And now, here's the latest episode of White Guys Gone Wild that just goes to show that in politricks, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, only permanent interests.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn't want Rep. Jesse Jackson in the Senate, a point he made clear to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in a conversation about filling Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.Let's just call this what it is: Some bullsh*t. Reality is, if this was a similar predicament involving the GOP, we'd be claiming racism and screamin' "this is why the GOP can't get no black votes". Overlook the fact that the GOP has no blacks on Capitol Hill, it's wrong regardless of party.
The Nevada Democrat made one call to Blagojevich on Dec. 3 to discuss the seat vacated by the president-elect, Reid spokesman Jim Manley confirmed. Six days later, authorities arrested Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Obama's seat.
The Sun-Times reported Friday that during their discussion Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jesse Jackson Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones because he feared they'd lose to a GOP opponent in the next election.
Jackson and Davis are both Democratic congressmen from Illinois, and Jones is the Illinois Senate president and Obama's political godfather.
Instead, Reid pressed Blagojevich to appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the newspaper.
William Walls of the Committee for a Better Chicago called Reid's opposition to the appointment of Jackson, Davis or Jones, all of whom are black, an act of racism.
Even if you have qualms about Davis, Jackson, or Jones, reality is if there's any state that would be amenable to a black candidate, it's Illinois, which has elected not one, but two blacks to the Senate. As much sh*t as I pop about the GOP being bassackwards, it seems to me like Harry Reid's the one stuck in the past.
I suppose we should overlook this because these folks' only vested interest was in the party winning, not selecting a particular candidate. I suppose we should be thankful that the Clinton campaign vetted Barack so thoroughly that there were no October suprises for The G-G-G-G-O-P Unnniiitt to exploit. I suppose we should just look the other way at how the Democratic Party allowed it's own brand of underhanded racism to fester because all that matters in the end is that our guy won.
Reality is, Obama or NObama, the Democratic Party isn't too many rungs ahead of the GOP on the "Progressive" ladder. In my own state a few years ago, I watched a relatively well-known black candidate (Kwesi Mfume) with the requisite amount of experience completely passed over for a fuddy duddy, comparatively unknown white candidate (Ben Cardin) who more or less ended up winning the Senatorial campaign (over Michael Steele) by default.
You could debate Mfume's credentials relative to Cardin's all day long, but reality is, the state Democratic Party was so outwardly hesitant to even give Kwesi a shot. Early on that it was obvious they never wanted him to win the party nomination, although he was the first to announce his intentions by months. State party leaders expressed concern about his son's legal woes, and after an extensive search, eventually pulled Cardin from the mothballs and appointed them as their candidate of choice. When a "confidential memo" about some of Mfume's "personnel issues" while a the helm of the NAACP were "accidentally leaked" to the press, it was a wrap. Cardin easily won the party nomination and with lukewarm support statewide, barely eked out a win over Steele in a state that is as blueblooded as they come. Except for a small PSA about home foreclosures I saw the other night, Cardin has been largely invisible and mostly inconsequential during his time on Capitol Hill. But it doesn't matter, the state party got who they wanted all along, and it won't Kwesi.
The culmination of such incidents made me change my party affiliation shortly after Mr. Obama won the election on November 4th. I've never been one to vote strictly along party lines anyway, especially not on the local level. I have too many ideological issues with the GOP to vote for any Republican Presidential candidate (and I don't see this changing anytime soon), but for virtually any other office, it's fair game. I've voted for Republicans in the past, and will continue to do so. If you can fill potholes, fund schools, and keep criminals in check, I don't care if you're from The Green Party, you'll get my vote. Thus, it made complete sense to change my party affiliation to unaffiliated.
I'm not pretending that being I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T (do you know what that mean?) is the solution to the two party system's bastardization of the black vote, but what other fix is there? The GOP is outwardly hostile towards people of color, and the Dems are a bit more respectful, but still ultimately don't give a sh*t about anything but your vote. Pick your poison, red or blue, it's still poison.
Thanks Harry, for reminding us that (some of) the Dems don't really care about us neither.
Question: Is Harry Reid's episode of baller-blockin' racist or merely protecting the integrity of the party?
Sen. Reid Called Gov. Blagojevich to Discuss Filling Obama's Senate Seat [FoxNews]