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Obama Said To Want African-American Senate Successor Appointed

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed wonders, Who would replace Obama's Senate seat? She's plugged into Chicago's upper-tier social scene, and what she says she hears should be stunning.

Sneed hears Barack Obama wants an African American to fill his U.S. Senate seat if he wins the presidency.

• • The upshot: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants the spot.

• • Hmmmm. That places Gov. Blagojevich, who is charged with selecting Obama's replacement, in a tricky place.

• • To wit: Sneed hears Gov. Blago, who dismisses reports of a federal probe, wants to run for office again -- and believes replacing Barack with an African American is a smart political move. But he is being urged to select state Sen. Donne Trotter, a close friend of Obama mentor/Senate President Emil Jones, to fill the spot.

• • Another dilemma: Sneed is also told U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who is this/close to Obama and was a major Obama supporter from the get-go, is pitching to have state veteran affairs chief Tammy Duckworth fill Obama's spot, and had the ear of Gov. Blago until recently. Blago is also a big Duckworth fan.

What's a fella to do?

The Jackson dynasty ...

The big question? If Obama's Senate seat goes to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., will Jackson endorse his wife, rising political star, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), to run for his congressional seat? Thus, the power couple could spend more quality time together?

• • Fire and Ire? Wouldn't this infuriate state Reps. Marlow Colvin and David Miller, who have waited their turn for a chance to move into Junior's seat if he were to step down?

Stay tuned.

Stay Tuned? No, how about 'Rewind'?

Can you imagine the fury that would surround the McCain campaign if John McCain was referenced as wanting a white American selected to take his seat by Arizona's governor if he were elected? Joe the Plumber's license status, tax status, marital status, and home address would be memories as distant as James Madison's words in Federalist No. 41.

As Chicago's Jerry Agar said so pointedly Friday filling in for Mark Levin, change the first sentence to read that McCain wants a white Senate successor and "see if any newspaper would run that line and just casually go on with the rest of the column." I think we know what the cries would be. And they would be correct cries.

But that's not what was written. And there are no cries.

And it's a sure bet that no one will press Michael Sneed for her sources. It's also a sure bet that the Obama campaign has been busy since Friday pre-emptively contacting them beforehand, and working up talking points to dismiss Sneed as nothing but a gossip columnist.

Be that as it may, believing in Obama requires more and more "suspension of disbelief," as the junior Senator from New York once famously said to General David Petraeus of a "Surge" that actually worked.


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Comments (25)

I hate to say it, but I'm a... (Below threshold)
ECM:

I hate to say it, but I'm about as numb as anyone else to the 'good' racism practiced by those that are afforded such privilege by our Fascist friends.

"Sneed hears" ......follow... (Below threshold)
Indie:

"Sneed hears" ......followed by paragraphs of innuendo and desperate reaches into pockets of smear and more innuendo.

"dismiss Sneed as nothing but a gossip columnist".......no, no way, who would think that?

It's almost titillating to see the republicans getting their panties all in a wad from squirming while truth surrounds them and sinks their well planned strategery. Even your biggest blowhard Rush can't pull this one out of the hat and god knows he's trying.

People have had it with all the lies, the smear and the spin. Sneed is just another desperate loyalist. Fooled us twice....not three times....no way, no how, no McCain/Palin.

I'm getting to be pretty "l... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

I'm getting to be pretty "long in the tooth" and have observed and voted in many a general election. I cannot recall ever feeling fear until this one.

It just seems like it happened overnight that my country has fallen under a spell and that there is literally nothing that Obama might do that would cause any consternation at all to those who bow in his direction, nothing. I am truly beginning to feel genuine fear as I contemplate what this man is getting ready to do with "real" power if just his pretension to power allows him carte blanc as never seen before in America.

Alan Keyes is probably avai... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

Alan Keyes is probably available.

[evil grin]

Can you imagine the fury... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Can you imagine the fury that would surround the McCain campaign if John McCain was referenced as wanting a white American selected to take his seat by Arizona's governor if he were elected?

Sure can. If hypothetically he were the only white man in the Senate, then no.

Yes, Parthenon, we certainl... (Below threshold)

Yes, Parthenon, we certainly must maintain the Senate quota for black racists.

I don't know the answer to ... (Below threshold)

I don't know the answer to this, so forgive in advance my lack of knowledge of Chicago.

Is Sneed generally reputed to be pro or anti Obama?

Sneed hears that she is a "... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Sneed hears that she is a "gossip columnist", not a "journalist". Therefore, she is not held to the same high standards of ethical perfection we've come to expect from the legitimate media.

(cough)

Sneed is well connec... (Below threshold)
Larry:


Sneed is well connected, period. And she is an Obama supporter. She is also into gossip. The real deal here is that most often what Emil Jones wants, Emil Jones gets, period. Durbin does have influence, but he doesn't displace the same level of water in state politics as does Emil Jones. Nor does he carry the same weight with BHO.

Indie, don't get your shorts in an uproar, this is internal Democratic/Illinois politics as usual. Don't worry your little pointed head that the Repubs have any dog in the fight. Your knee jerk post was way off base for that reason.

While Jesse was an early supporter of Obama, his dad has run his mouth too much even with Jr. going to the mat to disassociate himself.

Again, Emil is the power. Whoever is chosen will have his blessings, period.

I was thinking about this t... (Below threshold)
rw Author Profile Page:

I was thinking about this the other day, and the obvious answer is..... Michelle Obama.

Negative four comment score... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Negative four comment score? Ah, come on! Dis iz rigged!

