I don't think he'll let this be covered up.  It's not enough but it's better.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

    by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:19:47 PM PDT

  •  He's f'd up, but (3+ / 0-)

    at least he's no Scott Walker or other right-wing sociopath or compulsive liar.

    Marx was an optimist.

    by psnyder on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:33:24 PM PDT

  •  Nixon's in a bad spot. He's being asked to take a (6+ / 0-)

    position opposite the majority of white voters (and law enforcement), to support a black victim.  It's the right thing to do, but his political career is over no matter what.  Well, he may as well go out standing for something.

    "Because I am a river to my people."

    by lordcopper on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:37:14 PM PDT

    •  Not sure it's a majority (2+ / 0-)
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      lordcopper, OooSillyMe

      Maybe in southern Missouri but at least in my urban area pretty much everyone I've spoken to thinks the cop executed Mike Brown.  And they're furious about the police response.

      I don't think he can run for governor again but he probably has eyed a Senate seat.  That's over.  His career in politics is done.

      If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

      by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:40:35 PM PDT

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      •  I doubt it (0+ / 0-)

        He'll probably come out of this with an image as a level-headed man who righted a wrong. The people who'd be averse to voting for someone over this wouldn't have voted for him anyway. Obama damn near won the state in 2008, and only lost it by 9% in 2012 despite not even contesting it.

        •  There's a reason he didn't contest it, and I (0+ / 0-)

          doubt MO public opinion is significantly different than that expressed in the Pew Poll.

          "Because I am a river to my people."

          by lordcopper on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:48:56 PM PDT

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        •  We'll see how this turns out (2+ / 0-)
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          Willinois, Big River Bandido

          But the coalition that Democratic politicians need to win here - heavy turnout in the urban areas, skimming a bit from the southern part of the state - won't be there if we keep seeing cops drenching a town in tear gas.  I wouldn't vote for him after this because I don't want this brand of LE coming to my city.  He doesn't seem to have a big issue with some of the police violence.

          If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

          by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:50:23 PM PDT

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    •  But he is term-limited (1+ / 0-)
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      Dem Beans

      All he can hope for is VP at best, maybe a cabinet appt.  he'd be enhanced for the latter by being strong for justice.  And he has no chance for VP anyway.

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      by Mimikatz on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:16:39 PM PDT

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  •  The first few days he kept saying that (1+ / 0-)
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    lordcopper

    he was praying for a peaceful resolution. Now he seems to be more action-oriented. But he's no longer even mentioning prayer. I hope that in all the hoopla that he hasn't stopped praying for God's grace in this matter.

  •  He really gets it (3+ / 0-)

    The violence, such as it is, does need to stop, for Michael Brown's sake more than anything. He doesn't deserve to be remembered as the kid whose death sparked a violent riot. He needs to be remembered as the kid whose death finally, finally, changed the culture of violence towards African American teenagers. And Jay Nixon seems to be pretty committed towards that.

    He could've said only the boilerplate, feel-good BS. Instead, he's practically saying to the DA, "If you don't prosecute the cop, Eric Holder will". Instead of slamming him, we should be happy that a white governor of a culturally-southern state from the former Confederacy has the courage to do and say what he's done and said. It's hard to escape the bubble of privilege that can come from being white. Nixon, to his credit, is trying and is learning from his initial mistakes, and that's way more than most white people.

    •  Missouri was not a Confederate state (3+ / 0-)
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      Other than that, well said.

      If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

      by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:45:25 PM PDT

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      •  It kinda was (2+ / 0-)
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        Missouri was one of the few actual battleground states that had both a Confederacy and Union government.

        Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

        by moviemeister76 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:48:49 PM PDT

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        •  It was a minority, kind of sham (1+ / 0-)
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          Confederate government.  The state overwhelmingly voted against secession. But yeah, it was a battleground state - lots of historical battle sites here. I live a few hundred yards from one.

          If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

          by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:53:36 PM PDT

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          •  Not that much of a sham (0+ / 0-)

            At least 50k folks from Missouri ended up fighting for the Confederacy.

            Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

            by moviemeister76 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 08:03:34 PM PDT

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      •  My apologies (2+ / 0-)
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        leu2500, Dem Beans

        Apparently, they came pretty close to it though. The governor at the time seemed very interested in joining the rest, but the state legislature decided against it. In the end, they decided on neutrality in the Civil War.

      •  much of Missouri (0+ / 0-)

        was de facto Confederate for part of the war, just like Kentucky.

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        by corvo on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:53:55 PM PDT

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        •  No, not 'much' of it. (1+ / 0-)
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          The thinly populated southern part of the state - yes.  

          I really don't want to relive this conversation again.  It's pointless.

          If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

          by Dem Beans on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:55:14 PM PDT

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    •  No he does not (0+ / 0-)

      Every time one of these officials says that we first must have peace before we have justice, they're just lying, and throwing gasoline on the fire.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 06:11:47 AM PDT

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  •  Seems like a coward to me (2+ / 0-)
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    The prosecutor has shown a clear bias in this case, and the governor seems like too much of a coward to appoint a special prosecutor to replace him.

    Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole. - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    by moviemeister76 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:50:26 PM PDT

  •  Deer meets headlights. (3+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans, Willinois, Theretherethere

    We are all made of star stuff, so please be kind to dust bunnies.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:58:30 PM PDT

  •  Disappointing deflection. (3+ / 0-)

    He's putting the focus on Brown instead of the heavy handed and incompetent way this had been dealt with since the shooting.

    There needs to be a complete, transparent investigation. It's good for him to support that.

    But that's not really his job as Governor. He has more influence over how police are acting now that the head of Missouri Highway Patrol is in charge. He needs to take responsibility for the military response happening right now. It sounds like he's trying to justify aggressive police tactics by bringing up Molotov cocktails and violence. Not cool.

    •  I get little nervous... (1+ / 0-)
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      Willinois

      whenever a person of power - be it a governor or POTUS or whoever - calls for an absolute prosecution ( or worse yet, a conviction). I really don't think that is their call no matter how badly everyone wants it. We have worried about jury pool poisoning based on other revelations, and this certainly would be another example.

      He should have been beating the drums - loudly - for a much more thorough and transparent investigation, however.

  •  Nope, sorry, this is just not good enough (1+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans

    There's nothing new here, it's all boilerplate.  He says absolutely nothing of consequence about the county attorney or about the case.  Indeed, for the last 10 days, Nixon has assiduously avoided saying the very things that could start to put a balm on all this.  

    Now it's too late.  Too much distrust, too much water under the bridge, and Nixon has no reservoir of good will with African-Americans to fall back on.  He's part of the problem now.

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 06:09:30 AM PDT

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