It's not enough that the two candidates for the Democratic nomination would never even be there were it not for the fact that one is black and one is a woman, but now Howard Dean has put his foot back in its customary location - his mouth.
Dean says the Republican field "looks like the 1950s and talks like the 1850s."
Interesting. In the 1950's, the Republicans were the party of civil rights, and in the 1850s, the Dems were the party of slavery. The Republicans were founded to combat slavery.
Not to be outdone, Obama has said he'll get tough – with Canada – over NAFTA. WOW! He'll court Iran and Venezuela, but our friendliest ally and one of the only NATO members fighting alongside us in Afghanistan, that one he's gonna rough up a bit.
I've always felt that closer scrutiny would cause Obama to unravel, but now I'm getting a little worried that his unraveling will take place before he's sewn up the nomination.
Meanwhile, other black politicians continue to demonstrate that they'd be a better candidate than Obama. They are being pressured to endorse Obama, and they are even receiving threats, but they aren't bending
Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-Calif.), a Clinton supporter, said:.
"I’ve gotten threatening mail" of the nature: "Your district went 61-29 Obama and you need to change."
Representative Watson continued: "But I don’t intimidate…. I would lose my seat over my principles."
And Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) is perhaps even more interesting. Also a Clinton backer, he's a superdelegate who says that other black superdelegates are receiving "nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.
Now here's the best part:
Cleaver states, "This is the politics of the 1950s."
And coincidentally, the Cleaver name was also prominent in the 1950s, and it was virtually synonymous with principle.
Good luck, Howie, the race you're in puts you at a disadvantage.
And speaking of race, if you're like me, you usually really enjoy Black History Month, but I gotta say, this one's the best ever! If only it didn't have to end tonight, but at least we got an extra day this year. I know that may not seem like much, but every day counts when it comes to Obama's maturity.