Obama on The View, Sherrod, and Rangel

POTUS was on the View.  Uhggg… I guess that politics in 2010.  It’s nice to know he doesn’t know who Snookie is.  I am not opposed  to President Obama going on the View, I guess I am just upset I had to watch the View.

Shirley Sherrod say’s she will file a lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Briegtbart.  Ok.  I guess that’s an option.  Will she also file against her former employer?  Should she?

The House Ethics Committee announced 13 ethic charges against NY Congressman Charlie Rangel.  I hate to say this about my fellow St, John’s Law School Alumnus, but he needs to settle this even if it means his resignation and he should have done it last week.  He has had a wonderful 40 year career in Congress and I would hate to see it end with his removal.  The battle over the finer points of the law and whether or not he broke any rules will not be the determining factor here.  At the end of the day, a vote will occur, in Congress, weeks if not days before an election.  I find it hard to believe that many House members will view this on the substance of the legal arguments as applied to the facts of his case and not on how it will influence the election.  The GOP will make Rangel a focus of their Fall campaign regardless of what comes out in the trial.  Public opinion will determine how House members vote especially those in tough races.

At the end of the day, politics will win out even if Charlie makes his case.  He knows this and this is why a deal will be struck soon.

The Sherrod Charade…

When a ridiculous right wing blog put up a highly edited tape accusing a long time federal official of racism against white people someone in the administration should have looked for the entire tape. I just watched it. In fact it’s the exact opposite of racism and its disgusting what happened to her. Mark Twain once said “a lie can travel half way around the world before the truth can put its boots on.” This was a lie and it traveled fast… Thank God the truth caught up to it.

Shirley Sherrod grew up in a South I pray is much different then it is today. Her father was murdered by a white supremacist and his killer never brought to justice. The speech was about how she reached an epiphany that whites and blacks share the problems of poverty and how she dedicated her career to help poor southern farmers regardless of race. No one who watches the entire speech can think anything else. The farmer and his wife were all over the news praising her work and how she saved their farm.

The blogger (who I won’t even name)is a race baiter and should never be taken seriously. Secretary Vilsack made a huge mistake by not taking a deep breath before they reacted to the reports. He and the administration are doing the right thing by admitting they got it wrong and apologizing to her.