I’ve been wanting to get to this story for days. Now I simply must because the reports are coming in fast and furious about just how ugly this is getting — and the race card is getting played, by blacks against blacks, in the most vicious ways. The Obama campaign? They’re pushing the racial divisions, sending a misleading NYT story on Lewis everywhere. Obama and crew WANT this ugliness to continue:
- Obama Co-Chair Jesse Jackson Jr. is THREATENING superdelegates (“Jesse Jackson Jr. Threatens Colleagues as Pandemonium Breaks Out Over Lewis“). Rep. Jackson is threatening to harm their own reelections!
“Many of these guys have offered their support to Mrs. Clinton, but Obama has won their districts. So you wake up without the carpet under your feet. You might find some young primary challenger placing you in a difficult position” in the future, he added. … (A.P./Google News)
- Obama is buying superdelegates with his “big money reach.” A comparison:
Obama: $694,000 (40% of his superdelegates)
Clinton: $194,000 (12% of her superdelegates)
- Although Obama’s campaign and the MSM have pushed the story that Rep. John Lewis, the legendary Civil Rights hero, has switched from Clinton to Obama, his staff says that that is not true. But Lewis is under unbelievable pressure, and he is the victim of vicious robo-calls (and Missouri’s Rep. Cleaver is also getting nasty pressure):
[Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus] says some — such as John Lewis — have become the victims of “robo-calls.” In Lewis’ case, the calls said “very, very derogatory things about him.”
[Cleaver says] “I had a person in my district send out a newsletter, for which I know he didn’t pay, distributed primarily in the African-American community, in which he suggested that I had been paid by Sen. Clinton to support her. I don’t know if there’s anyone who [is African American] who hasn’t taken some grief for supporting Sen. Clinton.”
For more, see Taylor’s story, in which she astutely observes:
Vote for Barack Obama, or you just might “find some young primary challenger” stepping in to take your job. It’s hard to know where to start, but considering Jesse Jackson Jr. has done this sort of race baiting before for the Obama campaign, I cannot say that I’m surprised. There is, however, something so offensive about his threat that it smacks of the same type of hierarchical control African Americans, especially John Lewis, have always fought against, only this time it’s a black man in the position of power telling people how they must use their vote or else.
Cleaver says he hasn’t faced lobbying from other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, but that he and colleagues in the group, such as Jesse Jackson Jr., joke about his support of Clinton.
“We’ll go back and forth and back and forth. He says to me, ‘Cleaver, let’s say we’re at the convention in Denver and everything is all tied up and it all boils down to you, you have the last superdelegate vote. Do you want to go down in history as denying the first African American a seat in the Oval Office?’ And it’s a powerful question.
“I always answer the question by saying, ‘Loyalty trumps everything,’” including race, Cleaver says.
Cleaver notes that some members of Congress who support Clinton are experiencing threats — not from fellow members but when they return home.
They have been told that they would face opposition in their next election if they do not support Obama, and Cleaver says some — such as John Lewis — have become the victims of “robo-calls.” In Lewis’ case, the calls said “very, very derogatory things about him.”
Cleaver, too, has experienced some troubles.
“I had a person in my district send out a newsletter, for which I know he didn’t pay, distributed primarily in the African-American community, in which he suggested that I had been paid by Sen. Clinton to support her. I don’t know if there’s anyone who [is African American]
Seeing Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri pressured by Jackson, with Cleaver’s response: “There’s nothing going on right now that would cause me to” change his support from Clinton, brought me back to growing up in Missouri. This is a state with quite a bit of history regarding race. It’s a troubled past, like much of the country. The veiled threat coming from Jackson hits that dangerous strain in Missouri politics, which few native Missourians will miss. Others beyond the Show Me state will sense it too.
Never in a million years would I vote for Hillary Clinton only because she’s a woman. She happens to be the most competent person in the field of candidates. Jackson’s suggestion that his colleagues switch their votes to vote for the African American, or face the threat of a primary challenge, is not only anti-democratic, but racist. It’s not the first time the race card has been played by the Obama campaign. They sent out a memo in South Carolina pushing it. But not until things got tight did they overtly threaten African American lawmakers directly.
It’s understandable that a lawmaker vote his constituents’ will. However, what the Obama campaign has done through Jesse Jackson Jr.’s audacious threat is make race the reason to do so. It’s a deadly decision.
Be sure to read all of Taylor’s well-vetted, highly detailed article, “Clyburn, Superdelegates and Robo-Call Threats.”
And here’s a poignant story that Rep. Cleaver tells to illustrate his point about loyalty to his chosen candidate, Sen. Clinton — for which he is being chided by many Black Caucus members — in the midst of the unbelievable pressure on him to fold and support Obama, via NPR:
Cleaver relates a story to illustrate his point.
During this year’s State of the Union speech, Cleaver was sitting with his friend and colleague, Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee.
Cooper got up to leave temporarily and asked Cleaver to hold his seat. An African diplomat saw the empty seat and asked Cleaver if he could sit in it. Cleaver responded that he was holding the seat for someone.
When Cooper — who is white — returned, Cleaver told him, “I was holding a seat for you, but a black man came along, and I didn’t know him well, didn’t know him at all. … Should I give this seat to a black man because he’s black? Or should I hold the seat for my friend, someone who lives down the hall from me, who I work with every day?”
Cooper responded: “I get the point.’”
“For me, that’s the way life is. You don’t abandon your friends,” Cleaver says.