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Friday, January 26, 2007


From fellow blogger Jill Tubman, over at JackandJillPolitics :

This is a novel approach notable for its daring. You had to figure that the new power and unity of the Congressional Black Caucus with one member as a presidential candidate and a few others as committee chairs has to be scary. This is a direct, racist attack that I am willing to bet that more wingnuts will be pushing as the CBC begins to assert their growing power.


"It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race," said the Colorado Republican, who is most widely known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration.
Now, if a white congressman is representing a district that is 70% African-Americans, you would think he could ask the Congressional Black Caucus for some help in providing accurate representation. And, because it is the Congressional Black Caucus, who would be in a better position and have a better opportunity to educate their white peers about the issues faced by African-Americans in the community than the CBC? While they denied Cohen's entry into the CBC, per se, they also didn't bother to discuss how they would be willing to work with him.

And it can't be because they are angry, sad, whatever, at the fact they don't count Harold Ford, Jr. among their ranks anymore. He's the Derelict of the bunch among their ranks that they couldn't reign in, or count on for unanimity, and he was always going contrary to the CBC's agenda, while former Chair Mel Watt (D-NC) always provided him, Albert Wynn (D-MD), Artur Davis (D-Alabama), David Scott and Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia) cover for their treachery.

But handing a racist like Tom Tancredo (R-ReThug/CO), ammunition to begin destroying the ethnic caucuses like Newt Gingrich did back in 1994 (cutting off their Congressional Budget) goes beyond the pale, cause he's not going to stop at the CBC. They can't even claim the status of being Congress' conscience, when they show how much their own consciences have been seared by a quest for power they didn't really have, and allowing their marginalization by the likes of the first Woman Speaker of the House, and in concert with the DLC.

It will be, ahem, interesting, at least, to see how girlfriend from Detroit is going to battle this new development, preventing Tancredo's concept from gathering steam and escalating into full blown war. It will also be interesting to see how Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Caucus responds to the threat. If the CBC is left to fend for themselves, the Latino and Asian Caucus better take note - ethnicity when it's convenient, and disgarded when it becomes trouble.

My concern is whether or not the CBC will read the memo...THIS TIME.

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