The Witch is Dead

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We are witnessing the beginning of the end for Hillary Clinton. I cannot conceive of any scenario in which a Negro Presidential contender could lose eight straight contests after Super Tuesday and still be considered the front-runner looking toward Texas and Ohio. Nothing comes to mind because IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. The Media buys her B.S. because of the person selling it.   The only thing holding Hillary Clinton up right now is white privilege because it sho’ ain’t the voters.    

With a third of the precincts counted, Barack Obama, a Negro who came from outta nowhere, is running the table with 63% of the vote against the most formidible political machine on earth.   Curious that I haven’t heard the term Clinton fatigue as of late.   If this ain’t it, I don’t know what is.   Tee, baby, when you said,”that Byotch can’t win,” you were right on target.   God bless your pointed head.  Clinton’s inevitability was nothing more than a Jedi mind trick used by the dark side of the Force and Barack just killed the Empress by throwing her down the mine shaft. 

 

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Checking both Montgomery County and Prince Georges County Precincts, Donna Edwards has defeated corporate whore Fat Albert Wynn for re-election from Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District by a landslide of 36,010 votes to 22,148.  Looks like K-street has a new lobbyist and the people have a new champion.

70 thoughts on “The Witch is Dead

  1. A sista living in Northern Virginny did her part this morning before heading to the plantation.

    The Borg Queen’s trying to stir up support in El Paso at this very moment. Guess hiring Maggie the Handkerchief Head and threatening to put the Whore on her ticket as VP is giving everyone pause and saying “Aw, Hell naw, I’m voting for Obama!”

    The biggest turn out in Alexandria? WHITE MEN for OBAMA. No joke, you can’t make that stuff up.

    And when I told my colleagues at Black Agenda Report about the Whore becoming VP, they blew chunks and messed up their computers while screaming at me, “Why you have to call a tell and brotha that shyt?!” LOL

  2. Put on the CD player.

    Blast it.

    Inside:

    CAN YOU FEEL IT
    – The Jacksons

    Been playing it all night.

    HE STOMPED HER!!!

    STOMPED HER!!!

    I gotta say this…I LMAO everytime Pat Buchanan points out that Hillary’s getting ‘ Barry Goldwater’ percentages from the Black community.

    DAMN, SKIPPY!!

  3. Rick

    NAACP Head wants FL, MI delegates counted
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080213/ap_on_el_pr/delegates_blacks

    (by the way, Freddy and Jason died too. With that as background, I’m sitting very quietly in the theatre — munching on the popcorn — and waiting for the sequel, HRC III. I.e., Ya’ll pls keep in mind HRC was pronounced dead once before too. There’s still the matter of those superdelegates, and TX and Ohio, and now bro man trying to get FL, and MI delegates counted)

  4. Rick,

    I’m feeling you, and I understand where you’re coming from, and I’m not going to hatch any chickens.

    But, we’ve been storming the Bastille. The battering ram is in hand. Everyday, more folks show up to help us, and we get more determined.

    Time isn’t on her side. We’re gonna break down that damn door.

    My next post will be pointing out the latest Memos coming from the Billary camp; what they’re floating out there to try and harm Obama with….they ain’t subtle, and they sure ain’t slick, and we’ve gotta point it out. Makes me believe even more that Tavis is part of that effort, and I’m a nanosecond away from calling him a HHH.

    Julian Bond SO is one after today. We’ll deal with his Uncle Tom ass tomorrow.

  5. rene

    Yes, Barack cannot be denied!

    But I will say that if even after all this, he (mysteriously) doesn’t get the nomination, I pray he’s smart enough to run on an independent ticket w/ John Edwards as his main man.

  6. Roland Martin said today, on his radioi show, that Bond had sent the letter WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE NAACP BOARD. He did it on his own, using NAACP letterhead.

  7. Andrea,

    On MSNBC last night, and again this morning on Tom Joyner, Rev. Al made it clear

    HE’S NOT HAVING THIS.

