Gwen Ifill, the moderator of Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, has a book coming out in January called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”
From the editorial reviews at Amazon:
In THE BREAKTHROUGH, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama’s stunning presidential campaign and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.
Ifill argues that the Black political structure formed during the Civil Rights movement is giving way to a generation of men and women who are the direct beneficiaries of the struggles of the 1960s. She offers incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama, and also covers up-and-coming figures from across the nation. Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis of such issues as generational conflict and the “black enough” conundrum, Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history.
Unless, you know, he doesn’t win. Then it would be less pivotal.
And the book might not sell so much.
Oh, by the way:
This title will be released on January 20, 2009.
That’s the day that
Ifill hopes Obama will be sworn in as President the next President will be sworn in.
But none of this could possibly have an effect on the way she moderates the debate, right? In fact, viewers shouldn’t even be told about it. Right?
And I’m sure they won’t be.
Unless Sarah Palin tells them.
And Palin should tell viewers — the very first time that Ifill throws a dirty, cheap shot her way.
Michelle likes to remind audiences her husband is just a man—at once extraordinary and quite ordinary—a man who forgets to pick up his socks. Her intent is to humanize the man many see as the Great Black Hope. . . . “You’ve got to make trade-offs in life. I’m okay with that. I’ve come to realize I am sacrificing one set of things in my life for something else potentially really positive.”
That “something” is the vision of her husband in the White House as the nation’s first African-American president. If that sounds audacious, that’s because it is.
Ifill doesn’t add, but is clearly thinking: But I’ll do what I can to make it happen!