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370 More Tasers Ordered For St. Paul police In Prep For Republican National Convention

Let the Tasering begin!

H/T - Minnesota public radio

St. Paul police order tasers for every police officer. They will purchase 370 more tasers just in time for Republican National Convention.

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ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police are about to issue Tasers to all 370 officers on the force. Police say they are a safe way to stop a potential threat, but some people say Tasers are dangerous and sometimes deadly. Police spokesman Tom Walsh says the Taser is stronger than a verbal order and less dangerous than a gun, especially in the case of a violent or unstable subject. Currently, 140 St. Paul police officers carry Tasers. The addition of another 230 will bring the total to 37- -- one for every officer on the force.vThe 230 new Tasers will cost $210,000 -- paid for with money seized during drug raids or other special investigations. The St. Paul City Council will vote Wednesday on whether to authorize the purchase of the Tasers, which they are likely to do. Four years ago, St. Paul police unveiled Tasers at a media event and now the Taser is in high demand. But questions about Tasers can’t escape law enforcement.

Scott Selmer, of the Urban League in St. Paul, believes Tasers could cause unnecessary harm if used too soon. “Sensitivity training is critical,” Selmer said. “Have some thought that goes into any encounter (police) may have.” Shortly after the new shipment of Tasers arrives in St. Paul, the Republican National Convention will come to town, and with it, protestors who may or may not get violent. More on St. Paul Police Orders Tasers For Every Officer

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Chain of Change for Congressional Black Caucus, with John Lewis Leading The Way

In a recent post, I wrote: Black SuperDelegates: If your voting constituency in your district overwhelmingly voted for Barrack Obama, you owe it to your voting constituency to vote for Barack Obama at the National Convention. We know who you endorsed. Have no doubt we are watching you! PS: White and Latino SuperDelegates representing black constituencies should do the same. We know who you are too. You will be held politically accountable for your actions.

See him John Lewis - above- with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Oct. 12, 2007, the day he endorsed her in the Democratic presidential race.

Well, well, according to The New York Times, and The Washington Post Some Black Lawmakers are rethinking thier Hillary endorsements, including Representative John Lewis of Georgia.

John Lewis an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

Jay Carson, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, said Thursday: “Congressman Lewis is a true American hero, and we have the utmost respect for him and understand the great pressure he faced. And Senator Clinton enjoys incredibly strong support from superdelegates around the country from all regions and races.”

AAPP: Hillary Interpretation - I don't need his endorsement anymore, it didn't work anyway. His constituents did not even listen to him or any of those folks at Congressional Black Caucus members.

AAPP: I wondered why John Lewis would go for Hillary Clinton. I also wondered why Maxine Waters would go for Hillary as well. So the chickens are coming home to roost. I salute John Lewis for following his constituents recent vote. It was also politically wise. No matter how great a politician, one may be, people never forget, when you stand against them. may that is why so many Congressional Black Caucus members need to be held accountable.

As an example as noted in the Washington Post Obama won Rep. Corrine Brown's northern Florida district by nearly 2 to 1, despite not campaigning for the state's primary because Democratic Party rules barred active participation in the unsanctioned contest. But Brown traveled to Wisconsin yesterday to campaign for Clinton, whom she endorsed in June.

"I have no stress whatsoever," Brown said. Other CBC colleagues, she said, "want to support the person because he's African American. But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin.' " Brown said she is not concerned about the possibility that her constituents might seek to punish her for the decision. "People know I'm going to do what I think is right," she said.

AAPP: Maybe Corrine Brown needs to follow the footsteps of of Al Wynn. You see Al Wynn was not concerned about the possibility that his constituents might seek to punish him for his decision making either (although he supports Obama in this case).

AAPP: People knew Al Wynn was going to do what he thought was right too." I guess the Chicken shit Congressonal Black Caucus is doing what Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), said in a recent WaPo article. They are waiting for Obama to win the primary.

Obama needs to continue to rack up wins through March 4 contests in Ohio and Texas before a large number of black lawmakers who back Clinton will switch sides, Clyburn said. "After that, if current trends hold, then you'll see movement," he predicted.

AAPP: Yes and black folks need to start planning to run candidates against the old guard Congressional Black Caucus members who doubt the possibility that their constituents might seek to punish them for the decision made against the will of their constituents.

African-American Endorsement Tracker

H/T Source: Black Politics on The Web

Members of Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Corrine Brown (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Edwards)
Rep. Donna Marie Christian-Christensen (US-VI) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (MO) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC) - uncommitted
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Artur Davis (AL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Al Green (TX) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. William Jefferson (LA) - unknown
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Edwards)
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI) - uncommitted
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. John Lewis (GA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Kendrick Meek (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI) - Sen. Barack Obama
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Donald Payne (NJ) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Laura Richardson (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. David Scott (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Clinton)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Edolphus Towns (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Diane Watson (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Mel Watt (NC)- Sen. John Edwards
Rep. Albert Wynn (MD) - Sen. Barack Obama

Get your list of local and state black elected officials supporting Obama and Hillary HERE

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bush, Slaves,and just why George Bush Don't Like Black People

Was their dynasty built on slavery?

