Before we get to the discussion of our African-American brothers, we need to discuss the “big news yesterday” – the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as the wake-up from the DREAM Act.
Regarding DADT The Confluence has it right:
“The big winner, and “Democrats man of the hour“, in this effort is of all people Joe Lieberman: [snip]
If Joe is your party’s man of the hour, you’ve got one hell of a boring party. The Democratic party has long since jumped the shark, but this one takes the cake. Lest we forget, Joe supported John McCain in the general election. Some of us may have done something like that as protest, but Joe really wanted McCain as president. Obama of course could have stopped DADT on day one. And he could have not fought previous court rulings overturning DADT. And it seems clear Democrats in general would have been happy to drag this out another two years so it could be a campaign issue. But no more. Joe helped push this legislation through despite Obama and others best efforts to keep it a low priority and to not move it anytime soon.”
“By now, you know what’s standing in the way of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in the United States Senate, the last obstacle before it can be signed by the president and the military’s ban on openly gay service members is finally scrapped.
Or at least you think you do.
Sources on the Hill are telling me a big reason DADT repeal isn’t moving faster comes right from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Despite President Obama’s public support for repeal, with DADT stacked up against the START nuclear arms reduction treaty that Obama carefully brokered with the Russians earlier this year, the White House is putting its legislative push behind START. [snip]
No one questions that Obama wants to see DADT end, or that he wants to see it end this year. The concern is over the priorities: Obama, it seems, wants START to come first. And with the White House pushing START (in daily phone calls from top White House officials, according to one source on the Hill), Obama could end up standing in the way of DADT getting done.
“The White House has been crystal clear that their number one priority in this lame duck session is START,” said one Senior Democratic aide.”
There are of course plenty of people that questioned whether “Obama wants to see DADT end”. Obama had promised during the campaign to immediately end DADT and pass immigration reform but those were just flowery words uttered by Obama without any real world meaning. After nothing got done on immigration and DADT (not to mention DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act) in the 60 vote Dimocratic Senate the first year, Obama then promised to get these things done the second year. It was only after the anger post Bush tax cuts “compromise” that a lame duck Senate finally acted on DADT. The promised DREAM Act died and five Obama Dimocrats (6 counting AWOL Joe Manchin) voted against another Obama “priority”.
Add to the broken promises on FISA, of “repeal the Bush tax cuts“, the closing of Guantanamo Bay within the first hundred days (the Senate will soon join the House in measures that ban the transfer of prisoners from Gitmo).
Those were just campaign era words without meaning. Now Joe Biden continues the “repeal the Bush tax cuts” flim-flam by stating on “Meet The Press” that “They’re for two years. They’re for two years. And we’re comin’ back and goin’ at it again.” Yeah, right. More promises to keep making promises about repeal of broken promises.
Now to our African-American brothers.
Is there anyone dumber than Charles Blow writing for a Big Media publication? We know there are many contenders, but Blow really is dumb. Yesterday Blow wrote more nonsense:
” Whose Party Is It?
The far left is foaming at the mouth.
The near-apoplectic level of agita within the liberal screeching class over President Obama’s tax-cut compromise has exposed a seismic crack in the Democratic monolith — outspoken liberal Democrats on one side and barely audible moderate Democrats on the other.
The lopsided optics raise the question: Is there a future for moderation, and especially conservatism, in the Democratic Party or is the party experiencing the beginnings of a purging akin to that seen on the right?”
After shouting “Yes, We Can” Blow is screeching “Yes, We Can Continue To Shill For Barack”. Part of the shilling is to continue to insist that long-term “demographics work in the Democrats’ favor”. To his credit Blow is beginning to see the flaws in the Obama “situation comedy” coalition.
Blow asserts correctly that “… liberals remain by far the smallest ideological group. For one thing, liberalism remains a coastal condition that leaves out much of middle America, especially the South.” That’s a tough reality exacerbated by the bumbling Obama and his cheerleaders. Those of us who consider ourselves “liberals/progressives” do not recognize a liberalism that mocks the white working class and abuses with false hope and lies the working class of the black community and other communities.