    He said this was, and I quote , “PoliTRICKS of the highest order.”

    That this was akin to playing a 4 quarter game and deciding to change the rules in the middle of the third quarter.

    Rev. Al said HELL NO.

  8. Andrea

    Thank you, Rikyrah!

    Keep the information coming…

    BTW…did people hear that Eleanor Holmes Norton endorsed Obama Monday. I was completely shocked considering I know she has a feminist history. I thought she would have aligned that way over all the racial politicking. I was truly surprised.

    Now…tell me…what does it really mean? Anyone out there that can explain what they think was her m.o. so late in the game? Was she jumping off a sinking ship in desperation or do you think she really was torn?

    Tell me!

  9. Al Wynn suddenly endorsed Obama two weeks ago and last night, Donna handed him his ass.

    K Street gets the most incompetent lobbyist they’ll ever see, because he will have ZERO influence.

    I pulled that lever for Obama yesterday, and I saw a lot of white guys here in Alexandria doing the same thing.

    Julian Bond – this is the guy who ran off Bruce Gordon as CEO, because Gordon actually ran the NAACP as a corporate entity and they couldn’t deal.

    I tore up my NAACP membership when Mfume left, and it wasn’t that Mfume wasn’t a good leader, he just couldn’t keep it in his pants and women who he dated kept getting plum promotions and job assignments as a result – a Sexual Harrassment lawsuit waiting to happen.

    But, because Mfume got all the corporate money out of the NAACP, they became viable again.

    Now, they’re going back to being infested with corporate money and returning to irrelevancy, thanks to stunts pulled by Julian Bond. I swear, I think the man believes he OWNS the NAACP organization, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen if he sent that letter out regarding the delegates in Michigan and Florida without Board approval…

  10. Speaking of betrayals…Gov. Jennifer Granholm has betrayed the voters of Michigan, myself included, by advocating the seating of Michigan delegates at the convention. Barack Obama’s name was not even on the ballot. Hillary’s was. Yet Granholm, looking for a plum Clintonian appointment, decides to play fast and loose with the will of Michigan voters. These kind of shenanigans do absolutely nothing to diminish my level of CLINTON FATIGUE.🙂

  11. Zeitgeist9000

    Skeptical Brotha,

    I have a confession. I’m a 28-year-old black guy, born and raised in Detroit. I kept my nose in the books and when I was working in the counseling office at my high school on the west side, I was blessed to run into this black recruiter lady from Dartmouth. It’s been almost seven years since I graduated, and after returning to Detroit briefly, I never looked back.

    I didn’t have it hard growing up but my parents lived paycheck to paycheck. But under Clinton we really did well. My dad earned more than he ever had, and he could afford just enough to make a (small) part of my tuition payments. Six months after Bush took office, the recession Bush brought with him finally caught up with economy. I graduated, and my dad’s income went back down.

    I really don’t understand how our community can ignore all that the Clintons did for them. If you look at the black federal judges Bill put on the bench, the black politicians the Clintons have helped (Deval Patrick comes to mind), and the fact that the Bill had a 90% approval rating among us upon leaving office, I just don’t get how we can turn our backs on them.

    I don’t think Clinton is done yet. Wisconsin is close, and from what I hear, the Hawaiian Democratic establishment (read: political machine) is behind her. Ohio and Texas will be pivotal. Also, Rhode Island and possibly Vermont will favor her.

    So if Obama does win, it will be by attrition. I don’t think there will be any single decisive moment, but a number of events, like what we witnessed last night in the Chesapeake Primary, that will be factors in Clinton closing shop. But, ultimately, she won’t. The woman has a base of supporters in the Democratic Party which shows no signs of going away. And her contribution of $5 million of her own money was the biggest sign that she’s personally invested in winning it all.

  12. Mashawa

    I think there is some interesting elements to Obama’s surge. Clearly white peopleare voting for him, we should thank them for that and apologize for all the things we’ve said on this blog about whites not supporting a black candidate. We were clearly wrong about that.