The image most people have of slavery involves a cotton plantation with a big white house, a black village where 300 people live in cabins and a cruel overseer in the wings. This was not the model followed by the ancestors of President George W. Bush when, 175 years ago, they enslaved about 30 people on the shores of the upper Chesapeake.

It is an apt time to contemplate the link between slavery and the White House. This week President Bush is in the midst of a six-day trip to Africa, his second tour of the continent. He will visit several countries – including Benin, Ghana, and Liberia – from which the United States once drew slaves. That the trip falls on either side of President's Day, which honors statesmanship in the White House, makes the occasion all the more fitting. The moment is mature for the president to speak about slavery, especially given his personal connection to slavery's legacy.

A new book by Jacob Weisberg, The Bush Tragedy, mentions in passing that at one time some of the president's family owned slaves. Weisberg doesn't dwell on the links between the White House and the antebellum past except to say the Bush clan's story is a long-held "family secret." The Bush Tragedy, a revealing book about family dynamics in the Bush political dynasty, treats the slavery matter only briefly, focusing instead on the "spectacular, avoidable flame-out" of the receding administration. But the story that joins the 43rd president to predecessors who held title to dozens of people bears retelling in detail.

The skeletal facts surfaced in April 2007, when an amateur historian named Robert HughesIllinois Times, a small paper out of Springfield. Hughes found census records showing that during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, in Cecil County, Maryland, five households of the Walker family, the president's ancestors via his father's mother, Dorothy Walker Bush, had been slaveholding farmers. The evidence is simple but persuasive: genealogies of the Bush family match up with census data that counted farmers who used enslaved workers. With this, the president joins perhaps fifteen million living white Americans who trace their roots to the long-gone master class. published his research in the

It's not as though the president is the only politician whose family owned slaves. Of the first eighteen presidents, from George Washington to Ulysses Grant, twelve owned people, eight of them while in office. At one time, Andrew Jackson was even a slave trader. Since Emancipation in 1865, a number of presidents have come from families that once contained slave masters. Even the current presidential hopefuls are likely to have slave owners among their ancestors. The descendants of slaveholders do not wear special tattoos or announce themselves in secret handshakes, but most know who they are. : http://www.theroot.com/id/44844

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Black elected officials and black superdelegates begin to ditch Hillary

Well I guess the big loss of Al Wynn in Tuesday's election is causing black lawmakers to rethink their support of Hillary Clinton. It also appears that the Congressional Black Caucus
knows that that they will be held accountable. It's interesting that team Billary has been allowed to insult Black Men, Black Women, and Democratic Activist without the Congressional Black Caucus saying anything. You know what I'm talking about, Hillary has been able to say that
"we Don't Matter." Well it appears that we may have just reached a number of black superelegates finally understand that we have reached the tipping point.

As noted by Associated Press, "In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch.

Rep. David Scott's defection and Rep. John Lewis' remarks highlight one of the challenges confronting Clinton in a campaign that pits a black man against a woman for a nomination that historically has been the exclusive property of white men.

"You've got to represent the wishes of your constituency," Scott said in an interview Wednesday in the Capitol. "My proper position would be to vote the wishes of my constituents." The third-term lawmaker represents a district that gave more than 80 percent of its vote to Obama in the Feb. 5 Georgia primary.

Lewis, whose Atlanta-area district voted 3-to-1 for Obama, said he is not ready to abandon his backing for the former first lady. But several associates said the nationally known civil rights figure has become increasingly torn about his early endorsement of Clinton. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing private conversations.

In an interview, Lewis likened Obama to Robert F. Kennedy in his ability to generate campaign excitement, and left open the possibility he might swing behind the Illinois senator. "It could (happen). There's no question about it. It could happen with a lot of people ... we can count and we see the clock," he said.

Clinton's recent string of eight primary and caucus defeats coincides with an evident shift in momentum in the contest for support from party officials who will attend the convention. The former first lady still holds a sizable lead among the roughly 800 so-called superdelegates, who are chosen outside the primary and caucus system.

But Christine Samuels, until this week a Clinton superdelegate from New Jersey, said during the day she is now supporting Obama.

Two other superdelegates, Sophie Masloff of Pennsylvania and Nancy Larson of Minnesota, are uncommitted, having dropped their earlier endorsements of Clinton.

On Wednesday, David Wilhelm, a longtime ally of the Clintons who had been neutral in the presidential race, endorsed Obama." More HERE

AAPP: What do you think. Should black superdelegates abandon Hillary if their districts supported Obama?

2008 Democratic National Convention Credentials

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Additional information will be requested during the early spring for security purposes. You also will be asked to submit samples of your publication.

The application process runs through April 15, 2008.

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Thank you again.

AAPP: Let's see if they let this old school brotha into the convention. The democrats says they want independents to cross over, lets see if it's for real.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Julian Bond the Utlimate 21st Century Negro

Julian Bond Is truly "The Ultimate House Negro" who has sold his soul in order to do the bidding of Billary. Guess, what, I'm not the only one saying Come on Julian Bond, Come on! as he deals the race card for Clinton.

