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Here he is. The shortsightedness of grown men is amazing.  Below Sg notes that this is brilliant political move by Blago. I guess that's true--in the most cynical, and immediate sense of the word "political." But in any sort of higher sense--in terms of actually getting anything done, in terms of attaching your name to an issue, in terms of doing anything beyond keeping your job--Blago ceased to be political brilliant a long time ago.

Obama's campaign this year was brilliant, in the sense that he kept his adversaries on defense. But it was also brilliant because it was in service of something--an argument for universal health-care, for an exit from Iraq, for an end to liberal defensive crouch. Now, one can agree or disagree with those issues. But the point is that Obama was not merely fighting for his job, but for actual issues.

Which leads me to Bobby Rush. Look that "lynching" statement is exactly what it is--crass and silly. One good thing about having a Barack Obama around, is that that sort of tactic doesn't become the face of black politics. That said, can we kill the phrase "Race Card?" Is that statement by Bobby Rush actually going to scare anybody? All the black people who see a racial angle in this, please post here. I desperately want to hear from you...

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