    On another note, Obama needs to start talking about issues, not just flowery language and non-specifics or I’m afraid he’ll get nailed. His popularity is on his personality and the color of skin, and the feel good nature of his comments…not his policies. So we need to get him talking or he will be exposed.

    Also his appeal is due to an absence of the “angry negro” stance. Jackson set the black community back 50 years because he acted like a angry man looking to “give whitey his due”.
    I like this situation, we have a mixed candidate who’s skin appeals blacks, and who’s white sensibilities, due to his white mother, appeals to whites. But I still worry about his grasp on the issues,he needs to talk more about them.

  13. Zeitgeist9000

    When Clinton wins the nomination, the seeds of Obama’s demise will be shown to have sowed in Clinton surrogate Gov. Ed Rendell’s statement that conservative whites in Pennsylvania are not ready for a black president. Due to the current Obamania in the media, no one is really picking it up; but the whites in western Pennsylvania (read: and eastern Ohio) certainly got the message. After Clinton wins Ohio, big, and Texas, even by the narrowest margin, Pennsylvania will be seen as another big state nail in Obama’s coffin.

  14. Rick

    re: Bond and Tavis vs Obama

    Like I’ve argued in the past, the Obama campaign offers a thematic view of the parallel universe in corporate america.

    Obama gave the perfect demonstration in the SC debate about how to deal with a privileged female nemesis — firm and direct, without being seen as angry-black-man aggressive. He really should have gotten an ACADEMY award for that performance, given the delicate balance involved.

    Now, we all get to see on full display how some black men hate on other black men that are rising like crabs-in-a-barrel trying to rise to the top.

    I used to give Tavis his props and attended his events. Right now, Tavis and Bond disgust me.

  15. Chesapeake

    The disgust against Tavis and other Clinton backers is understandable. However, the subjects being discussed among Clinton and her supporters, Obama and his supporters, and McCain and his supporters is good stuff. It’s far different from the antics of the Clintons, Bob Johnson and Charlie Rangel a little over a month ago. The arguments are critical and constructive.

    On a personal level, Tavis needs someone close to him to punt a foot in his crack to help him check his ego. He’s taking himself seriously, thinking very highly of himself, and his pride is a distracting from the potential of the Covenant. If Tavis persists in his tactics, New Orleans could turn out to be nothing but a beauty pagent.

    Florida and Michigan … the democratic leadership could and should immediately squash all this by making a decision to affirm it’s stupid decision to punish those states by stripping them of delegates. The reason the leadership hasn’t squashed the movement to reinstate the delegates can only logically be that there’s some attempt to find a way to bring those delegates back. Sum’n up?

  16. According to some dude on MSNBC tonight, Hillary will have to get 60 percent in Ohio and Texas to have a chance of getting the delegate lead back.

    He also said the superdelegates may well be a non-issue if she’s behind in the delegate count at the end of the primary season.

  17. Well rikyrah, that’s how New Hamphsire was spun, even tho it was a tie in the delegate race. A tie in delegates on March 4th ain’t gonna cut it for her. The gist of what this guy was saying is that the math is stacked against her…and numbers don’t lie.

  18. Denise

    Well then, Mr. Smiley is on his own with this. Good luck, bruh!

    Mind you, I’m no Obama Koolaid drinker by ANY stretch of the imagination. Furthermore, I believe that Tavis’ heart is in the right place, in spite of his ego. The campiagn’s offer to dispatch Mrs. Obama – a talented, capable woman in her own right – is certainly a REASONABLE compromise.

    There is too much IMPORTANT shit going on to have to worry about feeding and burping a baby. I ain’t with this! LOL

  19. Angie

    “I used to give Tavis his props and attended his events. Right now, Tavis and Bond disgust me.” Rick

    Rick, I feel you.