Even The New Republic is seeing through this old school disgrace. But hold up they are not the only ones pointing out that old school civil rights hustler and Billary kiss-up, Julian Bond, is afraid that the Democratic voters of Florida and Michigan will be disenfranchised at the national convention.

As The New Republic points out, "well, of course, they have already been disenfranchised by the DNC when it punished the Democratic parties of the two states for violating its sacred calendar by scheduling their primaries earlier than writ allowed. Of course, what the the DNC did was very stupid. Imagine excluding the fourth largest state (Florida with 185 delegates) and a big industrial state with big minority and union representation (Michigan with 128) from the convention. But now that the primaries have been held with basically only Hillary running in them and winning the popular vote big-time the Clinton camp has demanded that the delegates be seated. This changing of the rules after the fact would be crazier than the rules themselves. It might turn out to be decisive for Hillary in the delegate count, pushing her over the top. Without competition in the primaries, mind you."

Jake Tapper ABC News' Senior National Correspondent noted, Clinton's side of the argument got a boost when NAACP chairman Julian Bond wrote to DNC chair Howard Dean to express "great concern at the prospect that million of voters in Michigan and Florida could ultimately have their votes completely discounted." Not seating the Michigan and Florida delegations would remind Americans of the "sordid history of racially discriminatory primaries," Bond said.

This morning, Rev. Al Sharpton sided with Obama, writing to Dean to express the opposite sentiment.

"I firmly believe that changing the rules now, and seating delegates from Florida and Michigan at this point would not only violate the Democratic party's rules of fairness, but also would be a grave injustice," Sharpton wrote. "Changing the rules in the middle of a presidential contest is patently unfair both to the candidates (including Senator Edwards) and to Democratic voters everywhere."

Sharpton said that Bond's argument of disenfranchisement "should have been made many months ago before the decision was made to strip these states of their delegates, and, once the decision was made, it should have been vigorously objected to and contested by those who felt it disenfranchised voters. To raise that claim now smacks of politics in its form most raw and undercuts the moral authority behind such an argument."

Watch Al Sharpton talk about this from MSNBC HERE.

Maybe the NAACP should get a new Chairman. Or just maybe hire a new CEO. Then again, maybe the NAACP should be more concerned about the spread of color arousal radio and television by Fox News Radio.

Congressional Black Caucus Needs to be Held Accountable

Rep. Major R. Owens believes members of the Congressional Black Caucus have a grand opportunity to forge pivotal power. More HERE, Yet the reality is, even with their current voting capacity, the Congressional Black Caucus have voted on three bills that have plunged the Congressional Black Caucus to their lowest collective grades yet, according to Black Agenda Report and the watchdog group CBC Monitor? More HERE

As Black Agenda Report notes, For the first time since the CBC Monitor began tracking the voting behavior of Black members of the U.S. House, no member scored higher than 80 percent. The “tripwire” bills showed great fissures in the Black Caucus on so-called Free Trade, willingness to cave to the Bush administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on funding the Iraq war, and on a bill that threatens a witch hunt in search of the sources of domestic “extremist belief systems” and violence-inciting “propaganda” on the Internet. Read More HERE

It's great to know that at least in my home state, Al Wynn - Congressional Black Caucus Member Has Been Held Accountable.

Dr. Julia Hare

It's always great to listen to the inspiring Dr. Julia Hare.

Black Leadership Accountability A View From Mid-America

I thought these comments were instructive on how some in middle America are viewing old guard black leadership and emerging black leadership. After you read the post, take a few minutes to share your thoughts on this blog and at the Idaho Mountain Express. My gut response is, although I don't agree with all Pat Murphy has to say about the leadership of Jesse and Al, He and other "Pat Murphys" just might be on to something.

Has Obama doomed ‘black leaders’ sham?


Barack Obama may have thankfully brought something else decent to U.S. politics—a merciful end to self-styled "black leaders" who claim to speak for the nation's African Americans by promoting anti-white sentiments.

The most notorious of these, of course, are the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who haven't had a meaningful following for years and need to drum up controversy to lure TV cameras to hear what they have to say. The Don Imus flap brought Sharpton back from the dead.

Sharpton and Jackson are so yesteryear. When they invoke "African Americans" as their cause, they do as much to perpetuate racial divisions in the country as white rednecks throwing around the "N" word.

Along comes Barack Obama. Had he been of the Sharpton-Jackson school of politics, he would've expended virtually all his time and effort trying to capture the "black" vote and championing the needs of "black" Americans.

But Obama has proven with his gift of wisdom beyond his years that Americans are tired of black, white, Hispanic politics. They're hungry for leaders whose clear-eyed vision sees public service and the country's needs as without color or race or gender.

The Obama appeal proves him correct. He's been on a victory sweep in state caucuses and primaries by appealing to voters of all colors and gender, even those of Republican sentiments.

Naturally, Sharpton and Jackson dread going out of business, of being ignored by media, of no longer being identified as speaking for "black Americans," although there's no evidence black Americans as a group need or want Sharpton or Jackson to speak for them. More HERE

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton On The Same Ticket - No Way!

The Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama Ticket, Everyone is talking about it. but there is a general consensus it's not going to happen. Or is it?

Colbert King of the Washington Post calls it the Running-Mate Roundup.


Graphics Francis L. Holland Blog

Colbert King writes, "Who in his or her right mind would want to serve as Clinton's vice president, knowing that her husband, Bill, would be roaming around the White House, dropping in on Cabinet meetings, greeting foreign guests and chatting up the staff?

True, the job itself has no formal responsibilities beyond ensuring succession and acting as Senate president. (Vice President John Adams said the vice presidency is "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.") But Al Gore, Walter Mondale and Dick Cheney, as Coen notes in his book, redefined the office and elevated its stature.

Could that happen in a Clinton White House? Can a mule whistle?

Fear is, Billary would regard the vice president the same way that Harry Truman said history recognized that office: "about as useful as a cow's fifth teat."

So who would sign on, if asked?

To make up for derailing Obama, Billary would probably turn to a black centrist substitute such as Harold Ford, chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and a former Tennessee congressman. He'd probably take it.

And if Obama's the nominee?

He's got some shoring up to do, especially in national security and foreign policy. Just as Lyndon Johnson's Southern strength and Washington savvy helped overcome some of John F. Kennedy's disadvantages, Obama would do well to select a running mate with a little seasoning -- and a little gray hair wouldn't hurt, either.

He's got a large and stellar field to draw from among senior senators, governors and House members. And unlike Clinton, Obama is free to select a vice president who can truly partner with the president on key issues without worrying about second-guessing from an omnipresent spouse who has been there, done that and thinks he knows it all." Read More HERE

Michael Tomasky noted in his recent article, Clinton-Obama dream ticket? Dream on, "Running mates are supposed to do three things. First, they are supposed to understand that the presidential nominee calls the shots. Their job is to travel the country for four or five months singing not their own praises but the nominee's. Can we really expect - and I say this in Clinton's defence - America's most admired woman (and she is that, in poll after poll) to play such a subordinate role? On areas of policy, will Clinton suddenly be able to adopt Obama's position - saying, for example, after denying it for more than a year, that the Iraq war was indeed a mistake?

Second, running mates are supposed to bring some geographical advantage to the ticket. Kennedy chose Johnson, in spite of their mutual nuclear contempt, because LBJ would help nail down Texas and the south. I'm not sure Clinton brings Obama a single state he can't get without her.

Third, running mates ideally have strengths that make up for the candidate's weaknesses. George Bush was weak on global and military experience. Dick Cheney, a former defence secretary who had overseen a successful war, was a strong choice by Bush, whatever we may think of how that has turned out." More HERE

Michael Medved conservative writer with TownHall writes in his recent post Dem's "Dream Ticket" : Why It Won't Happen

Watching the two of them together, isn’t it painfully obvious that she dislikes him?

Ironically, when Senator Clinton appears together with Senator McCain, there’s a sense of hearty geniality, fellowship even friendship. Her interaction with Obama, on the other hand, suggests tension, awkwardness, and mutual resentment. At the State of the Union Address, Senator Obama even made headlines when he and his new friend Senator Kennedy made no effort to greet Hillary even though she stood, in a attention-getting red dress, some three feet away from them.

On the most basic psychological level, Barack Obama echoes the deepest discomforts of Hillary Clinton’s hideously complex marriage.

For thirty-five years, she’s been constantly upstaged by a charismatic and attractive male whose oratorical and glad-handing gifts vastly exceed her own. She doesn’t want to spend the eight years of her potential presidency similarly upstaged by another guy, notably younger and thinner than she is, with an electrifying magnetism that easily equals her husband’s.

Moreover, she’d have no reason to trust him, or to rely on him, were he installed as her Vice President. Al Gore served as a faithful, slavishly loyal supporter to President Clinton because he owed his presence on the ticket entirely to Big Bill’s whim. Were Obama to serve with Hillary, he’d come to the position with his own, independent power base, and the knowledge that his strong campaign had forced her to accept him. No one could discount the possibility of a Vice President Obama challenging his boss on decisions of which he deeply disapproved. It’s entirely conceivable that after a single term together, he might even decide to challenge her for re-nomination.

Every Vice President (except, it seems, for Dick Cheney) emerges as a plausible heir apparent but in Obama’s case, his strong campaign would make him an absolutely sure bet as Hillary’s successor as leader of the Democrats. No President wants to look over her shoulder at a Veep with an independent base of support who’s just waiting for his chance to take over the party.

The long and bitter campaign against Obama, however, may require some special attention to the African-American voters who remain the most loyal component of the Democratic coalition. Even if Barack is excluded from the ticket, it’s hard to imagine a mass desertion of black voters to the GOP, but a lack of enthusiasm could lead to a disappointing urban turnout that would hurt all Democrats. If he continues to serve as Senator from Illinois (or, as rumored, runs at some point for governorship in his home state in order to gain executive experience) he’ll be able to provide an independent, compelling voice on the issues. He could support the president or oppose the president, without any expectation of loyal, dutiful, automatic agreement. If a Clinton presidency founders, he’d be perfectly positioned to offer a competing vision.

