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Now that GOP finally got the chance of getting rid of their black candidate without appearing racist, tabloids are celebrating.

NY Daily News is not featured, but its headline was NO CAIN DO. At least they came up with different puns this time.

So proclaims WaPo in its page one today

Activist Al Sharpton takes on new role as administration ally

and it’s only fitting for the privatization president to legitimize someone exposed a few years ago as

Sleeping With the GOP

by the incomparable investigative reporter Wayne Barett.

But, back to today’s piece of fluff in Rahm’s paper. We are reminded of the embarrassment he was for the campaign in 2008

Early on, Sharpton chose ally, staying off the campaign trail in 2008, for instance, when Obama sent word that he would be a distraction.

and who can forget? Sharpton himself was giving interviews left and right proclaiming from the rooftops his “secret” endorsement of Obama

The article mentions all the visibility opportunities, including the fashion makeover

That more-polished image — a strategy known around his headquarters here as “from-the-streets-to-the-suites”

and different uses for the man who would say anything if it serves him

More recently, Sharpton has been among the president’s chief defenders against criticism from television host Tavis Smiley that “black folk are catching hell” and that the president should do more to specifically help blacks.

Speaking of the risky part of the tie with Sharpton, only Brawley comes up

“In the minds of some people, [Sharpton] is always going to be a black man wearing a medallion defending Tawana Brawley,” said Andra Gillespie, an Emory University professor who studies politics and race. She was referring to the 1987 case, later dismissed, in which a teenage Brawley accused six white men of raping her.

Oh, but that’s ancient history.

For us, New Yorkers, it’s the man who brought us a GOP Mayor you know, the guy charging the homeless rent today


In his 2002 book, Al on America, Sharpton wrote that he felt the city’s Democratic Party “had to be taught a lesson” in 2001—insisting that Mark Green, who defeated the Sharpton-backed Fernando Ferrer in a bitter runoff, had disrespected him and minorities. Adding that the party “still has to be taught one nationally,” he warned: “A lot of 2004 will be about what happened in New York in 2001. It’s about dignity.” In 2001, Sharpton engaged in a behind-the-scenes dialogue with campaign aides to Republican Mike Bloomberg while publicly disparaging Green.

In 2006. Bush’s operative Roger Stone (Miami Dade mob architect) considered using Sharpton to torpedo Hillary’s run

Stone, whose Miami mob even jostled a visiting Sharpton during the recount, said recently in The American Spectator that if Sharpton were to run “as an independent” in the 2006 Hillary Clinton race, she would be “sunk,” implicitly suggesting that this operation may be a precursor to another Stone-Sharpton mission.

So, in light of these associations, who should be shocked that nowadays he is pushing privatization of public education for Obama with New Gingrich?

“He’s been an extraordinary partner. The fact that we’re working together has been great, but the level of his engagement, it’s been phenomenal,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who attended Sharpton’s conference Thursday and toured schools in five cities last year with Sharpton and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

Plus the White House is desperate enough by the loss of interest among black voters to use Sharpton

Obama’s poll numbers are sky-high with black voters. But the need for an ally such as Sharpton is clear for Democratic Party leaders worried about the steep drop-off in interest in November’s midterm elections among African Americans, said John Kenneth White, a political professor at Catholic University. According to a recent NBC/WSJ poll, deep interest has dropped 33 points among blacks, compared with 19 points among whites.

“Between our connection with black churches and our radio show, we reach a lot of black America every day,” he said. “We’re turning that into a strategy.”

After all, he has enough chutzpa to compare himself to Nelson Mandela

Like Nelson Mandela said, you have to have core principles and everything else is a tactic.”

WaPo reports this straight, no editorializing. My jaw being on the floor, I’ll have to do the same.

Pages and pages of gushing over this from Politico. They loved Rick Warren. The dinner at George Will. But wait, there’s more!

It’s no secret Barack Obama is trying to seduce Republicans these days. But his conservative courting runs much deeper and wider than is publicly known

I bet! And there’s another bit I knew of:

“It has certainly helped the president-elect to get more of a hearing from evangelicals when he invited Rick Warren,” said Richard Land, a well-known social conservative and chief of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm. “I don’t think that would have happened had Hillary Clinton been elected.”