    Rikyrah, of course Tavis doesn’t want Michelle. the SBU is the kind of event that Michelle could hold down her husband. The sistah wouldn’t let any of that “fast talking” get past her. And Tavis and all the producers of the SBU know that. There is no way Michelle would let them get away with trying to humiliate her at an event like that.

  20. Worried about Superdelegates Hijacking Democracy?

    Then click on the following links:

    Democracy for America -Voters Decide

    Superdelegate Transparency Project

    Here is what we’re up against – from The Boston Globe

    Clinton is determined to “take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote” with a plan to “persuade enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention.” Clinton “will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton’s communications director, Howard Wolfson.”

  21. The Obama campaign offered Michelle as a surrogate, and Tavis Smiley turned it down. Like I said, Tavis is now SUSPECT.

    I told y’all Tavis wasn’t going to deal with Michelle. He’s a misogynistic pig and she would hand him his ass on a platter, and make him come back for seconds.

    So he can’t play the “Obama’s dissing me” game anymore. He’s beyond suspicion, too.

    Repeat after me:”TAVIS IS NOT A LEADER; HE’S A MARKETEER.”

    Repear, rinse and spit…

  22. And, I’m just spreading the word.

    If you’re worried about SuperDelegates Hijacking Democracy

    Then click on the following links:

    Democracy for America -Voters Decide

    Superdelegate Transparency Project

    Here is what we’re up against – from The Boston Globe

    Clinton is determined to “take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote” with a plan to “persuade enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention.” Clinton “will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton’s communications director, Howard Wolfson.”

  23. zeitgeist9000

    The superdelegate issue is a sensitive one. I think Clinton will get her much-needed victories in Ohio and Texas. And the question will be, where do the superdelegates fall?

  24. Rick

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all the Dynamic Ladies of Skeptical Brothers Blog-site

    Special shout: Andrea, Angie, Denise, Marla K., Rikyrah, The Political Junkie…you ROCK! 🙂

    Rick

  25. john in california

    “After suffering a string of primary defeats to her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, Clinton’s campaign was quick to point out that a Quinnipiac University poll showed her well ahead in Ohio — by a 55% to 34% margin — and in Pennsylvania, by 52% to 36%.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/election-notebook-clinton-ahead-ohio/story.aspx?guid=%7B76BFBF71-6CB9-4935-8726-D621DE97C607%7D&dist=hplatest

    Quinnipac always skews conservative, but nevertheless, Obama has a high hill to climb in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This is rustbelt, conservative, patriotic, low education and often catholic country for dems. Clinton and Obama are a wash on choice, so it comes down to the war and the economy. Obama needs to hang NAFTA around Clinton’s neck unrelentingly, even more than her war vote. Also, Ohio’s primary allows independents to vote for either dem or repubs candidates and they are not included in the poll. Many of them are Ron Paul supporters and they hate Clinton and McCain equally. Since the repubs primary rules are winner-take-all, they get nothing by voting for RP, and Obama’a foreign policy is more in line with their beliefs, therefore look for a subterranean Independent surge for Obama.

  26. Hey, everyone, I know you’ll appreciate Obama’s letter to Tavis Smiley, since Tavis is trying to “shame” prominent Blacks to show up at the Negro Super Bowl later this month. I got this in my email from Dr. Boyce Watkins of YourBlackWorld blog:
    _________________________________________
    In case you didn’t know, there appears to have been a little beef between Barack Obama and Tavis Smiley. It seems that Tavis felt the need to “put people on blast” for not choosing to speak at the State of the Black Union Conference. I respect Tavis tremendously and like him as a person, but it is my personal opinion (in agreement with my good friend Roland Martin at CNN) that Smiley’s presumptions might be over the line. Not attending this forum does not imply that one doesn’t care about people of color. However, in agreement with Smiley, Obama must be held accountable when it comes to delivering on his campaign promises. Right now, Senator Obama must spend his time doing the most critical thing: proving that he can win this election!
    The letter is below:

    February 13, 2008

    Mr. Tavis Smiley
    President and CEO
    The Smiley Group
    3870 Crenshaw Boulevard
    Suite 391
    Los Angeles, CA 90008

    Dear Tavis,

    Thank you for the invitation to participate in the 2008 State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans, Louisiana February 21-23. The exchange of ideas raised at this annual symposium are invaluable as our nation strives to address the critical issues facing not just African Americans, but Americans of every race, background and political party.