If Hillary decides she needs a black running mate to make up for the wounded feelings of the campaign, there’s a better option for her than Obama himself. Aside from pie-in-the-sky talk of appealing to General Colin Powell to cross party lines to join a Clinton ticket (a nightmare for Republicans, obviously), there’s another selection that would also play in to a possible Southern strategy. Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. now heads the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council), the same moderate, centrist group that Bill Clinton himself (and Joe Lieberman) once led. He’s an outspoken Christian who ran surprisingly well among white evangelicals in his close 2006 Senate race in Tennessee. He’s also even younger (he’ll be 38 in May) and better-looking than Obama, with the same sort of suave presentation and blue-chip academic credentials (University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan Law School). During his five-terms in the House of Representatives he compiled a conspicuously moderate record (supporting limitations on abortion, backing a stronger military and the war on terror) that could help Clinton run to the middle.

Best of all, Congressman Ford would steal from Obama the distinction of the first African-American on a national ticket and, if Clinton wins election, he could run as her loyal successor and block Obama in 2016 (Ford would only be 46 –younger than Obama is now).

But even if Senator Clinton ignored all these possibilities and considerations and decided to offer Senator Obama a place on the ticket, he’d find powerful reasons to turn her down.

Why He’d Turn down the Vice Presidency

Moreover, there’s always the possibility that a Clinton-Obama pairing loses in November – in which case his presence on the ticket would do him more damage than good. John Edwards’ campaign this year demonstrated the way that a failed race for the Vice Presidency gives little advantage in future campaigns.

In short, a Vice Presidential nomination offers Obama no substantive benefits while depriving him of some of his independence and freedom of maneuver.

He’d never again be able to run as plausibly as a candidate of “change” if he serves eight years as Hillary’s Veep. Inevitably, he would become a candidate associated with the infamous Clinton Machine, and tainted by all its corruptions and compromises. Obama knows history, and remembers the way that distinguished, powerful Senators of the past like Hubert Humphrey and Al Gore took the Vice Presidency and then found their own runs for the White House shadowed by the controversial legacies of their bosses (LBJ and Bill Clinton)

And worst of all for Barack, the magical aura of this campaign, with huge crowds intoxicated at the very idea of a black president, couldn’t be recaptured if he’s already run in the number two position. If we’ve already elected (or even nominated) an African-America as Vice President, the idea of a future Presidential race wouldn’t be nearly as novel or thrilling.

Why Not Obama-Clinton?

With all the potent reasons for Hillary to disregard the idea of running with Barack, and the even more decisive reasons for him to turn her down even if she offered, some Democrats love to consider the upside-down arrangement: why not an Obama-Clinton ticket?

If anything, this notion looks even less plausible.

Those who know Hillary report that she thoroughly enjoys her well-established role in the U.S. Senate. If she lost to Obama in the Presidential race, she’d greatly prefer to return to Capitol Hill—where she could probably serve for the rest of her life and stands an excellent chance of succeeding Harry Reid as Majority Leader.

As a prominent part of the previous Clinton administration, she witnessed first hand all the indignities and burdens thrust upon Vice President Al Gore—in fact, she administered some of them herself. Why would she want to open herself to the humiliation of waiting around in a powerless, second-string job in case some disaster befell a conspicuously young and vigorous president?

Hillary would also find it difficult to use the Vice Presidency as a stepping stone to a future Presidential run. She’d be 68 at the end of a second Obama term, and the generational shift his nomination signaled would make it most unlikely that Dems turn backward to a Baby Boomer restoration with an aging Hillary.

As for Obama, he wouldn’t need her and wouldn’t want her on his ticket. If he beats her in the fight for the nomination this year, he’d want to complete the Democratic disassociation from the nasty politics of the Clinton era. Barack’s insistence on “change” and a “fresh” approach signifies not only a departure from the age of Bush, but also closing the chapter on the age of Clintons. Hillary on the ticket inevitably brings Bill with her, as a third figure at the top of the party, and undermines the idea of a generational changing of the guard and the adoption of a new, more unifying tone.

Finally, no President wants the malevolent combination of Bill and Hill scheming against him from a new vantage point in the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory.

If Obama feels that the bruises of the campaign require a female running mate he could find any number of preferable alternatives – particularly Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona. She has the executive experience that both Obama and Clinton lack, as a former US Attorney, state Attorney General, and Democratic governor in a Republican state who won re-election by a nearly two-to-one margin. She’s also won a reputation as moderately tough on illegal immigration, and might even help Obama compete with John McCain in his home state. Best of all, Napolitano (or other Democratic governors like Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, or Senators like Dianne Feinstein of California) come without the heavy baggage of the Clintons’ soap-opera marriage and reputation for political thuggery.

