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Ever since the middle of last week, the press has been abuzz about Sen. Hillary Clinton securing the position of Secretary of State. As far as I know, President-elect Barack Obama has not formally offered it to her. Obama neither confirmed not denied the offer on 60 minutes last night. James Carville, friend and political advisor to the Clintons said, “There’s a lot of momentum in the direction of this happening.” Personally, I’m not all that enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. On the other hand, I trust Barack Obama’s judgment. I thought that Gov. Bill Richardson would be an excellent candidate for Secretary of State.

Bush administration officials are trying to lay the groundwork for the United States to stay in Iraq almost forever. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that it would take us over two years to get out of Iraq if we start now. The Iraqi cabinet has approved a tentative security agreement that has American forces out of there within two years. As with everything in Iraq, this simple agreement is more complex than it seems. Look for Sunni opposition to this agreement which has widespread Shiite support.

Conservatives, for the most part, were happy to jump on the bandwagon to bail out Wall Street but there is a real conservative oppositions to bailing out Detroit. Conservatives always try to find a bogeyman like ACORN or William Ayres. This time the bogeyman is going to be the United Auto Workers Union. It is the fault of the unions that Detroit has failed. Any thoughtful discussion of Detroit has to start with their product.

There’s more to talk about. Hopefully I’ll have some time later.

By |2008-11-17T23:17:24-04:00November 17th, 2008|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on What's going on – News RoundUp

Clinton on Bosnia

I’m kind of surprised that George Stephanopoulos was allowed to moderate this debate. He clearly someone  has strong feelings about the Clintons, especially since he was former President Bill Clinton’s political adviser prior to the  1992 election. At the time, he was Clinton’s first Communications Director. In spite of this, he was at the debate.

Stephanopoulos played a video of a Pennsylvania citizen who asked Senator Hillary Clinton why she said those things about Bosnia. He then informed Senator Clinton that she lost his vote. This is important. I haven’t heard anyone– outside of bloggers– state that Senator Clinton crossed the line. Her answer was incomplete in my book. She basically said that she was sorry. Sorry? If you lie you need to own up to it.

Of course, owning up to a lie in a presidential race would be political suicide.

By |2008-04-16T21:46:02-04:00April 16th, 2008|Election 2008|2 Comments

Booman: Clintons Have Crossed the Line

(I have been very frustrated the last couple of days. The blog has been screwing up).

The politics of ‘separate-and-divide’ are being used by the Clintons. It started with the three a.m. commercial and it has just continued. Not only do they feel the need to tear down Barack Obama but they also need to elevate themselves.

Instead, of telling the truth about what she has accomplished, we have that Lying Man from Saturday Night Live (I know I’m dating myself): “And I was … dodging sniper fire. Yeah, that’s it. Sniper fire. And everyone had to sit on their bulletproof vests. Yeah, that’s right. And I solved the Northern Ireland conflict while I was brushing my teeth. Yeah, that’s right. That’s the ticket.”

Booman from the Booman Tribute has a great post on the anger that many of us progressives feel against Clinton and the rest of the her gang.

From Booman (bold added for emphasis):

Hillary Clinton has gone too far. In a conversation with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Clinton presumed to tell Barack Obama where he should worship his God. She suggested that Reverend Wright is guilty of ‘hate speech’ and compared him to Don Imus.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor made. “He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.” …”You know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insensitive remarks), saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that,” Clinton said. “I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving.”

Hillary Clinton has a lot of gall to question her opponent’s choice of church considering her own kooky associations. And I think it would be equally repulsive if Barack Obama chose to make an issue of her decision to worship with Sam Brownback and Rick ‘Man on Dog’ Santorum. Obama certainly could question her faith and what her faith suggests about her political commitments. As Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet reported in Mother Jones last fall…

Clinton’s prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or “the Family”), a network of sex-segregated cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated to “spiritual war” on behalf of Christ, many of them recruited at the Fellowship’s only public event, the annual National Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has “made a fetish of being invisible,” former Republican Senator William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan.

The Fellowship leader is Doug Coe, who Clinton has described as “a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God.”

Coe’s friends include former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Reaganite Edwin Meese III, and ultraconservative Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). Under Coe’s guidance, Meese has hosted weekly prayer breakfasts for politicians, businesspeople, and diplomats, and Pitts rose from obscurity to head the House Values Action Team, an off-the-record network of religious right groups and members of Congress created by Tom DeLay. The corresponding Senate Values Action Team is guided by another Coe protégé, Brownback, who also claims to have recruited King Abdullah of Jordan into a regular study of Jesus’ teachings.

But Barack Obama has not made Clinton’s kooky right-wing church into an issue on the campaign trail because he understands that a person’s faith is an intensely personal and (hopefully) non-political affair.

Clinton’s decision to question Obama’s choice of church is a bigger problem than her personal tastelessness. Her decision is an arrow aimed directly at the heart of the black community. It is one of the worst acts of public betrayal I have ever seen committed by a Democratic politician in my lifetime, and the most shortsighted and toxic decision I can recall.

White Americans may be surprised by their introduction to the style of black sermonizing in the figure of Rev. Wright, but the black community sees nothing particularly out of place in his rhetoric. This may or may not be a political vulnerability in the general election, but a far greater vulnerability is opened up by telling the black church-going community that Rev. Wright is the equivalent of Don Imus and his ‘nappy-headed hos’. The suggestion that Rev. Wright was engaged in ‘hate speech’ of a kind so loathsome as to require leaving his church is deeply offensive. The black community is feeling besieged by the national spotlight on Rev. Wright and the ensuing white backlash. They are looking around for allies, and find Hillary Clinton piling on and throwing them under the bus.

Clinton is not only presumptuous, she is vicious and divisive and hurtful. She should be defending Barack Obama against unfair attacks, and defending and contextualizing the tradition of black sermonizing. In his speech, Barack Obama sought to educate and bring reconciliation. Clinton’s response is to throw it all back in his face and suggest that there is something wrong with him for attending his church.

If Clinton succeeds in pushing this racial polarization to the point that white people will not vote for Obama, the black community will never, ever, forgive her. This is especially true because she can only win on the backs of the superdelegates.

At this point it is absolutely imperative that the party leaders step in and stop the Clinton campaign from inflicting lasting damage to the relationship between the party and the African-American community. She cannot be allowed to even try to win the nomination this way, let alone actually win it.

This is poison of the worst possible kind. It will destroy the party’s electoral viability more swiftly and more surely than anything I can think of.

I call on Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Dean, and the other leaders of the party top step in right now and call this contest.

The Clintons absolutely must not be permitted to do this. It must be stopped.

By |2008-03-26T14:40:06-04:00March 26th, 2008|Election 2008, Religion|2 Comments
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