Saturday, March 29, 2008


Like it or not, Race has become the issue in this year's presidential campaign, which prompted a much-discussed speech last week by Sen. Barack Obama, one of the two remaining hopefuls for the Democratic nod. On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the U-S still has problems dealing with race because of a national "birth defect" which denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country's very founding.

Video clips of Barack Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, shouting, "God damn America," ignited the race row that has been dominating the Democratic presidential contest. Wright may become the chicken bone that gets stuck in the Obama campaign's throat... Rev. Michael Pfleger and Rev. Jeremiah Wright together again: “Hallelujah!” Update: Rock star reception, video link added. Conservatives have also accused Obama and his wife, Michelle, of displaying insufficient love for the country. Amazingly, two polls out this week by Pew and the Wall Street Journal both show that the Wright controversy has done little damage to Obama. Even John McCain, when questioned by reporters as to whether a candidate should be held accountable for the views of his pastor, would say only that “knowing Senator Obama..he does not share the extreme views..that I saw on television.”

Condoleezza Rice's success drew heated criticism in 2003 from Reverend Wright, who dubbed her "Condoskeeza" in a sermon.

Rice declined to comment on the Obama speech, saying only that it was "important" that Mr. Obama "gave it for a whole host of reasons."

She spoke quite forcefully on the topic, invoking personal and family experience to illustrate "a paradox and contradiction in this country," which "we still haven't resolved."

On the one hand, she said, race in the U.S. "continues to have effects" on public discussions and "the deepest thoughts that people hold." On the other, "enormous progress" has been made, which allowed her to become the nation's chief diplomat. reports that despite saying she wants to return to Stanford University, Rice has let it be known in Republican circles that she would consider running for vice president if asked.

One source told Newsmax that she expressed interest in the possibility when Rudy Giuliani was running for president. Another source said she has more recently let her interest be known discreetly within top Republican circles, presumably including John McCain’s camp.

On to Hillary Clinton: some Democrats have been suggesting Mrs. C. "make way for Obama" by getting out of the way --- stepping down from her candidacy. Guess who doesn't think that's a good idea? Barack Obama!
Party chief Howard Dean this week warned both sides to unify soon to avoid handing November's presidential election to the Republicans, and a top Obama backer, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, called openly for Clinton to quit.

But campaigning in Pennsylvania, a Clinton stronghold where the party's next nominating contest takes place on April 22, Obama told reporters in Johnstown: "My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants.

"Her name's on the ballot, and she is a fierce and formidable competitor, and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president," said the Illinois senator, who has a slim lead over Clinton.

"She should be able to compete, and her supporters should be able to support her for as long as they are willing or able."

Clinton herself told a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday that she had no intention of giving up before the nominating contests were over.
And that is as it should be! I've said it many time before: the 2008 Presidential Race is one of the best contests I've ever enjoyed watching!

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