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Blacks Say Whites Hijacking Senate Seat

From a highly concerned (and colorblind) Chicago Sun-Times:

Black leaders see Senate seat being hijacked

December 15, 2008

LAURA WASHINGTON LauraSWashington@aol.com

Bye bye, black Senate seat! The political blackbirds are singing a swan song for the hopes of keeping a U.S. Senate seat in African-American hands. The Rod Blagojevich implosion may have dealt that cause a fatal blow.

Last week’s stunning pay-to-play charges led to calls around the nation for a special election to choose President-elect Barack Obama’s successor.

That possibility has provoked outrage among black community leaders and politicians. Not so fast, they are saying.

Last month, the Concerned Clergy of Illinois demanded that the governor appoint a "qualified" African American "who can fill this vacancy and who has the capacity to be re-elected when [Obama’s] term ends in 2010." The problem, as I wrote then, is that black leaders were at odds on who should get the nod.

After the Blago bomb hit, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago’s 1st Congressional District gave some big love to the beleaguered Senate wannabe, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The minister’s group is solidly behind him.

"We don’t know what the future holds for Congressman Jackson, but I tell you, he’s a fine young man," Rush said. "I’ve known him since he was a toddler. I’m very proud of his accomplishments and achievements in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I think that he’s a man of quality."

In an interview on MSNBC, Rush added, "I think that we should have at least one African American in the United States Senate, and I think that African American should be Jesse Jackson Jr."

Oh, what a difference a few days can make. Rush may be Jackson’s South Side seat mate, but they are hardly kissing cousins. Those two have had their spats, to say the least.

Meanwhile, the concerned clergy, a cadre of several dozen prominent black ministers, are "appalled" by the fallout of the sensational federal investigation. They see it as a thinly veiled attempt by white pols to hijack the seat, says Stephanie Gadlin, the coalition’s spokeswoman.

While they aren’t ready to coalesce around Jackson, they are gearing up for a fight. There’s a massive conspiracy afoot, Gadlin says. "We see it for what it is. What we are really looking at is ‘The Luck of the Irish’ — two Madigans, Fitzgerald, Durbin, Cullerton, Claypool, Daley, and all the rest. They’re making a power play to regain the control of the politics, money and jobs in this state."

An invigorated push for Triple J may be a tad premature. Still, I am heartened that black leaders may finally be learning the lesson that politics is about addition, not subtraction. Until the Blagojevich debacle, they were flopping around divided and ineffectual, bickering and floating an avalanche of names: Davis, Burris, Jarrett, Jackson, Jones, Raoul, Turner, blah, blah, blah.

Those good old crabs. It’s time to deep-six the late, great Shirley Chisholm’s apt political metaphor: We are "like crabs in a barrel, crawling all over each other, so nobody gets to the top."

The obstacles to "keeping the seat" are manifold:

Illinois’ Powers That Be are hurtling headlong into election mode. The Legislature will convene today to hammer out legislation to mandate an election, no doubt in record time. The appointment option is fading fast.

White voters don’t and won’t accept the idea that America and Illinois need — and deserve — a black senator. (When the Senate was all white, they never complained).

Black folks need The Big O to endorse the concept of keeping the seat. That’s not going to happen.

Finally, until last week, Jackson was the viable choice, and he was ready (perhaps too ready) to rock. Now, right or wrong, he’s tainted. His claims of innocence are unequivocal, but in Illinois politics, you’re guilty until proven innocent.

Unless Jackson can vanquish the cloud of suspicion, the seat may be history.

Wouldn’t Martin Luther King be proud?

Sheesh.

By the way, this is our unbiased reporter, Laura Washington.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Blacks Say Whites Hijacking Senate Seat”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Meanwhile, the concerned clergy, a cadre of several dozen prominent black ministers

    Wait a minute. Where is the left screaming about separation of church and state. Here we have ministers directly influencing who is going to be in the Senate. Just kidding of course. We all know laws and rules apply only to Republicans and are merely tools the lefties use for propaganda purposes.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Good God, What is wrong with that womans eye?

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Whoa! Hey I thought that guy from Manilli Vanilli was dead! The years were not kind to him for sure!

  4. proreason says:

    She’s ugly enough to merit the seat herself.

    But seriously, the seat has to go to an offspring of the Obamy himself. Judge Kennedy should revoke the Constitution’s fatally flawed requirement that children are not elibible.

  5. crosspatch says:

    Since when does a seat in Congress “belong” to any particular race in this country?

    I swear, articles such as this one portray black people as absolute racist bigots.

  6. DEZ says:

    They can see nothing further than someones skin color, “the Concerned Clergy of Illinois demanded that the governor appoint a “qualified” African American ”

    Thats right, not white, not yellow, red or even brown, but black.
    Screw the lot of em!

  7. curvyred says:

    Should not the fine clergypeople have their tax-exempt status revoked?

    “Last month, the Concerned Clergy of Illinois demanded that the governor appoint a “qualified” African American “who can fill this vacancy and who has the capacity to be re-elected when [Obama’s] term ends in 2010.”

    Imagine if one of the famous white Evangelists suggested replacing HRC with only a white woman, outrageous!

  8. VMAN says:

    I dream of a day when a man will be judged on the content of his character NOT the color of his skin. Sorry Dr King.

    • DEZ says:

      “I dream of a day when a man will be judged on the content of his character NOT the color of his skin”

      Sounds like one race never listened.

  9. MCHammer says:

    Dr. King’s dream has not been realized yet…

    • VMAN says:

      I believe that the dream was realized and somewhere along the way it was forgotten or just wasn’t cool or we all had to be hyphenated Americans. I would say a large percentage of blacks do not hold the same values as O and yet they couldn’t see past his skin color when they voted.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Dez……they only voted for their half of the man, the other half don’t count. Had he looked more like his mother, he wouldn’t be where he is cause it wouldn’t be kool!!


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