Concerning the much-discussed “dream ticket,” most observers concede that neither Obama nor Clinton want it. When you combine their joint reluctance with the fact that neither candidate would truly need the other in order to run effectively against the Republicans, the likelihood of the uncomfortable alliance becomes very remote indeed. More HERE


Graphics Francis L. Holland Blog

Francis L. Holland, International Internet Social and Political Activist asks, Will Hillary and Obama Deliver this "Baby" or Kill it in the Delivery Room? He writes, "the most important question is not, "Will you support the ticket if you lose the nomination," but rather, "Will you join the ticket in order to win the presidency?" - - Francis L. Holland, February 11, 2008

know "abortion" is an ugly metaphor for what might be about to happen to the Democratic Party's hopes for taking the presidency, but I think "abortion" is also an apt metaphor. The party is "pregnant" with the possibility of electing its first Black AND its first woman to the White House. However, the midwives of this pregnancy are Hillary and Bill Clinton as well as Barack Obama. If they work together as a team, then the "baby" can be born health and can grow into a well functioning administration.

However, if they fight over who will play what role in the delivery room, even to the extent of pulling the child limb from limb, then instead of having the "birth" in the convention delivery room (the birth of a new Democratic adiministration), we will have wanton political infanticide. The "baby" presidential election hopes will be torn limb from limb and all of its promise will be thrown into large green garbage bags.

This is not an argument against abortion. I believe there are some times good reasons for an abortion. But there is no good reason for the Clintons and Obama to abort the first Black/Female administration in America's history. There is no upside to the "abortion" that will occur if Clinton and Obama fight over this "baby" presidential election in the delivery room and tear it limb from limb before it takes its first breath. Read More HERE

AAPP: As I said, Everyone is talking about it. What do you think? Have you been talking about it?

Al Wynn - Congressional Black Caucus Member Being Held Accountable

Hey Al Wynn
See Yah!

Late Update: With 51% reporting, the Associated Press has projected Donna Edwards the winner over Al Wynn — and apparently by a landslide. source: Talking Points Memo

Pr. George's attorney leads in early results against eight-term Representyative Wynn in Md.

WaPo reports U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) conceded a short time ago after a stunning loss to Prince George's County lawyer Donna F. Edwards. Wynn, who had served in the 4th District for eight terms, had been targeted by an aggressive advertisement campaign, funded in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars from national labor groups and liberal organizations. The effort apparently convinced voters that Wynn had fallen out of step with his overwhelmingly Democratic district during his 15 years in Congress.

AAPP: Maybe its time for Afrospear members to target Congressional Black Caucus members who a just like Wynn and run against them. We need to hold Congressional Black Caucus members accountable who support Hillary Clinton after voters in their district overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama.

Chain of Change, Blacks, Whites, Red, Yellow and Brown Americans Vote Obama in the Potomac Primary

It's the Chain of Change, as Barack Obama Kicks Team Billary's Butt with big victories in the District, Maryland and Virginia, in the Potomac Primary.

(Photo by: Reuters)

Versus the old guard, old men with old ideas from days gone bye.

(Photo by: Melina Mara/Post)
As Senator McCain
beats Huckabee in D.C., Md. and Va.

More Tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Impromptu Election Night Blogging

Democrats.com "disconnected from reality" on impeachment of Cheney?

I just received an email from Democrats.com indicating that John Conyers is considering Cheney Impeachment Hearings. The email reads:

Congressman John Conyers

On Thursday, Chairman John Conyers' House Judiciary Committee held a hearing at which Attorney General Michael Mukasey said that he would not investigate torture or warrantless spying, he would not enforce contempt citations, and he would treat Justice Department opinions as providing immunity for crimes.

None of this was new, but perhaps it touched something in Conyers that had not been touched before. Following the hearing, he and two staffers met for over an hour with two members of Code Pink and discussed activism and impeachment, including Congressman Robert Wexler's proposal to begin impeachment hearings on Cheney.

Conyers expressed his concerns about what might happen following an impeachment, the danger of installing a Bush replacement or losing an election. But he said he's listening to several advocates for impeachment, including Liz Holtzman and David Swanson of Democrats.com. He hinted he could be swayed by a convincing argument, leaning out of his chair for dramatic effect.

AAPP: What the hell is wrong with Democrats.com? Don't they understand they will endanger losing the election to impeach Cheney? yes, I would love to impeach the bastard. But should that be our (America's) top priority now? So they want to rally the Republicans? The Democrats.com group seriously needs to get a grip. Democrats and democrats.com need to focus more on electing a new Democratic administration. These aggressive progressives, as they like to call themselves, need to triple their energy on the "inclusion" of blacks and other groups into their ranks. Rather than being an 'exclusive group' of white liberals. But that just might be too aggressive and progressive for Democrats.com

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hillary to Black Men, Black Women, and Democratic Activist "You Don't Matter"

AAPP: I watched CNN in amazement yesterday afternoon as Hillary Clinton dismissed her weekend losses. It's clear that Hillary Clinton has a strategy of continuing her color aroused campaign. She continues to bring up at every opportunity that Obama is Black, as he beats her and Bill in more states with large white populations.

AAPP: " Hillary is truly becoming a modern day American political campaigning disgrace, saying essentially that 'Democratic activists' and black voters don't matter.
Hillary and Bill are truly showing their deep down color aroused feelings regarding black America. It truly seems to be deep rooted and just plain angry."

