Lieberman pissed off over blackface but not about war in Iraq

August 4, 2006

The Washington Post reports Senator Joseph Lieberman is a little sh** faced over a blackface. A doctored photo of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) in blackface that was posted by a blogger who has been an influential promoter of challenger Ned Lamont.

The post reports Lieberman angrily demanded that Lamont denounce the action and sever all ties with Jane Hamsher, the founder of the Web log Firedoglake, who posted the photo on another blog, HuffingtonPost.com.

African-American Political Pundit says: “I only wish the Senator could get as angry about the the war in Iraq (which he supports) and slaughter of Lebanese civilians. Its about time the Senator denounce both wars”.

As you can tell, I’m not a supporter of Lieberman, I really think he is a “snake in the grass”. But, in this situation blackface was not appropriate. It brings up old race issues. like, is Lieberman angrily demanding that Lamont denounce the action because he (Lieberman) would never want to have a black face (ouch)! Or is he (Lieberman) loving this because he (Lieberman) a white guy, can use the RACE CARD (double ouch)!

Blogsphere:Bloggers are generally saying the picture could be racist in nature. It’s too bad they can’t be united against war.

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Patrick Riding High in Massachusetts

August 4, 2006

Source: Groff/Ellison Political Report

As the campaign season jumped this year in earnest, many political observers said Harold Ford, Jr., Kenneth Blackwell and Lynn Swann were the big names to watch.

Very few people mentioned Deval Patrick. The former US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton administration was seen as a long shot in his ambitious bid for Governor of Massachusetts.

Running against the current state Attorney General and a big money venture capitalist, Mr. Patrick was an unmistakable under-dog at the time, with heightening odds stacked against him.

But as the campaign stumped through the streets, neighborhoods and towns of the Bay State, something unusual happened. Patrick’s community and opportunity themes resonated heavily with Massachusetts Democrats. and his poll numbers began to rise. By June, signs of Patrick as a serious contender began to surface, with Patrick looking more credible … and much more gubernatorial. He wowed the faithful at his state party’s convention with a speech on “Politics and Hope.”

Riding the wave of what the Boston Globe called the ” … day’s most enthusiastic response” Mr. Patrick secured the top line on the September 19th primary ballot by winning 58% of the vote.

Besides winning the coveted top line at the convention, Mr. Patrick leads most primary polls and mock match-ups with presumptive Republican nominee Lt. Governor Kerry Healey.

In fact, recent polls show Patrick leading Attorney General Thomas Reilly by an average of 9 points, and businessman Chris Gabrieli by over 12 points. In a fall showdown with the Lt. Governor, Patrick leads by an average of 14 points in the last three polls. That 14 point advantage is a tremendous boost to the Patrick campaign, averaging higher than either AG Reilly or Gabrieli leads in potential match ups with Healey. It may also galvanize anti-Republican sentiment in that state.

If the polls prove correct, the big name on November 8th may very well be that of Deval Patrick .


“The Year Of The Black Republican”

July 27, 2006

Source:http: Oliver Willis.com

If you listened to the Republicans and the MSM you’d think every year was the “Year of the Black Republican”, because according to them someday sometime soon the party of Willie Horton is going to have somebody (anybody) to parade around in elected office besides J.C. Watts.

Of course, dovetailing with the Republican attempts to invalidate or deny the votes of black Americans, the GOP couldn’t get the black vote if they were handing out free money. Black Americans are simply not going to reward the party of Katrina, sluggish employment growth, and Trent “I Wish The Segregationists Had Won” Lott with their votes.

That’s why you have the spectacle of Maryland’s Michael Steele shucking and jiving because while he likes the dollah dollah bills the GOP blesses him with, he knows that he’s dead in the water if anyone puts two and two together about his Republicanism. Hence the attempt at a (sloppy) extreme makeover.

In Ohio, Ken Blackwell – the handpicked candidate of the religious right crazies – is down 20 points to Ted Strickland.

If this trend keeps up, I’m asking the GOP for another “Year of the Black Republican” two years from now. We Democrats would really appreciate it.


Michael Steele’s bogus victimology

July 27, 2006

Source: Skeptical brotha 

Michael Steele, Maryland’s Lt. Governor and favorite GOP black Trojan horse, is now claiming victim-hood because of his status as a Republican Senate candidate with $2 million in the bank in a bad GOP year. Only in the alternate universe that is the GOP Opportunity Society can anyone assisted by the sitting President of the United States and his minions Rove, Cheney, and Card in raising campaign cash from wealthy white folks be considered a victim. Bush was unpopular when he decided to run for the Senate. Bush was unpopular when he set up the fundraisers.  Bush is still unpopular all these months later. It hasn’t deterred him on his quest to be a Bush enabler in the U.S. Senate.