    I especially commend you for hosting this dialogue in New Orleans. On the eve of the Louisiana primary, I visited this great city for the fifth time since declaring my candidacy to share policy proposals for rebuilding the Gulf Coast so that we never experience another Hurricane Katrina. On February 9, I was deeply humbled to win the Louisiana primary with 86 percent of the African American vote and a 14 point lead among all voters who said they were adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina.

    Uniting our country and creating a national constituency for fundamental change is why I am running for President of the United States. We have come a long way in this race, but we still have a long road ahead. In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail everyday in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum such as affordable healthcare, housing, economic opportunity, civil rights and foreign policy. I am committed to touching every voter, and working to earn their vote.

    That is why with regret, I am not able to attend the forum. I understand that you have declined the campaign’s request to have Michelle Obama speak on my behalf. I ask that you reconsider. Michelle is a powerful voice for the type of real change America is hungry for. No one knows my record or my passion for leading America in a new direction more than Michelle Obama.

    Tavis, this is our movement and our time. I look forward to working closely with you throughout this election. Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Barack Obama

    To see African-American commentary on this issue, as well as comment yourself, please visit http://www.YourBlackWorld.com.

  27. TPJ,
    You really should go to Roland Martin’s blog for the Tavis/Obama controversy.

    http://essence.typepad.com/news/2008/02/copy-of-sen-bar.html

    Some said that Tavis sounded like a ‘new man’ in today’s controversy. Parsing some bullshit about not being contacted, in letter form – I think that was his way to weasel out of it -that’s how he could claim ignorance.

    Betwixt you, me and the bedpost, I think his phone lines, emails, etc. blew up with folks who WERE NOT HAVING IT. I mean, look at the responses at Roland’s post on it. And, his snub of Michelle?

    Folks not having that. I think we’re more protective of Michelle than we are of Barack, if you get my drift.

  28. Rikyrah:

    Roland clued me in and Boyce sent me the email attachment of Barack’s letter.

    I think Tavis believed his own press clippings, and got a royal smackdown.

    He may not like Obama, but he will damned well have to respect the brotha after that move.

    Tavis will always punk out when called on his bullshyt – take that to the bank. Especially if it’s a woman who’s doing the calling out. Hell, yeah, his phone, pager, blackberry, email – everything he could be contacted with, got overloaded with people calling him, saying “Negro, I’m through with your hateration and your jealousy of Obama; now drink your can of STHU. What did you think you were doing trying to shame people into attending the Negro Super Bowl like that? We ain’t having none of your shyt…”

    Rikyrah, also consider how many of Tavis’ sponsors have donated money to Obama’s campaign, not to mention the Borg Queen, because they play both sides of the fence. But if they piss off enough Black people, they know our history of economic boycotts of their asses. How do we know those sponsors called Tavis and told him to dial it back a notch, make nice with Obama or else the cheddar would not be forthcoming for the annual Negro Super Bowl in N’awlins this year?

    Just like Tavis extorted that facility from Eddie Long in ATL back in 2005 and Eddie saw dollars floating away from New Birth, Tavis got a similar call and sees his revenue floating away or staying put.

    Ever been to one of those SOTBU’s? Someone gets fat paid; be it book sales, DVDs, T-Shirts, everything that can be sold. There’s always food vendors hawking everything from Bean Pies to Fried Chicken, Catfish, sammiches, and red Kool-Aid. People get paid – Tavis gets kick backs.

