Between applauding the death of uninsured Americans, booing gay soldiers and cheering mass executions in Texas, the Republican presidential primary race has been quite a shock to those who understood “conservatism” to mean “pro-life” and “pro-military.”
Apparently “compassionate conservatism” retired the same year as George W. Bush.
It’s moments like these that have highlighted not only the moral decay of the conservative constituency but also the depths to which Republican presidential primary candidates will dive in order to woo the teabagger demographic.
I’ve been generally opposed to the idea of a Democratic primary, mainly because challenging any incumbent has the potential effect of dividing the party. But in President Obama’s case, and given the daily headlines coming out of the GOP primary race, I’m softening to the idea.
Ralph Nader and Cornel West have been on a quest for weeks to find a few challengers to the Democratic presidential throne. Their idea, so far fruitless and no more plausible than Nader’s own presidential campaigns, was not brainstormed as a means to actually replacing Barack Obama. It was theorized as a way to get the president to pay better attention to the liberal agenda.
Though questions about their mental health have surfaced, Nader and West are not so delusional to think the Obama campaign behemoth will fall to one of the nameless, faceless, yet-to-be-revealed and so far unannounced Democratic primary challengers. They merely wanted to push progressive policy ideas into the mainstream, which, with all the dramatic, overhyped inarguably unnewsworthy circus acts on display in the Republican primary race, isn’t a terrible idea.
Nader haz a sad. I haz a glad.
Fresh off the heels of The New York Times’ report that Black people still really love them some President Obama, comes the news that Nader’s progressive pony project isn’t going to meet the deadline for qualifying to enter the New Hampshire primary.
::cue tiny violins::
The man makes a good point about standardizing state elections but I’m not going to pretend that I’m not glad that Nader and his Princeton bros, Cornel West and Chris Hedges aren’t going to be lurking about just waiting to screw things up.
Six weeks ago, word got out about a progressive project that could have Ralph Nader playing a familiar role: Electoral scold. He was the best-known member of a coalition to recruit five progressive candidates to run, as Democrats, against Barack Obama. At 4:30 p.m. today, the coalition was going to face its first deadline: qualifying to enter the New Hampshire primary.
Nader’s group won’t make the deadline.
There was so much going on this week and so much emotion with the fight to save Troy Davis from being killed, I know I missed a lot of great articles that I’m just getting caught up on. As always, please add your links in the comments and let’s talk about shit!
1. ”Tavis Smiley and Cornel West: The Reign of Fools is Over”;
2. ”Does the West/Obama Controversy Constitute Blacks Airing Dirty Laundry?”;
3. ”Is the Attack on Prof. Melissa Harris-Perry’s Article Criticizing Prof. Cornel West Due to Male Academic Cronyism?”;
4. ”How Do Politicians Get People to Vote Against Their Own Interest?”;
5. ”Tavis/West: We Know We’re Hurting, Now Tell Us the Truth About Why”;
6. ”The Tavis/West Poverty Pimp Tour“;
7. ”Dr. Cornel West and Intellectual Rice Cake”;
8. Is the GOP Manipulating Black Intellectuals to destroy the First Black President?”
With Friends Like These…
As Dr. Cornel West continues his crusade to undermine our President, I keep hearing how he was once a supporter of President Obama. If he did claim to be a supporter, it was just that — a claim.
I decided to go back in time with the help of Google and find out if he ever REALLY supported Barack Obama and exactly when it was that Dr. West and his sidekick, Tavis Smiley, began their assault on our first black president.
I typed into the search bar the words “Cornel West Supports Obama” and then proceeded to weed through hundreds of hits about Cornel’s criticism of President Obama, page after page after page of links to stories about “black mascots” and “oligarchs and plutocrats” and “fear of free black men”. There were articles by conservatives and liberals, all using Cornel West to justify their own hatred and dislike for our President.
I came across one transcript from an interview he did with Amy Goodman about 2 weeks after the election where Dr. West very cautiously applauds the election of President Obama, but you can already begin to see the formulation of his strategy to undermine him.
Posted in Extreme Liberal, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, Obamaganda, Our Pundits of Perpetual Disappointment
Tagged Angry Black Lady, Cornel West, Election 2012, Melissa Harris Perry, Obama achievements, President Obama, primary, Ralph Nader, Soul Patrol, Tavis Smiley
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Every progressive who thinks a primary would be a good idea should read this, from Balloon Juice commenter Too Many Jimpersons (formerly Jimperson Zibb, Duncan Dönitz, Otto Graf von Pfmidtnöchtler-Pízsm?gy, Mumphrey, et al.):
Dude, if you don’t like something Obama has done—or hasn’t done—then by all means call him on it. He said as much way back while he was still running. Nudge him further the way you’d like him to go.