Both John Aravosis (DC) from the blog America Blogs and the Daily Kos are covering the story.

Here is what Hillary had to say today about you 'activists' and blacks who vote in the Democratic primaries. You see, you don't really count.

 Clinton downplayed her weekend losses Monday.

Hillary Clinton on Monday explained away Barack Obama's clean sweep of the weekend's caucuses and primaries as a product of a caucus system that favors "activists" and, in the case of the Louisiana primary, an energized African-American community.

She told reporters who had gathered to watch her tour a General Motors plant here that "everybody knew, you all knew, what the likely outcome of these recent contests were."...

Noting that "my husband never did well in caucus states either," Clinton argued that caucuses are "primarily dominated by activists" and that "they don't represent the electorate, we know that."
The DailyKos notes:

One of the hilarious side-effects of every Obama victory is the spin from Clinton quarters and its surrogates and supporters explaining why said victories "don't matter".

Iowa didn't matter because it was a caucus state, and it's undemocratic. Same goes for every other caucus state including Maine. The only caucus state that mattered was Nevada.

Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Alaska, and Utah don't matter because they're small Red states that Democrats won't carry in November.

Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana don't matter because they have black people. Expect the same spin out of DC this Tuesday. Black people don't apparently count.

Washington and Minnesota don't matter because they have educated white people.

In any case, Washington, Nebraska, and Louisiana didn't matter on Saturday because everyone expected Obama to win them anyway.

Virginia and Maryland, assuming they're won by Obama, will be a combination of the "black people" and "educated people" rationalizations. Throw a little of "Obama was expected to win anyway", and you've got the trifecta.

Illinois doesn't matter because that's Obama's home state. Expect the same spin when Obama wins Hawaii by double-digit margins in two weeks.

Missouri doesn't matter because Clinton sent out a press release claiming she won it.

Colorado was a caucus state, so that leaves Delaware and Connecticut. Those are the only two states that apparently matter, giving Hillary Clinton a commanding 10-2 lead among states that matter.

One final line of attack used to minimize Obama's victories is the notion that "he can't win states without his base", his base of course being African Americans, white yuppies, and Red state Democrats. More HERE

AAPP: It has become more and more obvious that
Billary has color arousal issues with a black man running against her and winning. It's also obvious to this African American Political Pundit that Hillary supports her own political abortion when she makes statements like she did yesterday. I guess the Obama/Hillary ticket won't happen. And that may just be a good thing for the Democrats. If Hillary wins the nomination, blacks may just stay home."

Hillary Has Her Black History Wrong! MLK Was Both a Talker and a Doer, Hillary

I had the opportunity to read a post by Harvard Sitkoff's regarding MLK and Hillary Clinton's revisionist history. I thought I would share it with you. Havard Sitkoff is a University of New Hampshire Professor of History. He is the author of several books on the history of civil rights, and, most recently, of King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop (Hill & Wang, 2008).

MLK Was Both a Talker and a Doer, Hillary

By Harvard Sitkoff

According to Hillary Clinton’s version of history, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a dreamer, a talker (much as she labels Barack Obama), and the person really responsible for civil rights progress in the 1960s was President Lyndon Johnson, a doer (as she sees herself). This comment on history highlighted herself as the experienced candidate of accomplishment, and it may well have helped her to succeed in scoring an upset victory against Obama in the New Hampshire primary. Nevertheless, she fails U.S. History 101.

MLK was never a mere dreamer, never only a talker. He stood up for what is right, repeatedly putting his body on the line, going to jail again and again, constantly facing death threats. By such actions, King and a multiplicity of black leaders and movements at the grass-roots level mobilized black Americans as they had never previously been mobilized to collectively bring about change. King, above all, stirred African Americans’ emotions, raised their hopes, convinced them to believe in their abilities to alter history, and got them to come together to press for racial justice in a manner that could not be, and was not, denied.

Organizing mass demonstrations, encouraging an unprecedented burst of African American activism, and employing non-violent direct action tactics, King and those who struggled alongside him in 1963 in Birmingham and elsewhere provoked a national outcry that forced the Kennedy administration to propose a comprehensive civil rights bill. Intensifying the pressure on the Johnson administration to make the bill “must” legislation, King and his followers launched another protest campaign in St. Augustine in 1964. The strategy worked, and the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended legally sanctioned racial discrimination and segregation in most public accommodations and facilities, outlawed racial bias in federally funded programs practicing discrimination, banned discrimination by employers and unions, created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce the ban on job discrimination, and granted the federal government new powers to fight school segregation.

It took a whole lot of ordinary black Americans, as well as King and Johnson, to achieve that legislation. The Civil Rights Act, King rightly said, “was first written in the streets.” It reflected the impact of a national conscience that had been educated and inspired by the civil rights movement and its leaders. That was similarly true of the equally historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was never a simple matter of talk or action, a dreamer versus a doer. No one should deny Lyndon Johnson’s skillful use of presidential, and personal, powers to break a southern filibuster in the Senate and to get the civil rights bills through Congress in a timely and unscathed manner. Nor should Americans forget what this young African American Baptist preacher did to inspire ordinary blacks to do the extraordinary, to struggle collectively for equality and first-class citizenship. Vitally worth remembering as well is all King did to attract the great middle body of white public opinion to make civil rights---in the words of the Republican leader of the Senate, Everett Dirksen, quoting Victor Hugo---“an idea whose time had come.”

