The [Tuesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
Mary Mitchell now: "Reid is under attack for saying privately in 2008 that then-Sen. Barack Obama would be a successful black presidential candidate because of his 'light-skinned' appearance and because he doesn't speak with a 'Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.' Frankly, a lot of African Americans must have yawned."
Mary Mitchell then: "Geraldine Ferraro still doesn't get it. On Wednesday, Ferraro was forced to resign from Sen. Hillary Clinton's finance committee after remarks she made about Sen. Barack Obama were widely interpreted as being racist. Here's what Ferraro said:
"'If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman [of any color] he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.'"
Mitchell is right when she says that talking about race is not the same as racist talk. It's just too bad she and her fellow Obamaphiles conveniently forgot that during the 2008 primaries. Crocodile tears are being cried on both sides of the political aisle.
Speaking of James Clyburn . . .
Then: "Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, told The New York Times on Friday that he may end his neutrality in his state's January 26 primary because of recent remarks by the Clintons, including the 'fairy tale' comment."
Now: "What's the big fuss about the word 'Negro'?"
President Obama considers the matter closed. Now is not the time for a national conversation on race.
Rod Blagojevich says he is blacker than Obama. Stupid, yes, but maybe we should talk about what he meant by that. It cuts both ways.
And - stupid, yes - but not acceptable while it was acceptable to call Bill Clinton the first black president? Let's explore our feelings on that.
And when Obama was asked if Clinton was the first black president and responded that he'd have to see him dance first to see if that was true - should we talk about that?
Big Mac's Big Lie
"Call me a hard ass but I just hate liars, don't you?"
The two biggest points about McGwire's admission that stick in my craw:
1. He's only doing it now because he has to clear up the matter to proceed as the new hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. It's not like he had a sudden pang of conscience or just found Jesus.
2. His excuse for not telling the truth to Congress in 2005: "We worked behind the scenes with Congressman (Tom) Davis and (Henry) Waxman to try to get immunity . . . I wanted to talk about this. I wanted to get this off my chest. I wanted to move on, but unfortunately immunity was not granted."
So it was Congress's fault. He would have only told the truth if there were no potential consequences attached. Mark McGwire is a large, macho male and an amazing athlete regardless of what drugs he ingested. But he's certainly not a man.
Who Hoffman Knew
"At his grandfather's insistence, Hoffman eventually met with the senator, influential Oklahoma Democrat David Boren."
Hoffman just couldn't turn his grandfather down, you see. He insisted.
"Hoffman told Boren he did not want a job based on the connections of his grandfather, a wealthy businessman who had worked in Franklin Roosevelt's administration. 'It was the first time in my experience that I had someone saying, No, I don't want help. I want to do this on my own,' recalled Boren, now president of the University of Oklahoma."
Please ignore how I got my foot in your door!
"Boren persuaded Hoffman to take the job as an intern for a one-month trial, and the 23-year-old stayed three years."
Hoffman was reluctant, but Boren persuaded him.
"Hoffman, who made a name for himself going after those with City Hall clout, said he got the job on his own terms.
"'No question, I got the interview because of my grandfather,' Hoffman said. 'But I told Boren don't hire me because of my grandfather. Do it on merits'."
And ignore all those other folks whose merits were equally as impressive but who just couldn't seem to get the interview.
The Kirk Dillard Show
So does the President of the United States, whom Dillard cut a campaign commercial for. And you know what? The president's pal knows Ryan's pal!
"In that time, allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety have been lodged against lawmakers. The most serious rebuke in the past year: a 'letter of qualified admonition' to Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., after the Senate ethics panel concluded he misled lawmakers and inappropriately offered to raise campaign funds for then-governor Rod Blagojevich as Burris sought the Senate appointment. 'Three years later, it's the same old, same old,' said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington."
Richie's White House
So no interest in draining this swamp, either.
Says dog had a gun.
Chicago A to Z
Stimulus Stats Saved Or Created
Me & Metallica
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Posted on January 12, 2010
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