It’s what we told them during the primaries. And why? remember not being so much into the fights of the 60’s and 70’s? Civil rights? Feminism?

And Obama, unlike the Clintons and President Bush, is somebody who is neither shaped nor scarred by baby boomer battles, noted Land, 62, himself a product of the era.

Of course. he is untouched by them ugly times. Fresh from the greenhouses of…Chicago?

Update September 2

Bloomberg confirms media is on Obama’s side (not in so many words)

Original entry

LA Times blog gives us a refreshing atitude from the McCain?Palin ticket

Sarah Palin’s not on the Sunday talk shows? That’s a plus, says John McCain

and shock of shocks, the best line comes from Fred Thompson:

That’s no big deal, says onetime GOP presidential contender Fred Thompson. Asked today by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about criticisms of Palin’s minimal experience with national security and foreign policy issues, the former Tennessee senator responded:

“Well, Wolf, I hate to break this to you, but you don’t get national security experience by being on Sunday talk shows, and that’s where a lot of these fellows get theirs.”

and this is from a McCain interview

WALLACE:  Do you think she will help you with women and especially with disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters?

MCCAIN:  I think she’s going to help me with all Americans. I think that the response that we’re getting from men, women, young, old, because they want us to change America.  They want us to change it. They’re sick and tired of business as usual and inside the Beltway kind of thing.

……….

So in all due respect to my friends that say that she has never been on some of the inside-the-Beltway activities, I say, “Thank God.”

Keep this up, John! this PUMA is listening!

And No Quarter has this Red State Update video that kept me in  stitches

Oh, and NOW, which only noticed sexism when it concerned …Michelle Obama, is now against Palin

New York Times uses second hand, anonymous sources speaking for Hillary to say

she was galled that Ms. Palin might try to capitalize on a movement that Mrs. Clinton, of New York, built among women in the primaries.

Which may not be so funny if friends such as…John (don’t cover Florida, they don’t count)Kerry wouldn’t be designated to speak for us! and then they had to face reality

But asked if the Palin pick would lead to a new political marriage between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, a senior Clinton adviser, Ann Lewis, said: “Not a political marriage. She is not on the ticket. Senator Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate. Hillary will do what she can to help.”

Obama’s little helper! And he allows her to! I am so proud, I’ll vote…Palin!


First of all, I think that discussing political implications of the hurricane is crass.

But since it’s been started by more important players than me, I’ll play:

For all the claims by Fowler and Michael More that God is on the Dems side, I believe it will be McCain/Palin benefiting from the weather fallout.

Just look at the lineup Gustav preempted from TV:

ST. PAUL, MINN.–What was to have been the Monday GOP convention line-up…
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
First Lady Laura Bush
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)

Not having those reminders of failure in our living rooms? Priceless!

Plus McCain is handling the events pretty well – visiting the affected areas and declaring

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, ordering the cancellation of all but essential opening-day activities as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans.

“This is a time when we have to do away with our party politics and we have to act as Americans,” he said as fellow Republicans converged on their convention city to nominate him for the White House.

Obama OTOH managed to make it about himself somehow again:

“I think we can activate an e-mail list of a couple of million people who want to give back,” he said.

Are we lucky or what?

Update

His Holiness might even drag himself to the affected areas, but only

if it becomes clear that his presence won’t drain much-needed local and state resources.

Be still my heart! Is he taking the temple with him?

Update

And it’s confirmed

Opening Day Is Abbreviated; Bush, Cheney Won’t Appear

Rich Galen, another veteran GOP operative, said McCain is already benefiting from the choice of Palin, which is going over well with the party faithful, and had little to gain from four full days of speeches. “From the purely political standpoint, this gives Republicans an opportunity to demonstrate to people that they have common sense,” he said. “If in fact people are going to suffer horrors, we are not going to be up here in funny hats, dancing and making it like nothing is going on.”

Politico seems to concur:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican officials say their radically curtailed convention offers a big political opportunity for the party to redeem itself on the competence issue — and for John McCain to step out of President Bush’s shadow once and for all.

The storm could paralyze Democratic efforts to hit McCain on several fronts.

“The contrast between McCain’s responsibility and the fanatical followers in the temple of the Lord Obama won’t be lost on everyday husbands and wives trying to meet their own responsibilities,” a Republican official said.

Not Your Sweetie

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