Blow wins his title of “dumb” with this:
“To adapt a phrase from Bill Maher, these far-left liberals would rather fight the friend who disappoints them than focus on the enemy who wants to destroy them. That’s not so for those on the right. They just want to win.”
Blow must have slept through 2010 because otherwise he would recall how Republicans preferred Christine O’Donnell over the then “sure winner” Mike Castle. Republican Senator Bob Bennett was also dumped in the primary even though he was a “sure winner”. Sharon Angle also was not viewed as the strongest candidate for Republicans either.
Anyone remember “sure winner” Charlie Crist dumped for the “sure loser” Marco Rubio? In election race after election race Republicans gave up a sure thing for someone who to them was not the lesser evil but rather their preferred candidate. Was this dumb of Republicans? Should they have gone with the “lesser evil but sure winners”? Was this all ideological purity tests or a long-term game plan to forgo official perks and majorities for a party that stands for something, anything? The answers to those questions are debatable but they certainly are not evidence of “They just want to win.” Agree with them or not, Republicans at least listen to their base and have the cojones to fight.
Bill Maher and Charles Blow should acquaint themselves with the term “friendly fire”. “Friendly fire” is when you are shot in war by your own side. Where the bullet came from does not matter you’re still dead. Barack Obama is shooting his own and Charles Blow cheers him on and tallies the dead as a “victory”.
While Blow and his Hopium Guzzling ilk blame the victims of the Obama bullets, “racist” Republicans are adjusting strategies and moving forward.
Though we don’t think he stands a chance of winning the nomination it certainly will be interesting to watch a Republican black man who is not nuts (think Alan Keyes) run for the Republican nomination for president:
“Former Godfathers Pizza chief executive Herman Cain says he’s definitely forming an exploratory committee — likely within the next several weeks — to test the waters for a possible Republican presidential run in 2012.
Cain, a radio talk show host and favorite of the Tea Party movement, confirmed the news in an interview with The Daily Caller. He suggested that a presidential campaign is likely, but said he hasn’t made a final decision.
“Bottom line is, all of the indicators and all of the benchmarks that I had laid out and we had laid out as a team are all moving in the direction of yes,” Cain said. “We haven’t gotten there yet, but we’re moving in that direction.”
He’s been particularly encouraged, he said, by the results of the midterm elections in November “because I wanted to make sure that this voter anger and frustration was going to convert into votes to change the political landscape, and it did.”
That gave him confidence, Cain said, that “people might be ready for an unconventional candidate” in 2012. [snip]
Tim Albrecht, the communications director for the incoming Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, wrote on Twitter this week that, “Prediction: Herman Cain is going to have some serious legs when he begins visiting Iowa.”’
Albrecht might just be looking for a job or simply butt kissing. But maybe something else is going on. “Racist” Republicans surely will not even consider Cain, will they?
“I know the basics of his bio — accomplished CEO, talk-radio host, cancer survivor — but not much more beyond that. Even so, it got my attention a few days ago when he won Red State’s 2012 “tournament,” topping Mike Pence in the semifinal and Palin in the final. Is that because Cain’s a Red State favorite or is the grassroots support for him out there broader than anyone realizes right now?”
We’re not fans of multi-millionaire Cain but he is playing a very shrewd game. As a successful business owner of a very popular food product (we’re not fans of his pizza either but sales figures tell us it is tasty to many), he can easily vault to the top ranks of Republican grassroots leadership as a voice that potentially reaches black voters as well as Tea Party activists. And Cain can do so with a non race based appeal even as his race will certainly be a matter of discussion.
After Republicans dump the failure called Michael Steele the shouts of “racism” will be heard. Cain will provide a valuable counterpoint when the “racism” charge is heard. Cain also fills out (in a sane manner, unlike Keyes) the diversity menu for Republicans. On the Republican nomination debate stage will sit a front-running woman, several white males, and a Latino candidate who either will be on that stage or hovering over the proceedings as the VP pick, and Cain.
Republicans are playing a long term game and adjusting tactics with a eyes fixed on electoral votes and what must be done to get those votes. Obama Dimocrats are still bitterly clinging to the belief that Obama will save them. In a swim or sink world, Republicans are swimming. Obama and Obama apologists are sinking.