8 Nov 2010

The Dirty Game

The Dirty Game, (POLITICS)
[col. writ. 10/31/10 (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

A former member of the U.S. House of Representatives tries to run for higher office, the U.S. Senate, wins the primary nomination, and as the election nears, a former president visits to quietly urge him to step aside, so that an Independent could prevail.

I refer to Florida's Kendrick B. Meek (D), who was so popular in his district (Florida's 17th) in 2006 that he ran unopposed.

Today, just 4 years later, and he's in third place in the senatorial race, after his Republican and Independent opponents.

What did the Democratic Party, as embodied by former President Bill J. Clinton, do for the party's nominee?

They urged him to drop out to improve the shot of the former Republican, now Independent candidate, who promised, if elected, to caucus with the Democrats.

If ever there was an election drama that revealed the sheer contempt that Democrats have for their most loyal voting bloc (Blacks) this was the clearest, for the nominee was a Black man running for a seat in one of the whitest clubs in America -- the U.S. Senate.

In the last half-century, only 4 Blacks have served in the Senate: Edward Brooks of Massachusetts, Carol Moseley-Braun & Barack H. Obama of Illinois, and the gubernatorially-appointed Sen. Roland Burris from Illinois.

They have only served one at a time.

The Democrats want to keep the Senate as the most exclusive country club in the nation.

--(c) '10 maj

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