Friday, February 15, 2008

Who's playing the race card? Jesse Jackson Jr warns, vote for Obama or else

"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 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. Cleaver notes that some members of Congress who support Clinton are experiencing threats — not from fellow members but when they return home."

""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."

whole NPR article here

Clyburn: Superdelegates should keep quiet on candidate support

"While Clyburn said he'd prefer superdelegates not announce their support until much later in the nominating process, he said he also doesn't agree with superdelegates shifting support from one candidate to another based on how their constituents vote in a primary or caucus"

"Jesse Jackson Jr. Threatens Colleagues as Pandemonium Breaks Out Over Lewis "

"The egregious statement that Clinton didn't cry after Katrina was bad enough, the implications obvious. But in the hunt for a win for Barack Obama, which depends on superdelegates, Obama's national co-chair Jesse Jackson Jr. takes it a step further and floats a nakedly offensive suggestion to his African American colleagues. He takes his racist Katrina insult to the point of an out and out threat leveled at African American lawmakers currently supporting Hillary Clinton."

The press jumping on stories to push their preference of Obama on the public, at any cost:

Obama camp sends out email touting the backing of Super Delegate John Lewis and claiming Lewis has stated he's leaving Clinton. But a spokesman for Lewis says this story isn't true.

Don't assume Obama is a last minute candidate. This was all a process, a long planned out hard core strategy

Obama's donations to his Super Delegates

Obama's political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005, the study found, and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.

Clinton's political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.

Boston Globe
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