Aided in his quest to become a GOP Trojan horse are the upper echelons of the Democratic Party that organized themselves into a fund-raising juggernaut for Congressman Ben Cardin which effectively squeezed out the first candidate to enter the race to succeed Senator Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume.  Black voters noticed that nobody prominent was helping Kweisi and they began to take a second look at Steele, a negro double agent if there ever was one.

On the one hand, there are the warm-and-fuzzy-feel-good issues of school choice and the faux examination the equity of capital punishment in Maryland. On the other, are the massive social service and education budget cuts the Ehrlich-Steele Administration imposes on the most vulnerable people.

A disproportionate share of these people are people of color. Those feel good public relations initiatives make it easy for Steele to look engaged in Policy while he actually uses his office to campaign for another and Governor Ehrlich uses his power to govern Maryland for the benefit of their mutual malevolent corporate benefactors.

The Ehrlich-Steele Administration has made draconion cuts to Medicaid in the last three fiscal years. According to the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, ”In FY 2004 and FY 2005 more than $250 million was cut from the Medicaid program. These cuts include:  Reducing payments to health care providers. Restrictions on length of stay in hospitals. Cuts in drug assistance programs for the elderly and non-Medicaid groups. Greater cost sharing for enrollees (i.e.,increased premiums and co-payments). Tighter controls on disease management Switching long term care support and services from fee-based to managed care. The cumulative effect of these cuts and this year’s $ 112 million dollar Medicaid cut is to reduce the access to medical care for the most economically insecure Marylanders.

The Ehrlich-Steele Administration also reduces funds availble for Higher Education and k-12 education in direct contravention to recent Maryland law.  The resentment over the treatment of Mfume and the lack of an African American running mate for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has created an opening to black voters for the GOP to exploit.  44% of African Americans polled recently are open to an appeal by Steele for their vote. Sadly, middle class blacks are largely delusional on this score because all Steele can offer are opportunites to press the flesh and phony feel good campaign events that don’t have a damn thing to do with policy.  Steele has made substantial inroads into middle class black Maryland by pretending to care and pay attention to their inconseqential need for attention while the majority of black Marylanders suffer economically under the massive social service cuts imposed by Steele’s partner in crime.

It remains to be seen if this strategy will bear fruit in the end.  All I know is it ain’t hurting Steele in the least to try and seduce the black community into cutting its own throat by voting for him. 


Darryl Hicks Sets Sights On Secretary Of State Position

July 24, 2006

Atlanta, GA. With a list of issues at hand and big shoes to fill, Democratic hopeful Darryl Hicks says he is ready to become Georgia’s first African American Secretary of State.With current post holder Cathy Cox tossing her hat into the Governor’s race, the Secretary of State Job is one many have their eyes on. Ten candidates are listed on the upcoming ballot for the statewide race, most of which are newcomers to public office.
Hicks however, says he is the most qualified candidate Georgian’s should look to for the service they deserve. “I am a hands-on, experienced candidate ready to use my talents,” he said. “Direct public service is critical to the average Georgian, and will be my focus once elected Secretary of State.” Born in Atlanta, Hicks is the fourth of seven children raised in Reynolds, Ga., on his grandfather’s farm. It was there, he learned early the benefits of strong virtues, good work ethics, determination and the value of facing and conquering life challenges.A graduate of Morris Brown College, Hicks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and later an MBA in Executive Management from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. With 20 years of applicable experience in corporate America, Hicks said he fully understands the administrative role and responsibility the Secretary of State’s office has in implementing the laws put forth by the general assembly.


African-American Leaders split on Lieberman

July 24, 2006

African-American Political Pundit says: Well it appears a number Congressional Black Caucus members are split regarding Senator Lieberman. Two prominent members, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Maxine Waters, are split over Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and his primary with Ned Lamont. As reported in the courant newspaper its a divide that highlights the question of how the black vote might sway the outcome of this election. We will see how it plays out in the polls. You know my opinion on the matter. I’m in agreement with Congresswoman Maxine Waters.


Honeycutt Hopes To Make History In November

July 24, 2006

Georgia’s 13th congressional district could make history if it elects Dr. Deborah Travis Honeycutt, M.D. as the first Black Republican woman in Congress. The 13th District includes Clayton, Henry, Fayette, DeKalb, South Fulton, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton, Walton, Spalding, Butts, Cobb and Douglas counties. Travis Honeycutt, a family medicine physician originally from Chicago, said she hopes to bring about positive changes for the district from her seat in Washington, D.C. She has lived in Georgia’s 13th District for about 12 years.  More>>>