Today’s Political Developments

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Following the surprise announcement of Senator Trent Lott’s resignation, his successor has been revealed. After much speculation, most of it ludicrous, such as the appointment of an African American, Mississippi Republican Governor Haley Barbour named Congressman Roger Wicker, a north Mississippi Republican, to Trent Lott’s vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. The White Citizens Council is presumably pleased.

Although the presence of racial discrimination and an undying fealty to the principles of the confederacy and white supremacy remain unabated, Congressman Wicker, in the face of unrefutable evidence that it is still needed, voted to gut the re-extension of the Voting Rights Act of 2006 by voting for a series of GOP amendments designed to make the act unconstitutional and unenforceable.

This follows the time honored tradition of southern white politicians of both parties paying lip service to the cause of voting rights and frustrating its implementation at every opportunity. The African American citizens of Kilmichael, Mississippi, in 2oo1, were treated to disgusting display of segregationist shit when city elections were postponed on the eve of the election, in violation of state and federal law, because it appeared to white city fathers that African American candidates were going to win.

There is no bigoted southern stereotype that Mississippi has not earned. According to the Leadership Council for Civil Rights, “The entire state of Mississippi is required to submit all voting changes to the Department of Justice (DOJ) before enacting them because the state for so long consistently and aggressively denied blacks the right to vote. Since 1969, DOJ has objected 169 times to voting changes in Mississippi–112 of which occurred after the 1982 reauthorization.”

“Many of DOJ’s objections involved efforts to dilute minority voting strength, mostly by creating majority-white districts or changing election procedures to favor white candidates. Because of repeated DOJ objections to these redistricting plans, Mississippi has had at least one black representative in Congress since 1986.”

“McDuff concludes that Mississippi has a long way to go before voters in black-white elections cast their vote based on non-racial factors. For example, in the 2003 State Treasurer election Gary Anderson, the director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, lost the election with 47 percent of the vote to a 29-year-old white candidate with no experience beyond working in a bank. Of the 57 majority-white counties, Anderson won only 18 and lost 39.”

“In addition, federal observers have been sent to monitor Mississippi elections on 250 separate occasions since the 1982 reauthorization, the most for any state. Mississippi accounts for 40 percent of the overall elections to which federal observers have been sent since 1982.”


He supported every questionable judicial nomination put forward by the Bush Administration, for example, Judge Charles Pickering, a long time GOP activist opposed unanimously by the Congressional Black Caucus. According to Roger Wicker, “While I was in college, Charles Pickering was one of the bright new faces in the
Mississippi Republican Party, Wicker said. “He’s been so progressive and so courageous in the area of equal rights for all that it is so unfortunate and so unfair that he’s been accused of being otherwise.”


But Pickering, according to Salon.com, “Instead of “trying to
establish better race relations” in the 1960s, Pickering worked to support segregation, attack civil rights advocates who sought to end Jim Crow, and back those who opposed national civil rights legislation, above all the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Or, in the words of a public statement he signed in 1967, Pickering wanted to preserve “our southern way of life,” and he bitterly blamed civil rights workers for stirring up “turmoil and racial hatred” in the South.”

 

Back in the day, when Judge Pickering was a politician, state senator and a lawyer in private practice, he teamed up to practice law with a segregationist, former Lt. Governor Carroll Gartin. As I am sure y’all are aware, I have a low tolerance for bullshit and an even lower tolerance for bastards like Pickering and their enbablers that don’t have the courage to tell the world that they still support white supremacy. Having come from Mississippi stock, I am always a bit touchy about their blatant racism.

Also, the New York Times is reporting that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is fixing to cock block Barack Obama or John Edwards should they be successful in knocking the Queen off her throne. This is a significant development. Bloomberg, a billionaire, is prepared to spend a record shattering billion to claim the imperial throne. He made noise earlier in the year that he would forgo a bid should the Queen and Giuliani make it to the finish line. I guess his high profile meeting with Obama some weeks back ain’t go well despite the favorable publicity it generated. The centrist non-partisan smokescreen his operatives and their willing political hacks are putting forth are not credible in the least. Bloomberg is prepared to make Ross Perot look cheap.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Caucuses are Thursday, nobody has a lead and its all just a sophisticated ground war now. The Washington Post catches us up on the tactics of Obama, and the rest of the pack in these closing days. Brotha has as good a shot as any at this point, contrary to my pessimistic assessments earlier in the year and that is an impressive achievement. Lastly, the fourth quarter ends today and I expect to hear some numbers soon from the candidates although I don’t know if we’ll hear anything before caucus day.