Perhaps Hillary Clinton has got her history of the 1964 Civil Rights Act wrong because she had been so enthralled that year by Barry Goldwater. More HERE

Sunday, February 10, 2008

On The Ropes, Hillary appoints black woman to save campaign, As bill Clinton courts black woman voters in DC black churches

Hillary appoints Black woman, Maggie Williams to save her campaign.

Maggie Williams, TWP
Maggie Williams, advisor for Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Politico.com's, Ben smith, is reporting Clinton's campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, left the position today, to be replaced by Clinton's former top White House aide, Maggie Williams. The change formalizes a shift in the campaign's power structure that began to set in after Clinton's win in New Hampshire. More HERE All of this while, CBS News, reports Obama Says Clinton Presidency Could Be Another '94. “Keep in mind we had Bill Clinton as president when in ’94 we lost the House, we lost the Senate, we lost the governorship, we lost state houses and so regardless of what policies they wanted to promote, they didn’t have a working majority to bring change about.” Obama told this to a crowd estimated by CBS News of over 3,000.

The Team Clinton Family is campaigning hard for black votes in Maryland, VA and DC. even bill Clinton has
admitted a 'mistake' in Obama criticism saying yesterday it was a "mistake" for him to go after his wife's rival.

The Washington Times reports, Mr. Obama, bolstered by polls showing him better positioned to beat Mr. McCain, said he can reach out to independents in a way Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot. He also repeated that he believes the Republican attack machine would take aim at the Clintons, should she be the nominee. Mr. Clinton, who has a packed campaign schedule in rural parts of Virginia this weekend, said he had learned a lesson about how he should conduct himself in his efforts to support Mrs. Clinton.

"I think the mistake that I made is to think that I was a spouse, like any other spouse, who could defend his candidate," he said in an interview with NBC News at a campaign stop in Portland, Maine. "I think I can promote Hillary but not defend her, because I was president. I have to let her defend herself or have someone else defend her."

Voter exit polls showed Mr. Clinton's focus on Mr. Obama in campaign speeches hurt his wife's candidacy in South Carolina. For several weeks on the trail, the former president went after Mr. Obama's voting record on Iraq, and said the press has given his wife's opponent a pass, prompting top Democrats to warn him he could damage the party and another to say he needs to "chill."

Now, as reported by USA Today, Bill Clinton told African-American church congregations Sunday that he understands the desire to elect the nation's first black president but he urged them to consider his wife's candidacy.

"All my life I have wanted to vote for a woman for president," Clinton told 800 parishioners at the Temple of Praise congregation in Washington. "All my life I have wanted to vote for an African-American for president. ... I wonder why God gave us this dilemma."

Clinton cited his wife's experience and policy initiatives in housing, education, heath care and voting rights for the District of Columbia and called Hillary Clinton "the best qualified person to be president I've had an opportunity to vote for."

At a later service at Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church in Bowie, Clinton asked several hundred parishioners to think and pray about their choice. More HERE

AAPP: How can Bill Clinton continue to appeal to black parishioners to pick a female candidate? Is this not showing how politically disconnected he and his advisors' are with the black voter. Does bill not get it. Has he not looked at the exiting polls, and the voting across America for Barack Obama? Black preachers, black elected officials and other clowns who are urging black folks to support Billary as the female candidate over Barack a black candidate is not only stupid politics, it's insulting politics. It's great that Obama has three advantages: Map, Money And Message.

Sparking Fears, The British, Through Doris Lessing, Trying To Impact Black and Other American Voters

AAPP: It appears that everyone and their mama is feelin' the great possibility of Barack Obama winning the U.S. Presidential nomination. Now Sweden’s largest subscribed daily, Dagens Nyhete, interviewed Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, and she thinks Barack Obama would be assassinated if he became US president. And the US media is eating it up.

Barack Obama will be assassinated, says Doris Lessing
Nobel winner Lessing: Obama would be killed if elected


Candidly, This AAPP believes that she as a writer has the right to her own opinion, i'm concerned that this may be a set-up. Or just another tactic of the American women's movement, or joint effort by the CIA and British Intelligence, including NOW to get people to vote for Hillary and impact on the American election.

Check out what the British writer said in a newspaper interview.

Photo of Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing fears Obama's assassination - Obama Will Be Assasinated If He Gets Elected.

If Barack Obama becomes the next US president he will surely be assassinated, British Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing predicted in a newspaper interview published here Saturday.

Obama, who is vying to become the first black president in US history, "would certainly not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would murder him," Lessing, 88, told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Literature Prize, said it might be better if Obama's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton were to succeed in her bid to become the first woman president of the United States.

"The best thing would be if they (Clinton and Obama) were to run together. Hillary is a very sharp lady. It might be calmer if she were to win, and not Obama," she said. More HERE

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