Is Vice President Ford Billary’s out

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Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King raised the specter of a Harold Ford, Jr Vice Presidency yesterday.

I blew chunks and messed up some good shoes.

I have feared this for some time and my nightmare scenario is confirmed by a serious black columnist speculating openly about this possibility.

Upon further reflection, however, there is a certain logic to his elevation to the meaninglessness of the Vice Presidency in Billary’s triumvirate of neo-liberal tyranny because his career demonstrates the willingness to be nothing more than an empty vessel and high-yellow corporate whore willing to prostitute himself for the white power structure.

How else can one explain his slavish support for the Iraq War and the elimination of the Estate Tax for huge estates in excess of $10 million dollars while representing the urban poverty and decay of black Memphis in the U.S. House of Representatives. It gives new meaning to the plantation epithet of House Nigra.

Now a Vice President for Merrill Lynch, the Whore represents an investment banking firm and corporate parasite responsible for Enron and ImClone, two companies whose implosions were the result of the de-regulation of the financial services industry advocated by Merrill Lynch.

It should come as no surprise that Merrill Lynch has been a generous contributor to Senator Clinton’s presidential campaign. Her twelfth largest contributor, its employees and executives have given a munificent $165,000 to Billary’s royal restoration bid and the securities and investment industry has given her more than $5.8 million. To ensure compliance with their nefarious neo-liberal economic agenda, they’ve also broken off $5.3 million to Barack Obama.

Merrill Lynch has invested a pretty penny in the Fox News Democrat and they intend to recoup their investment. Perhaps they can surreptitiously suggest that Billary make Harold Vice President if she wins the nomination to guarantee the furtherance of their dictates on financial policy and deflect the racial animus of blackfolks sure to be generated by her defeat of Obama.

Super Tuesday Results: Obama Wins 13 states

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., and ...

A triumph of breathtaking scope in more than 13 states from Alaska to Connecticut, Barack Obama proved his bi-coastal and cross racial appeal in a manner that should silence his critics for all eternity. In all, according to my rough calculations and figures from CNN, more than 6,533,048 voters cast ballots for Barack Obama yesterday shattering all previous records for a Democratic Presidential candidate and forever shattering Hillary Clinton’s inevitability. This is a horse race and I’m gonna thoroughly enjoy it until its over.

 

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Alabama

Updated 2:08 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

300,097
56%
17
99%
reporting
 
222,887
42%
17
 
7,865
1%
0
 
Uncommitted
2,672
1%
0

 

 

Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
Alaska

Updated 1:49 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

302
75%
9
98%
reporting
 
103
25%
4
 
Uncommitted
1
0%
0
 
0
0%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Arizona

Updated 3:01 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

189,383
51%
16
90%
reporting
 
156,611
42%
13
 
20,175
5%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Arkansas

Updated 10 minutes ago

190,743
69%
23
89%
reporting
 
74,658
27%
6
 
5,076
2%
0
 
Uncommitted
2,972
1%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
California

Updated 1 minute ago

1,491,109
53%
0
66%
reporting
 
1,131,160
40%
0
 
152,231
5%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
Colorado

Updated 2:38 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

79,344
67%
13
99%
reporting
 
38,587
32%
6
 
Uncommitted
1,253
1%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Connecticut

Updated 45 minutes ago

178,574
51%
25
99%
reporting
 
164,334
47%
22
 
3,384
1%
0
 
Uncommitted
2,996
1%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Delaware

Updated 10:09 p.m. EST, Feb 5, 2008

51,124
53%
9
100%
reporting
 
40,751
43%
6
 
2,863
3%
0
 
1,241
1%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Georgia

Updated 13 minutes ago

696,622
67%
27
99%
reporting
 
326,354
31%
18
 
17,897
2%
0

 

Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
Idaho

Updated 1:46 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

16,880
79%
15
100%
reporting
 
3,655
17%
3
 
Uncommitted
552
3%
0
 
137
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Illinois

Updated 2:47 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

1,256,543
65%
62
97%
reporting
 
643,352
33%
31
 
37,835
2%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
Kansas

Updated 1:15 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

27,172
74%
23
100%
reporting
 
9,462
26%
9
 
53
0%
0
 
Uncommitted
8
0%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Massachusetts

Updated 3:02 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

682,281
56%
52
97%
reporting
 
497,372
41%
36
 
19,134
2%
0
 
No Preference
7,374
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
Minnesota

