Just 90 seconds but it’s a nice window into where everyone stands. We’ve been preoccupied with the GOP so we haven’t been following the standoff in Nevada between the Hillary-supporting teachers union and the Obama-supporting culinary workers union, but Obama fan Steve Sherman has. In brief, the culinary workers want caucus sites set up on the Vegas strip to make it easier for them to leave work and vote; the teachers are suing, claiming that the sites are illegal. Obama’s people naturally blame Hillary and are using it to motivate supporters. Who cares, you say? Well, you do, if you’re even vaguely weary of the left screaming about “voter suppression” every time they run against a Republican. Hillary’s hands here are about as clean as Huckabee’s are vis-a-vis those push-polls so just file it away for the general election, much as you’re filing away the many “shuck and jive”-type comments emanating from the halls of Clintonian tolerance these days.
The other thing happening here is racial politics, in the form of the guy who warns Obama’s team not to expect the culinary workers to break overwhelmingly for him just because the union’s endorsed him. Why not? Because, a la David Brooks’s concluding thought yesterday, 30-40% are Latino. And what’s the significance of that, wonders Luntz and a fellow focus grouper? No reply.
Update: A double bonus insofar as it’s not only a right hook to Clinton’s jaw but it turns media attention back towards some of the more “eccentric” aspects of this guy’s preaching.
On Sunday morning – amid intensified crossfire between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama over the use of race in the Democratic presidential campaign – Wright was preaching from the Gospel of John, using his powerful style to link the story of the loaves and fishes to a contemporary political message…
Some argue that blacks should vote for Clinton “because her husband was good to us,” he continued.
“That’s not true,” he thundered. “He did the same thing to us that he did to Monica Lewinsky.”
Many in the crowd were on their feet, applauding – amazed, amused and moved by the fiery rhetoric of their preacher, who is about to retire.