Sunday, October 19, 2008

But It's Not About Race?

What would happen if Sen. John McCain announced that he wanted to see his Senate seat filled by an old white guy? Would that fly?

Doubtful. Heck, it would be seen as racist.

So, why is no one questioning why Sen. Barack Obama can get away saying that he wants to see his seat filled by an African American? Is that not racist too?
Sneed hears Barack Obama wants an African American to fill his U.S. Senate seat if he wins the presidency.

• • The upshot: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants the spot.

• • Hmmmm. That places Gov. Blagojevich, who is charged with selecting Obama's replacement, in a tricky place.

• • To wit: Sneed hears Gov. Blago, who dismisses reports of a federal probe, wants to run for office again -- and believes replacing Barack with an African American is a smart political move. But he is being urged to select state Sen. Donne Trotter, a close friend of Obama mentor/Senate President Emil Jones, to fill the spot.

• • Another dilemma: Sneed is also told U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who is this/close to Obama and was a major Obama supporter from the get-go, is pitching to have state veteran affairs chief Tammy Duckworth fill Obama's spot, and had the ear of Gov. Blago until recently. Blago is also a big Duckworth fan.
For someone who is supposedly the post racial candidate, he's pushing race into every aspect of his campaign (including saying both directly and indirectly through his supporters that McCain is racist in attacking Obama's substantive policies and utterances).

Next, you get former Secretary of State Colin Powell announcing that he's supporting Sen. Obama. He's endorsed him.

How exactly does that work? Powell, who was President Bush's secretary of state, also happens to be an African American and thinks that an Obama presidency would be electrifying.

On what does Powell base his endorsement? Is it the substantive policy? Is it the experience? What exactly has Powell latched on to? Powell has said that he doesn't think that another one or two GOP choices for the Supreme Court would be a good thing.

You mean like former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? Or current members John Paul Stevens or Anthony Kennedy? Or, is he wary of justices like Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts or Sam Alito? You just don't know.

Powell goes on to opine that Obama would be a transformational figure. He already is; it just doesn't mean that he's got the character or judgment to be President. Obama is sorely lacking on the judgment and his complete and utter lack of experience is absolutely frightening.

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