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8/25/2008

R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the Democratic Convention

Filed under: 2008 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 12:06 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Lynn Sweet reports that Barack Obama’s campaign team plans to “smother diehard Clinton backers with respect” in the early days of the Democratic National Convention, but someone forgot to send the memo to Obama’s mentor and retiring Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones:

“A black Hillary Clinton delegate on Sunday accused state Senate President Emil Jones of calling her an “Uncle Tom.”

Jones — Barack Obama’s political mentor — denied using the racially loaded slur against Chicago political consultant Delmarie Cobb, but two aldermen who said they witnessed the Saturday night exchange back up Cobb’s account.”

The details of the conversation are halfway down at this link. My favorite part is when Cobb said Jones and 35,000 other Obama supporters at Springfield Saturday “drank the Kool-Aid.” Shortly after that is when Cobb said Jones called her an Uncle Tom.

Jones “emphatically” denied making the statement but one of the aldermen present, Freddrenna Lyle, later said “Emil, that’s bad even for you.” Another claimed Jones’ statement was made in jest. However, Cobb got in a parting shot when she responded that Jones was the ‘Uncle Tom’ because his close relationship with Mayor Daley and Gov. Blagojevich.

Cobb’s incident illustrates the reported rifts between Obama and Clinton partisans:

Cobb has been a high-profile Clinton supporter, and she said she is still paying the price in the African-American community.

“If people are still making digs at the Hillary Clinton people because we supported her, that is not going to bring us on board. It makes us feel as though we’re outsiders, and we’re Democrats,” Cobb said. “The litmus test for being black is [seen as] supporting Barack.”

Cobb said she saw Clinton supporters walking into an Illinois delegation meeting at the Marlowe Restaurant on Sunday and being handed Obama buttons, only to put the buttons in their pockets. That prompted the greeters to say, “You can tell the Hillary Clinton people, they never take the buttons.”

Barack Obama campaigned on the theme of unifying America and healing our partisan divisions. Now it looks like he’ll be fortunate to heal the divisions in his own Party.

— DRJ

13 Responses to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the Democratic Convention”

  1. Popcorn anyone?

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  2. This is just rich …

    JD (75f5c3)

  3. “If people are still making digs at the Hillary Clinton people because we supported her, that is not going to bring us on board. It makes us feel as though we’re outsiders, and we’re Democrats,” Cobb said. “The litmus test for being black is [seen as] supporting Barack.”

    Well, well, well! Now you black Hillarycrats know what blacks who aren’t Democrats have suffered from the likes of you for over four decades! It’s not fun being made to feel like you have to somehow earn your skin color, is it?

    L.N. Smithee (0931d2)

  4. However, Cobb got in a parting shot when she responded that Jones was the ‘Uncle Tom’ because his close relationship with Mayor Daley and Gov. Blagojevich.

    She just lost HER next election…

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  5. Funny how not too long ago the litmus test for being black was voting for… Bill Clinton. The times they are a changin’!

    Dana (b4a26c)

  6. Scott Jacobs wrote: She just lost HER next election…

    That’s right. The dead vote won’t turn out for her candidates now.

    L.N. Smithee (0931d2)

  7. However, Cobb got in a parting shot when she responded that Jones was the ‘Uncle Tom’ because his close relationship with Mayor Daley and Gov. Blagojevich

    Delmarie Cobb has balls. And L.N. is right.

    “Now you black Hillarycrats know what blacks who aren’t Democrats have suffered from the likes of you for over four decades!

    The Change + Hope ticket is proving to be less about healing than it is about the black power fist.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  8. I just mean that anyone in the Chicago area that speaks of the Daleys and Roddy like that do NOT get a second chance…

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  9. They couldn’t even make it to, much less through, the first day before playing the card!

    Oh, this is gonna be almost criminally easy. Okay, Oiram; the tally has begun:

    DNC: 2, GOP: 0

    Icy Truth (b746b7)

  10. Lynn Sweet reports that Barack Obama’s campaign team plans to “smother diehard Clinton backers with respect

    If a certain post-race candidate had good judgement, he would not have waited till the campaign gear was sitting in Denver to show respect to Hillary supporters. Maybe good judgement isn’t his thing after all.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  11. Hillary’s people should takeover the convention and nominate HRC for POTUS. The future of the Democrat Party depends on it. Now is the time for all good delegates to come to the aid of their Party. People the world over are watching. Act Now, or hang your heads in shame.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  12. They’re missing the entire point of “communitarianism”. Glad the popcorn’s ripe!

    htom (412a17)


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