    He makes grand theft dough – not to mention the publicity of these events. A rift with the Black Man Who Will Be President of the United States is not something any intelligent Negro wants on their resume, especially if you’re Tavis Smiley.

    He keeps this up, he’ll make Bob Johnson firing him look like a smart move on Bob’s part, and we all know that wasn’t the case.

    Sorry for the long post, but, dayum, a sista got to thinkin’ and all..😉

  29. Andrea

    Speaking of…I wrote a very, very long post. But before I clip and paste it here, I wanted to comment on your last comment Politcal Junkie.

    I wanted to vend at Eddie Long’s church during some young people’s convention and they wanted…READY???

    $500

    Tavis’ event asked for $500 too for his State of the Black Union.

    Now at Union Temple in DC, they asked for $30. That’s it! And you could stay for both services.

    What’s wrong with Tavis and Eddie Long?

    Black People who are doing small business give Tavis and Eddie Long all the money they made back to them. They are thieves in the temple.

  30. Andrea

    My second comment…

    Tavis thought…thinks…thought…he was THE ONE. He has been gassed up as THE ONE and he is Scar…Remember “The Lion King”?

    I think that this is the issue O’Malley faces too but on a different level. People have been trying to prep O’Malley to be in Obama spot following Hillary. When I was teaching in B’more back in the 90’s I heard he was going to one day run for president. The school was in his neighborhood. But for the past few years since the 2004 Democratic Convention I noticed how they were prepping O’Malley when Obama came out of nowhere.

    So you also had Harold Ford who was supposed to be the NEXT. No one ever said he would be the next president. People would just try to test where they could put him as some wunderkind. Then Obama showed up and messed that up.

    Tavis was not going to run for POTUS but he was supposed to take over as the President of Black America in his mind and the mind of others that would benefit for all things like that to fall in line. He was positioning himself by using his media leverage but he is not a leader. He is a marketeer, like you said. He is less than marginal exhibitionist that rather supplies an ignorant audience with low expectations in stroking them as virtuous fellow victims so he can assume the role of nurturer and fighter for them. It’s a con to keep the people lazy and docile…passive aggressive resulting in terminal passitivity.

    Obama messes up everything for Tavis in that he may offset the power brokerage of the women he protects and provides for that supports Hillary. Obama was not supposed to be this good at winning. This hopefulness was not supposed to over-ride the cynicism and fear that gave the Black Establishment their voice to chant and footsteps to parade that they were doing all they could do to protect us.

    Tavis makes his career out of Black People’s cynicism, ignorance, and fear. What Obama is trying to do in shift the paradigms messes up the plans the Black Establishment had in wanting to hide behind Hillary.

    Most people don’t see alterior motives in people’s profiles. I see it though.

  31. Denise

    thanks for the V-Day shout, Rick! I hope yours was special, too🙂

    I’m glad Tavis appears to be backing away from this. The very idea of SOBU attendance as some sort of litmus test of black authenticity is overreaching and ridiculous.

    But make no mistake, Tavis does not have to support the Obama campaign, and I hope he continues to challenge his listeners to evaluate ALL of the candidates on the basis of policies and issues that matter to them, without respect to how everyone else is leaning.

    After all, the notion that all black people HAVE TO support Mr. Obama’s candidacy is also overreaching and ridiculous.

  32. Jemille from CA

    I love it how black folks havecome to see through Billary. They are a some team, Billary; a political stunt show with their jazz playing, intern diddling wonders, but they also rammed down our throats: NAFTA (bye bye to a million good industrial jobs, and counting) 3 Strikes (skyrocketing numbers of non-violent brothers into the prison industrial complex) and welfare RE form(Black kids out on the streets learning to hustle or being hustled due to total absence of child care..takes a Village, right) Playing cozy to blacks while systematically
    selling us out to their big corporate backers, selling all working folks out to their corporate puppet masters…they were masterful. But not any more. Hallelujah!