Hey, I'm all for a meritocracy in principle, believe me. But one black guy in a country that's 13% African-American? That's a little weird. I'm not saying I want thirteen black Senators. But as long as the dude's competent, I don't see an issue with making sure there are more colors in the box of crayons.

It's all about race... Supp... (Below threshold)
bill-tb:

It's all about race... Supposed all the whites voted for the white guy, what would that be called?

indie - "It's almost ti... (Below threshold)
marc:

indie - "It's almost titillating to see the republicans getting their panties all in a wad from squirming while truth surrounds them and sinks their well planned strategery."

Actually you got the "titillating" part right.

It's absolutely titillating to see Biden explain away the sliding obama polling numbers by pulling The Race Card.

Wonder if he was standing in a 7/11 surrounded by East Indians when he said it?

Crazies....freaking crazies... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Crazies....freaking crazies. The closer to the election the more unhinged the irrelevant righties become.

Powell only endorses Obama because he's black in your perverted, twisted minds. I remember not too long ago that the Republicans wanted him to be the presidential nominee. He was right today that the republican party has become a party of the extreme fringe right. Any wonder why your party will be in the wilderness soon?

Now we have a gossip columnist musing about something and of course it must be gospel to you extremists because you just want to yell and holler that Obama is a racist. What a freaking joke.

lawyer marcI try to ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

lawyer marc
I try to ignore you because you're an idiot. But I can't on this one.
Your thoughts have always been stale. Have you ever had an original one? For Christ sake the race card??????? That's a legitimate observation you dense fool. Of course it's going to be difficult for some people. Do you know a damn thing about the history of this country? I doubt it.

Tammy Duckworth would be a ... (Below threshold)

Tammy Duckworth would be a good choice. Disabled combat vet, reached rank of major I believe. Indicates smarts, discipline. Has to be better than Barry Obama.

No bigotry here. Move alon... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

No bigotry here. Move along now.

JFO - "lawyer marc"</em... (Below threshold)
marc:

JFO - "lawyer marc"

Take a flying leap off a short pier. (that's the nice version)

Put another way, go fu*k yourself.

Marc, don't let King Idiot-... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Marc, don't let King Idiot-JFO get under your skin. He is a known racist as is Parthy. They see color, not qualifications. The GRand Pooba of the senate is Byrd, who is a racist democrat. Party said it himself about having different colors in the box, well, how about an asian? Hispanic? No, just black.

JFO lecturing someone on knowing their history? I am still laughing. ww

"If hypothetically he we... (Below threshold)

"If hypothetically he were the only white man in the Senate, then no."

"...because you just want to yell and holler that Obama is a racist."

Well, I for one, know our history and I remember some 40 years ago a man saying, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

I have a dream, too, that one day we'll actually live up to that standard and stop making the color of one's skin a prerequisite for the application of judgment or reward.

Parthenon has no problem with excluding certain people for 'quota' reasons. He doesn't see a problem with reward within a certain group rather than as simply human beings.

JFO harps that the 'unhinged right' calls Obama a racist after numerous times calling entire groups of others 'racist'.

If the best person happens to be black, or asian, or hispanic, or once lived in a trailer park, I want it to be the best "person" for the job.

I'm so. very. tired. of hea... (Below threshold)
Jake:

I'm so. very. tired. of hearing white guys complain about racism. Interesting, we don't hear much of your complaints about women hoping for other women to get a shot at moving up the food chain. Perhaps because you have a wife/girlfriend at home who would be angry with you if you applied this same logic to women rather than minorities?

Oyster, I suppose my best r... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Oyster, I suppose my best reply is that I'm a little conflicted over it. I'd love to see a straight meritocracy, it's just damned ODD that a country that is 13% of African descent would have 1% of its Senators be of African descent. I'm not saying a white senator can't represent black people adequately, nor that a black senator can't represent whites or hispanics or asians or anything like that. I'm only saying that a discrepancy of 12% seems to be outside the usual margin of statistical coincidence (I'll grant that I'm no statistician). It appears to me that there is some sort of exclusionary barrier at work here. I loathe the truth of affirmative action but support the principle, if that makes sense. What could be at work here OTHER than echoes from the era of institutionalized exclusion? How can we have a true meritocracy if certain sectors of society don't have an artificial pull up (not even necessarily equal to the 'push down' they experienced for several centuries)?

Party said it himself ab... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Party said it himself about having different colors in the box, well, how about an asian? Hispanic? No, just black.

Well there already is one asian guy (Hawaii's Sen. Inouye), but no other black guys. Not sure about the Hispanics. But any sort of representative diversity in this diverse of a country would be a good thing. One would think it would happen naturally. I don't honestly know why it doesn't.

Hey, I'm all for a... (Below threshold)
Hey, I'm all for a meritocracy in principle, believe me. But one black guy in a country that's 13% African-American? That's a little weird.

Not necessarily. You need to read Thomas Sowell. He has spent years documenting the racial and cultural disparities among various professions and how these disparities do not mean discrimination, prejudice, or racism.

That is what you're implying, isn't it? That the reason the United States Senate isn't 13% African-American is because of racism?

That is what you're impl... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

That is what you're implying, isn't it? That the reason the United States Senate isn't 13% African-American is because of racism?

I'm saying I don't know why. I can't think of any other plausible reason other than the cultural legacy of racism, not necessarily modern racism. I'll check out this Sowell gentleman, never heard of him but I'd be interested in another theory. It seems to me that there'd be more like seven to sixteen black senators if there weren't some other factor involved. Absent a better theory, do we give a country with a long and deep history of racism the benefit of the doubt or do we assume the worst?




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