But for fuck’s sake, do it in a way that helps rather than hinders. Don’t start screaming about primary challenges because he hasn’t done everything you wanted. Don’t go all over Fox and screech that he’s a sellout and as bad as Bush was.
Those were a few handy “don’t”s. Here are some “do”s:
Go out and work for the candidates in the primaries who fit your bill. Show up at their offices and do shitty, dull work for them. Trudge through the rain canvassing on an October Saturday when you’d much rather be at home. Send them some money. If you don’t like who’s running, run yourself.
Those are helpful tips. But before you do all that that I suggested, here’s another “don’t”:
Ron Paul is waiting in the wings — TRUST.
We used to be homeys but then you dissed me, and now I must primary you.
Back in January, a little story caught my eye that hasn’t really gotten a lot of attention: the creation of a progressive-libertarian alliance between Ron Paul and Ralph Nader. At the time, I thought (and argued) that our progressive betters would attempt to bleed liberal support from President Obama in favor of Ron Paul and Ralph Nader.
To disaffected liberals or “emoprogs” (and there are not as many of them as the Professional Left and media would have you believe), Nader is all that’s green and holy and progressive. And while Ron Paul is all that’s libertarian and batshit crazy — and holds positions that are anathema to most progressive ideals, to boot — he is staunchly anti-war, and pro-weed legalization. This, of course, appeals to so-called progressives.
When I posted about this unholy progressolibertarian alliance back in January, it seemed to me that there was a problem with this new exercise in “transpartisanship” (to borrow a recently-coined term from Jane Hamsher); a lingering and pesky problem for our Progressive Betters. That problem, of course, is The Blacks™.
You see, The Blacks™ just love them some POTUS, and how in the hell could any nascent transpartisan progressive-libertarian alliance succeed if upwards of 80 percent of “Afro-Americans” support President Obama?
There has, of course, been noise of Cornel West becoming the Great Brown Hope for the white progressives. A black” in”, if you will; a way to reach black folks and potentially transfer some black support away from President Obama and to this new Alliance.1 But there was no serious talk of Cornel West joining any such doomed-to-fail effort; and so I waited for the other shoe — the third shoe — to drop.
Well, today, the third shoe dropped with a resounding “Pffft!“:
Posted in Balloon Juice Cross-Posts, Election 2012? Oy vey!, Libertarian Lunacy, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, Puritopians
Tagged Cornel West, Primary This!, puritopians, racism, Ralph Nader, Ron Paul, transpartisanship
If you do anything today, listen to these clips.
Steve Harvey questions the motives behind Tavis Smiley and Cornel West’s Poverty Tour and in the process sets straight the CBC and the Soul Patrol, and (by implication) firebaggers, and PUMAs. Even if you think you don’t like Steve Harvey, take the few minutes to listen to the clips.
There are three links on the page. Listen to each of them. I transcribed the clips as best as I could, but you really have to listen to them to get the full effect.
Here’s my transcript:
STEVE: Hey Morning Crew! Because you are not as deep into politics as I am, I think that there’s something you should know. Some members of the Republican party are not the only ones wanting President Obama to fail. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are doing a so-called Poverty Bus Tour under the guise of highlighting that issue — because we all know that poverty didn’t exist before January 20, 2009.
(ABL rant enclosed; click for head ‘splody goodness)
West and Smiley, two Negros who probably haven’t been near a black neighborhood since the days of the Rainbow Coalition, revved up their Poverty Tour bus and rolled through Detroit today, and Detroit was not having it.
See, West and Smiley are butthurt about blog knows what, and seem to spend most of their time whinging about Obama: he’s not free; he’s ignoring black people; he “fears free black men.”
The seemingly incessant attacks have not gone unnoticed. Certainly in the blogosphere, the black community routinely calls out the Soul Patrol and their tenured, book-selling asses for their bullshit. But it came as a surprise (to me, at any rate) that the discontent had spread to, like, real life:
The Fun Never Stops!
- Tavis and Corny Bus Tour of Stupid. Well guess what folks, Tavis and Smiley aka Tavis and Cornel sideshow is taking a cue from Sarah Palin and going on a bus tour. The Raw Story has the clip where Cornel West doubles down on his stupidity. You may disagree, but these two jokers are stupid.
Posted in Angry Black Links, Angry Black Reader Participation, Extreme Liberal, Our Pundits of Perpetual Disappointment, Puritopians
Tagged Cornel West, DADT, debt ceiling, Firedoglake, Grover Norquist, Jane Hamsher, Joy-Ann Reid, Obama, President Obama, puritopians, Tavis Smiley, The Reid Report