The blame game has begun and it is not pretty. When Fox News starts trashing Republicans you have to agree that it is credible concerning the fact that they make their living off of trashing Democrats. When any campaign crashes and burns the finger pointing starts immediately. I am thankful that this woman did not become the vice president.
What a run it has been. The elections are finally over for the most part. I, for one, am glad that it is over. In my opinion, this election brought out the best and worst of us, myself included. Congratulations to President-elect Obama! And in John McCain’s gracious concession speech he has redeemed himself in my opinion. Maybe in defeat McCain found himself again and I suspect that he is quite ashamed of listening to his campaign staff for running such a negative campaign.
Never in the history of politics or I should say in my lifetime have I seen such a hateful campaign. And I am not talking about the one run by McCain, but by the fearful and ignorant bloggers who inundated all forms of media with lies and slander directed at Obama. I know that people take their politics seriously but I don’t think that at any Obama rally did I hear the members of the audience call for John McCain to be killed. Obama showed class when he encouraged people at his rallies not to boo but to vote. Conversely, McCain and to a greater extent, Palin encouraged it.
With revelations coming out today that Sarah Palin did not know what countries are involved in NAFTA and that Africa was a country instead of a continent made up of many countries, it is no wonder why American’s saw through this obviously shallow and ignorant woman. I guess the standards of being Governor in Alaska are pretty low limited to hunting and killing defenseless animals. I hope that if she reemerges on the scene in 2012. And at the very least, be able to afford her own clothes. The reports of Alaska hillbillies gone wild at Niemen Marcus certainly don’t add to her resume. John McCain vetted her as thoroughly as a john would looking for a hooker in the red light district.
Obama slew the GOP by running a flawless campaign and I sincerely hope that he will be able to govern effectively. Obama must govern from the center and not to the left of center to be effective. He must reach out across the aisle and bring those on the other side slowly and carefully. However, given the depth of his victory he can govern how he wants to. But he should also remember the first two years of the Clinton years and avoid repeating those same mistakes.
When is an editorial board a coward? When it is the editorial board of the Tallahassee Democrat; that’s when. They had plenty to say about all of the local races and the ballot initiatives but didn’t go out on a limb and endorse either presidential candidate. If I missed something, somebody please tell me. So in today’s edition of our rag sheet, Executive Editor Bob Gabordi is now proclaiming that Obama has earned the support of everyone. His support is predicated upon the fact that President-elect Obama won in a convincing matter. Convincing matter my ass! Mr. Obama has a mandate based on the popular and electoral votes.
Meanwhile, Associate Editor Meredith Clark writes that we now have a symbol of what we can achieve. I say bullshit. There have been and still are symbols that young people can look up too as to what we can achieve. I agree with Tavis Smiley when he said “You cannot extrapolate the success of Barack Obama and project it on the rest of black America,” especially when systemic racism is alive and well.
Barrack Obama is truly an example of where preparation and exceptional ability coupled with a little luck met opportunity and elevated him to the highest office in the land. Like Mr. Gabordi, I wish him well. Like Ms. Cark, he is but one example of what we can achieve. Locally, why don’t we get our young people to stay in school, reduce the infant mortality rate, and reduce the number of young black men who occupy the Leon County jail? These after the fact platitudes are okay and well meaning.
But the Democrat should have shown the courage to make a choice one way or another before the election. If the Democrat gets into the endorsing business then they should have run the gambit from county dog catcher to the president of the United States. This is just another example of the Democrat straddling the fence and then jumping on the bandwagon after the fact. Cowards!
Can you believe this asshole? He should be fired immeditately!
Full story and transcript here: http://mediamatters.org/items/200810310019?f=s_search
“I think we have just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” – Lyndon B. Johnson to aide Bill Moyers upon signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
When we think and talk about great presidents we often refer to Lincoln, FDR, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. But today as we vote for our nation’s next president, my thoughts turn to Lyndon Baines Johnson or LBJ and how prophetic he was. He did indeed deliver the South to the Republicans. And it has been a long time. Too long, if you ask me.
This may be the election that Democrats start to reclaim the South. Pollster.com has Virginia leaning Democratic. It also list North Carolina and Georgia as toss up states. Mississippi has gone from safe Republican to leaning Republican. WTF? I thought it was illegal to be a Democrat in Mississippi. It won’t happen in this election cycle but with the influx of Hispanics, Texas could be the next to go blue.
But I want to celebrate the memory of LBJ today. He was a courageous man who didn’t do what was popular but did what was right! By signing the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965 he enfranchised millions of southern blacks and ended the discriminatory practices such as the poll tax and literacy requirements.
I think that if he were alive today that he would take great comfort in seeing people of all persuasions voting in record numbers. If not for his failures in Vietnam, he would and should be included in that list of great presidents. Bill Clinton may be the first honorary black president. Chances are Barack Obama will be the first real black president. But no president in recent history has done more for the advancement of blacks in America than LBJ. As I watch millions of blacks exercise their right to vote and participate in the political process, I have three words for you Mr. President. Thank you sir!