As most of you know by now, Jesse Jackson wants Obama’s nuts… I mean, wants to cut them off, er, rather did want to cut them off, but now doesn’t want to cut them off.
Ok, so now that we got that cleared up, lets get to the crotch crux of it…
I have been reading a great many blogs today, several newspapers, and even listened to a bit of Sirius Left…
Most of the comments about Obama’s nuts have left me rather surprised. I am hearing this meme getting pushed that Jesse Jackson’s statement wasn’t actually a campaign mistake. No… because how could the Precious make a mistake?
No, these people are actually claiming that it was a brilliant campaign move… and came up with some sort of twisted rationale that I choose not to repeat because it honestly makes no logical sense to me and I would not do it justice.
I have one simple comment/question tho… Have they gone from simply drinking the koolaid to foregoing the water and just snorting it?
Ummm… no, Jesse Jackson screwed up. He knew it and was forced to apologize.
Jesse is a very proud man and, at the very least he sees himself as being extremely dignified. He is a Reverend and a Civil Rights Leader. A man who marched with Martin Luther King. A Leader of the African American community.
There is NO WAY IN HELL that Jesse Jackson embarrassed the hell out of himself, ate crow, and was forced to apologize to Barry on purpose. He would never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do that. Ever.
So here are my observations…
Jesse Jackson has been kept out of the limelight by the Obama campaign. Obama has not wanted to seem like the “black” candidate, he wanted to make sure that he was seen simply as a candidate. The best way to destroy the ability to appear “post racial” is to have good ol JJ up front and center. They even went so far as to react in horror at being compared to Jesse Jackson in South Carolina. Bet that gave JJ some warm fuzzies.
In addition, Jesse Jackson rarely, if ever, makes public campaign appearances. This is purposeful and I am sure that the instructions to Jesse were direct, strong and to the point. Jesse is not one to avoid the camera… he likes the spotlight. Not as much as Rev. Al, but still, he is no wilting flower when it comes to public appearances.
No, Jesse has been relegated to the shadows. Jesse has been an incredibly powerful backroom strong arm politician and partisan, most notably with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus with which he has been BRUTAL. I am sure that he is not entirely pleased about being backstage instead of on it, even if he does understand.
I can also observe that the reaction out of Jesse is extremely similar to the reaction Bill Cosby got just a few years ago when he made some very similar speeches to Baracks Fathers Day “Baby Daddy” speech. I would say that the reactions to these two instances are virtually identical and come from the same place. It is much more likely that Jesse’s reaction was genuine.
This statement by Jesse also essentially gets him a ticket to under the bus land where he can join every other notable person, organization and/or core Democratic principle that Barack has come into contact with. And no one intentionally goes to under the bus land…
Jesse is too proud to throw himself under the bus, especially when it gains Obama next to nothing or nothing at all.
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