  33. Andrea:

    I fully co-sign with your insightful analysis regarding Brotha Tavis. Obama messed it up for him, Harold Ford (especially Harold Ford) and any other brotha used to pimping our people while keeping them down and out; yet dangling “the Promised Land” before us like a carrot on a stick.

    While I agree with his admonishment to hold Black elected officials accountable, why hasn’t he propped what people like CBC Monitor has been doing since 2005:

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=522&Itemid=1

    Cause he can’t get paid from it, that’s why. That’s also foul beyond foulness.

    Which brings me to your point, Denise, and it’s a good one. If you’re trying to help small Black-owned businesses, why can’t they come to your event, get a stall for free and give you a donation to use the space. Why do they have to give you $500 up front before you will allow them space to sell their goods or services and promote your event?

    We need to wise up so we can rise up as a people. When we keep giving the platform to individuals like Harold Ford, Tavis Smiley, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond and others, without demanding they be held accountable to US and give that accounting to US, we deserve the representation we get. PERIOD.

    Enough with celebrating Black Faces in High Places, and so help me God, if Obama gets POTUS and falls into the Jesse Jackson extortionist role, I will commence to pimp-slapping and campaigning for whomever challenges him.

    He’s going to be held to high standards of accountability and if he doesn’t want that, concede this race to the Borg Queen and shut up.

  34. Looks like Tavis taking that beating this week. And he knows anything he says to spin it on C-Span in two weeks will be just that: PURE SPIN.

    And the crowd at Roland’s place started off with Major league swings.

  35. Obama messes up everything for Tavis in that he may offset the power brokerage of the women he protects and provides for that supports Hillary. Obama was not supposed to be this good at winning. This hopefulness was not supposed to over-ride the cynicism and fear that gave the Black Establishment their voice to chant and footsteps to parade that they were doing all they could do to protect us.

    Tavis makes his career out of Black People’s cynicism, ignorance, and fear. What Obama is trying to do in shift the paradigms messes up the plans the Black Establishment had in wanting to hide behind Hillary.

    Andrea,

    Once again, a wonderful post. Thanks so much. So much truth in it, and it’s made very plain.

    I wonder if anyone’s been over to Roland Martin’s blog and seen the emails between him and Mary Frances Berry. Do you know she had the nerve to actually put in the email that Julian Bond has ‘ paid his dues’, and didn’t Roland respect that?

    I was like, PULEEZE.

    Uncle Tom behavior deserves the required response. They were wrong, foul, and suspect, and folks are calling them out and now they want to scramble and make excuses.

    TPJ,

    I told you..folks lit his mess UP, telling him to BTFU. They weren’t having it.

  36. Chesapeake

    TPJ, great comments on accountability. In addition to holding our leaders accountable, we should also assess whether our prospective and purported leaders embrace being held accountable.

    Recall the running debate between W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington. It was, and still is (or can be), beneficial to our people.

    What’s going on now in this election cycle is very intriguing. As an illustration, Smiley and Obama are not at the same level as W.E.B. and Booker T., who were both practitioners AND thinkers. However, there is potential value in their current contention (if you can call it that).

    To the extent that those who challenge Obama from within are accountable (and relish accountability) and not selfish, maybe our people are moving deeper into critical and constructive problem solving. If so, then let’s choose sides and solve the problems.

    To the extent that the challenger is motivated by self-promotion, then surely we have to defend Obama (the presumption being that Obama is happily accountable). We may want to reel the self-promoter into ego check and acountability or, if he’s reticent, do our best to shut the challenger down!

    In this illustration, Smiley seems to be a bit of a self-promoter. There is, though, some good coming from his work. Maybe we should check him. If so, how?

  37. Angie

    I can always depend on this crowd to offer wonderfully insightful commentary. Y’all have always done a good job at schooling me on the game. Plus, you keep a sistah well informed. Thanks!!!

    And Rick, thanks for that sweet Valentine’s Day shout out. I got it a day late. But it had the same impact on a sistah as if I had gotten it yesterday. Have a good one.

    A

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