Updated 1 minute ago

135,160
67%
25
81%
reporting
 
64,558
32%
12
 
Uncommitted
1,227
1%
0
 
929
0%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Missouri

Updated 52 minutes ago

405,284
49%
28
100%
reporting
 
395,287
48%
28
 
16,747
2%
0
 
Uncommitted
3,135
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
New Jersey

Updated 1:55 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

599,620
54%
51
99%
reporting
 
489,808
44%
37
 
14,396
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
New Mexico

Updated 3:08 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

34,440
49%
0
54%
reporting
 
33,127
47%
0
 
1,472
2%
0
 
765
1%
0
 
Uncommitted
272
0%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
New York

Updated 3 minutes ago

1,001,835
57%
127
99%
reporting
 
696,876
40%
87
 
19,416
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
State Del.*
%
Del*
Precincts
North Dakota

Updated 11:04 p.m. EST, Feb 5, 2008

11,625
61%
8
100%
reporting
 
6,948
37%
5
 
283
2%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Oklahoma

Updated 12:28 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

228,597
55%
24
100%
reporting
 
130,206
31%
14
 
42,853
10%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Tennessee

Updated 2:56 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

331,781
54%
34
100%
reporting
 
250,341
41%
21
 
27,558
4%
0
 
Uncommitted
3,111
1%
0
Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Utah

Updated 2:56 a.m. EST, Feb 6, 2008

70,373
57%
14
99%
reporting
 
48,719
39%
9
 
3,525
3%
0

Obama closes in on Hillary in polls

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Hat Tip:  Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire
Alabama

Arizona

California

Delaware

Georgia

Illinois

Missouri

New Jersey

New York

Oklahoma

In no poll that I have read the crosstabs of, save New York, has Obama failed to get 70% of African American respondents. It is very interesting to read the fine print. From what I can tell today, this race will go all the way to the convention. Overall, Obama’s reach across the country is breathtaking. Two months ago, most blackfolks didn’t think this was possible. One month ago, his polls were nowhere close to where he is today. The Clinton racial polarization strategy has backfired royally.

Y’all got any predictions for tomorrow?

Obama-Clinton CNN Showdown Tonight

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Obama and Clinton

Tonight’s debate is sure to mimic with its intensity and fervor the series of civil wars called the Wars of the Roses fought in the fifteenth century over the British Throne between the Houses of York and Lancaster.   The throne of Imperialist power, the Presidency of the United States, is tonight’s ultimate prize.    

The War of the Roses, named for a scene in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 1, where the Houses chose sides by picking a rose, was a bitter, protracted, and scorching war. Tonight’s debate promises to be the same.   The battle lines have been rigidly drawn between the Houses of Obama and Clinton.   The Congressional Black Caucus, according to The Hill, a Washington Newspaper, is evenly divided between the House of Clinton and the House of Obama with 17 members each.  Tempers are flaring and lines have been drawn in the sand.  

The last such nomination battle between President Carter and Teddy Kennedy was equally divisive and created the same fissures in the unanimity of the Congressional Black Caucus.   Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Mel Watt, both former Chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus, have lost their champion, former Senator John Edwards.   The competition to land their endorsements is fierce and all eyes are on them to observe which side they ultimately choose, if they choose at all.      

Tonight’s debate is sure to be a Shakespearean kabuki dance with each side loaded and ready for bear.  Shakespeare’s classic dialog says it best and I can easily envision tonight’s combatant’s reciting the lines:“Then Come, O’ God’s name; I fear no woman.”   “And while I live, I’ll ne’er fly from a man.”

Breaking News: Edwards Drops Out

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Hat Tip: Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, photo by alexdecarvalho of fickr.

DENVER – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two aides. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement. Both candidates would welcome Edwards’ backing and the support of the 56 delegates he had collected.

Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the stunning blow of his wife’s recurring cancer diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March, the couple announced that the breast cancer that she thought she had beaten had returned, but they would continue the campaign.

Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and emotional survivors cheering her on.

Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending with his wife and three children at his side. Then he planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians’ Village, the adviser said.

With that, Edwards’ campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago — with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn’t hear the cries of the downtrodden.

John and Elizabeth Edwards are tenacious advocates for whomever they fight for and they brought a touch of class and compassion to this race. I wish them and their family well.