Splitting our differences: if McCain was smart...

It is very rare that the veep pick makes much of a difference in general elections. (ask Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle.) But every once in a while, there is an JFK-LBJ moment, that does make the difference of who becomes president.

I believe this year there are 5 such possibilities, only one of which is on the Dem side. Later, I will write diaries on the Dem candidate i believe could make a difference, James Webb, and the other GOP difference maker, Mike Huckabee. this diary is on the 3 GOP candidates who could make a HUGE difference by attempting to split the divisions that have been raised in the Democratic primary wide open.

the purpose of this diary is to emphasize how important it is to COME TOGETHER AS PARTY behind our eventual nominee.

If John McCain is brave enough, there are 3 candidates who could open up this divide if we don't heal it, and give the GOP new inroads into groups that usually provide the winning margin to Dems. these candidates are Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and Kay Bailey Hutchison. all of these candidates can help the GOP no matter who our nominee is.

in short, any of these three would give the GOP an answer to the Democrats historic ticket. granted, the GOP choice would be at the bottom the ticket, but McCain's age and the idea that he might only serve one term makes the historic implications very real.

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Is Sunday Morning Talk Show Apartheid: Really Gone?

Is "Sunday Morning Apartheid gone? Is there still a very clear division, an exclusion of blacks to a large degree on Sunday Morning Talk shows? Is America still a nation involved in " Sunday Morning Apartheid" or is Felicia Lee at New York Times right when she wrote, "Like the Candidates, TV's Political Pundits Show Signs of Diversity?

http://aapoliticalpundit.blogspot.com/20 08/04/is-sunday-morning-talk-show-aparth eid.html

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Black Americans Steadfast for Hillary Clinton

For a while now, it has been confirmed that [prominent blacks] are being threatened to support Obama...even receiving death threats. We all know that Jesse Jackson Jr. has his own part in the threatening. John Lewis has switched from Clinton to Obama, which I think is strongly do to threatening and not actually his own opinion, but that is my own thought and I cannot speak for him.

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Will black voters switch allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama?

Will black voters switch their allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama, now that he has won Iowa? why not?

Yes you heard me, why not! Hillary and Bill Clinton have used Black Voters Long Enough!

I'm no Fox News Fan or a huge fan of Juan Williams for that matter, but Juan Williams gets it right many times, and is right when he said, Blacks Support Clinton Because Of "Patronage Politics."

Unfortunately, Ellen at News Hounds just does not get it. As she reported on the blog News Hounds, During special coverage of the Iowa caucuses on FOX News last night (1/3/08), African American Juan Williams, a FOX News contributor, spoke stirringly about what a historic night it had been for America that a predominantly white state had selected a black man as its leading candidate for a presidential nomination.

Ellen goes on to report that a few moments later, "he (Juan Williams) smeared his own race with the dubious claim that the reason blacks love the Clintons is because of "patronage politics" that delivered money and other favors for their community."
http://aapoliticalpundit.blogspot.com/20 08/01/will-blacks-switch-their-allegianc e.html

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Gulf War, NOT Gulf Coast Recovery: Because of Race?

Let's be honest.  The entire history of the United States is built on racial hierarchy and discrimination.  In fact, as Michael Guerrero, the House of Representatives just decided on an exhibition to honor the African American slaves who built the Capitol building, brick by brick.  Racism is our national legacy -- and increasingly our main export.

Witness the War in Iraq.

In this great post on the Movement Vision Lab, Scott Douglas -- a veteran community organizer and leader from Birmingham, Alabama -- writes:

... our government would rather dominate and destroy people of color in Iraq than help people of color here at home.  

Douglas continues:

It is amazing to me that while 72% of people oppose the war in Iraq, the war continues. It's a war that is only hurting people, not helping, whose only point was control of oil.  Presiding over the escalating violence there is costing the United States $3 billion per day!  And yet Democrats and a few Republicans in Congress are only just now beginning to question the war's continuance, let alone it's original rationale.

Compare this to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma and the abysmal response of government.  After two years, there remains the stagnation of commitment led, first and foremost, by the federal government.  In Louisiana, issues revolve around building level five levees (levees that can take the shock of a Hurricane Katrina) and life-sustaining infrastructure such as water, power, gas and sewer services.  We must also restore the wetlands that offers nature's protection against storm surges.

But the unpopular AND expensive war is still prioritized over the needs of Black communities in our own Gulf region:

Across entire Gulf Coast, stretching from Texas to Alabama, affordable housing and living wage job opportunities are scarce. Thousands of families are still housed in FEMA trailers that contain deadly levels of formaldehyde.

Yet the federal government manages to scrounge up $3 billion per day to "rescue" Iraq.  Those of us in the Gulf Coast need to be rescued, too!

The fact of the matter is we're all in it together.  Iraqi lives are as important as the lives of the displaced residents along Katrina's path.  So why are we spending so much money destroying communities in Iraq while failing to re-build communities in America?  

Perhaps more pointedly, why do those of us who agree with the above prognosis fail to see this pattern as a symptom of broader, systemic racism?  

Why don't we see that the reason we could get away with attacking Iraq was race -- most notably, the stereotypes spread by government and media that continues to cast a pale of suspicion over all Muslim and Arab people in the US and abroad?  And why don't we see that the reason we have failed to help New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast is because of racism, plain and simple.  Do you really think our government would have let thounsands of wealthy white folks drown?

We need to talk about race, instead of ignoring.  We need to appreciate difference, instead of demanding assimilation.  We need to address racism, rather than denying it.

Sally Kohn is the Director of the Movement Vision Lab.

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