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Who's in Charge of the Democrats?

As Kevin has noted below, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former State Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat once held by President elect Obama.

There is no lack of irony that Bobby Rush- (D-Black Panther Party) has laid down the gauntlet to Senate Democrats and President elect Obama in his statement:

"I don't think any U.S. senator ... wants to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the U.S. Senate."
He told reporters that Senate Democrats should not "hang and lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer."

This is the same Bobby Rush who, when challenged by Obama for his seat in Congress in 1999, joined with Jesse Jackson to put candidate Obama in his place during that election with these remarks, according to David Remnick:

"Jesse Jackson said that Rush "was and is an icon in the civil-rights movement" in Chicago and had established himself, first on the City Council and then in Congress. "So this relatively new guy, moving on him, didn't sit well," said Jackson, who supported Rush.

Rush did not hesitate to mock Obama as inauthentic--and, by inference, insufficiently black. "He went to Harvard and became an educated fool," Rush told the Chicago Reader during the campaign"."

So, what are we to make of the Blogo middle finger salute to the majority party in Washington and its President elect? Who is really running the Democratic Party today?

It's astounding to hear a former Black Panther Party founder lecture a Pesident elect in such a fashion. Is this a precursor to the dialogue of this next four years?


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Comments (18)

I seem to recall hearing th... (Below threshold)

I seem to recall hearing the phrase "post-racial" quite often during the campaign. I guess we're just adding that to the endless list of "Shit Obama said just to get elected."

Not quite. Obama is post ra... (Below threshold)
Venus Flytrap:

Not quite. Obama is post racial, it is Rush and Jackson who are clinging to old racial arguments. Blogo has nowhere else to go for support, so he has to play that old stupid card, too.

Damn, this is fun to watch.... (Below threshold)

Damn, this is fun to watch.

I thought Obamalala was goi... (Below threshold)

I thought Obamalala was going to bring us all together. Ironic that cronies from Chicago are giving Obamalala his first domestic heart burn.

"You can't pay for entertai... (Below threshold)

"You can't pay for entertainment like this."
Bigots or racial warlords, one and all.

Popcorn anyone?... (Below threshold)

Popcorn anyone?

Who's in Charge of the D... (Below threshold)

Who's in Charge of the Democrats?

The same group that is in charge of the Republicans?

Whoever IS in charge of the... (Below threshold)

Whoever IS in charge of the Democrats, just how do they get around these items?--

1. Constitution Article II requires USA President to be "natural born citizen".

2. BHO's website admits his dad was Kenyan/British, not American, citizen when BHO was born.

3. BHO is therefore not a "natural born citizen" (irrespective of Hawaiian birth or whether he may be a 14th Amendment "citizen" of USA) -- as confirmed in the Senate's own McCain qualification resolution agreed to by BHO.

4. Supreme Court has already docketed two upcoming conferences, 1/9/09 and 1/16/09 -- between dates Congress counts electoral votes (1/8/09) and Presidential inauguration (1/20/09) -- to address Berg Case and fashion relief on BHO's eligibility to be President.

5. Since no facts are in dispute, Supreme Court rules on Summary Judgment to enjoin BHO's inauguration as President.

6. Therefore, BHO is not inaugurated as President.

7. Vice President Elect Biden is inaugurated Acting President under the 20th Amendment to serve until new President is determined -- the procedure for which determination to be set out by Congress and/or the Supreme Court so long as in conformance with the Constitution.

TedYou smoke way t... (Below threshold)


You smoke way too much dope.

JFOWhile that may ... (Below threshold)


While that may be, your dope blows too much smoke.

"who's in charge"?<p... (Below threshold)

"who's in charge"?

Inmates and asylum come to mind.

BHO's website adm... (Below threshold)
BHO's website admits his dad was Kenyan/British, not American, citizen when BHO was born.

BHO is a natural born Citizen. He was born in the Jurisdiction of the USA and is therefore an American Citizen at birth jus soli
The next claim is that he was born outside the USA so he is not a citizen. However his mother was an American Citizen and he would be an American Citizen at birth through her blood
jus sanguinis even if born abroad.
As long as the following are true.

• One of your parents was a U.S. citizen when you were born;
• If you were born before November 14, 1986, you are a citizen if your U.S. citizen parent lived in the United States for at least 10 years and 5 of those years in the United States were after your citizen parent's 14th birthday.

Now if BHO father was a foreign Diplomat then he would not be natural born and would need to go through the Naturalization process. Which would make him ineligible for the Office of President of the USA.

As for who is in charge
I second Inmates

Sometimes it's better to be... (Below threshold)

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. In this case the Dems are lucky that the Repubs are such dummies, smart opponents would eat these guys for lunch.

You are confusing "citizen"... (Below threshold)

You are confusing "citizen" as under the 14th Amendment with "natural born citizen" under Article II which sets out that unique requirement to be President. It doesn't matter where BHO was born. He could have been born in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. So long as BHO's father was a Kenyan/British, not American, citizen when BHO was born, BHO is not, can not be, can never be, a "natural born citizen".

I would suggest you read the case law and legislative history around Article II and the 14th Amendment. Again, this is not to say whether BHO is a "citizen" of USA -- he may or may not be -- BUT IN ANY CASE, he is NOT a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.

EpadorGood one!</p... (Below threshold)


Good one!

Ted I respectfully... (Below threshold)


I respectfully disagree. You are either citizen of the United States at Birth (Natural Born) or through process (Naturalization).

The exception to the rule would be if BHO father was diplomat. If he was then BHO would not be an American Citizen at birth and his mother would have to petition INS to have him naturalized.

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

The constitution does not expand on what natural born means. It does provide for Congress to make laws to determine Citizenship. Under current law, BHO, received his citizenship at birth.

It up to SCOUTS and Congress to decide historically it not been a problem.

We have already had one President Serve who had an American Mother and an Irish father.

Ted, give it up. Check thes... (Below threshold)

Ted, give it up. Check these awards out (the only conservative weblog awards that matter):


Look for the Soggy Biscuit Award. I think this stale shit you're peddling would fall under that category of Wankery. The Wankosphere's best armchair detectives were on the case and the verdict is in: epic fail.

citizenship and interpreta... (Below threshold)

citizenship and interpretation is going to be of interest in the future to come.
I am not an O fan but if they had questions they needed this decided before the election.
my thoughts of the future are
eg Schwarzenagger

it does kind of yerk me that I am a naturalized citizen cause I was 2 months early and in France when I was born
while noncitizens can come over the border drop a newborn and the child is automatically a US citizen.
does this really seem right?






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