Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shots on the Left and Right

Well, seems both of the Presidential candidates are dealing with remarks that people "close" to their party have made.

Regarding Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson said another "memorable" (AKA ludicrous) thing. He said that "Obama is talking down to black people", and that he wants to "cut his nuts off". Watch Jesse make a little cut motion with his right arm immediately after he states it. The funny thing is that his apology pretty much consisted of him saying that he didn't know the microphone was on. What kind of excuse is that?!?!? Jesse Jackson is so pathetic. He has made a career of grabbing the spotlight on controversial issues and pretends to "crusade" for his people. Blacks don't even like him. He never could get even 5% of the vote in the primaries when he ran for the Democratic Party nominee for President. I don't even know why people interview him. Does anyone care what he has to say?

Oh, by the way, the quote from Obama that Jesse so inflamed? Here it is:

``Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father,'' Obama, 46,
said at the Apostolic Church of God, which has more than 20,000 members. ``Too
many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes.''

Good for you're just telling the truth and trying to inspire some sense of responsibility in young black men, just like Bill Cosby and Charles Barkley have been trying to do for the past several years. Keep it up.

McCain's issue is a little less exciting. Former Senator Phil Gramm, one of McCain's economic advisors, said in an interview with the Washington Post that the economy is not so bad and that we have a "nation of whiners". McCain tried to distance himself from Gramm and showed his distaste for those comments. And check out where he wanted to send Mr. Gramm...

"I don't agree with Sen. Gramm," McCain said. "I believe that the person
here in Michigan that just lost his job isn't suffering a mental recession. I
believe the mother here in Michigan and around America who is trying to get
enough money to educate their children isn't whining."
"Phil Gramm does not speak for me," he said. "I speak for me."

Asked if there was any chance Gramm would be treasury secretary or
handle economic policy under a McCain administration, McCain quickly turned to
humor. "I think Sen. Gramm would be in serious consideration for ambassador to
Belarus, although I'm not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that," he

I don't have too much to say about this. Obviously, McCain cannot openly agree with Gramm. That would be complete political suicide, as most polls show the economy is the number issue for voters at this time. Plus, the economy IS a big issue right now, isn't it???? GDP is nearly stagnant, fuel and food prices are at all-time highs, job losses are increasing, and our dollar is pathetically weak.

1 comment:

Will said...

Jesse won 5 Democratic primaries/caucuses in 1984 and 11 in 1988. I think even Jesse Helms would have given his career a little more credit than you do. Are you thinking of Al Sharpton? And the link to 'blacks don't even like him ' was referring to the comments at the end of the story?

No doubt, this was another embarrassment for him but I don't think it hurts anyone but himself.
You also missed some of the subtlety here. Jesse Jackson has long been preaching that young men should be more responsible fathers so I doubt that's what got him inflamed. He just doesn't seem to like Obama. That may be totally irrelevant but I don't think so. As Obama makes his inevitable drift towards the center (did you read his comments about the Supreme Court's DC gun law repeal?) he may ruffle some lefties. Would these folk vote for McCain? hells no but they could not vote or vote for the Green's happened before.