9 thoughts on “Today’s Political Developments

  1. SB,

    Wicker’s no worse than Lott. Scraping the same goo from the same racist barrell.

    Bloomberg cracks me up. He’s got 11 billion and too much time on his hands. He’s way smarter politically than Perot.

    As for Obama….it’s December 31st and anyone’s guess as to who will win. Weather says clear and near 30 all across Iowa. Wonder if that’s an omen?πŸ™‚

  2. Elizabeth Edwards came out with her own

    ” Remember Obama is a Negro” meme:

    Elizabeth Edwards drew a direct comparison between her husband and Obama.

    “There was a New York Times article fairly early in the race,” she said. “It had a picture of Obama with an Afro β€” that a lot of people had then, it was nice looking, not odd looking β€” at Harvard Law School, being asked to voice an opinion at a meeting of people with respect to tenure for African-American professors. He spoke, and spoke eloquently, and when he left, both sides felt he agreed with them.”

    This was not a good sign, Elizabeth said. This was an example of when a “desire for conciliation becomes more important than getting a particular result.”

    She also said that being too conciliatory “is not what we need right now” and that “John believes we have to fight.”

    Maybe I’m too ‘ sensitive’ SB, but WTF did his hairstyle have to do with the time of day?

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

  3. Last Poll before Caucus – The Des Moines Register Poll:

    From Marc Ambinder – The Atlantic.com:

    Independents Fuel Obama’s Lead / Huck Leads, McCain’s In Third Among GOPers
    31 Dec 2007 10:08 pm

    The Register’s take.

    The numbers:

    Obama: 32%

    Clinton: 25%

    Edwards: 24%.

    ———-

    Huckabee: 32%

    Romney: 26%

    McCain: 14%

    The key points:

    The poll reflects continued fluidity in the race even as the end of the yearlong campaign nears. Roughly a third of likely caucusgoers say they could be persuaded to choose someone else before Thursday evening. Six percent were undecided or uncommitted.Thirty percent of the poll’s respondents said a candidate’s ability to bring about change is the most important, followed by 27 percent who said their priority is choosing a candidate who will be the most successful in unifying the country.

    Asked which candidate would do the best on these themes, caucusgoers most commonly name Obama. The first-term U.S. senator has argued in the closing weeks of the campaign that his newness to Washington, D.C., would help him bridge a politically divided nation and improve its standing overseas.

    Having the experience and competence to lead, which has been the crux of Clinton’s closing argument, was seen as the most important to 18 percent of caucusgoers, with Clinton as the candidate most commonly rated best on this trait.

    Clinton has made an aggressive effort to court female, first-time caucusgoers, especially younger women and those who are retired. Women account for 58 percent of caucusgoers, according to the survey.
    Clinton has rebounded among female caucusgoers in general, pulling even with Obama at 32 percent after losing her edge among this key group to him in the previous Register poll.

    Clinton receives more support from women 55 years old and older than her rivals, and she and Obama draw evenly from the pool of female caucusgoers between 35 and 54 years old.

    However, she trails Obama badly among women under 35, with just 15 percent to his 57 percent.

    The support from non-Democrats is significant because a whopping 40 percent of those planning to attend described themselves as independent and another 5 percent as Republican. Only registered Democrats can participate in the caucuses, although rules allow participants to change their party registration on their way in to the caucuses.

  4. Cliff

    Happy New Year to SB, TPJ, Rikyrah, Ernesto, Denise Andrea, Rick, NMP, and the rest of the Sketical Brotha Family. I’m happy ya’ll have tolerated my crazy ass for a whole 7 months.πŸ™‚

    Bringing in 2008 with a Bang!

    Oh Yeah,

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!

  5. C-Span is a wonderful thing. Flipping through the channels and what do I see?

    Armstrong Williams’ book party for Uncle Clarence.

    Funniest moment?

    Stephen Breyer, who looked like he wanted to be anywhere BUT there. Chief Justice Roberts and Breyer hovering around the food. To me it was hilarious.

    I think all the Supremes were there, but I can’t say for sure because I don’t know what John Paul Stevens looks like. I know I saw Alito, Scalia, Souter, Breyer and Ginsburg, Roberts and Kennedy.

    The usual suspects were there, and some folks that surprised me (Julian Bond), and then The Evil One showed up, and I just can’t look at him so I had to turn the channel.

    And, if yogo shows up….he talked about his RV being broken down…πŸ™‚

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