This whole thing makes me think of that great KRS line, "phone calls are made profiles are kept low..." As you guys likely know, Julian Bond, head honcho of the NAACP, recently came out to say that the Michigan and Florida delegates should be seated. Roland Martin did some digging on this and found out that Bon collaborated with some other old-school civil rights hands to get this done. This just seems like a hamfisted, clumsy attempt at politicking. The Essence:
As someone who has opposed the leverage of Iowa and New Hampshire, I'm in agreement that they should not always be first. Yet that has nothing to do with today, and Bond knows it.
What is unclear is why he waited so long (he also didn't notify the NAACP's 64-member board of the letter) and why, according to my NAACP sources, he wrote the letter with help from Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as well as Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
The letter was hurriedly drafted on Friday, as evidence by the three misspelled words in it. It's not clear why there was such a sense of urgency to get it out, but the fact that it came to light on Tuesday night when Obama was steamrolling Clinton in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia has some conspiracy-minded bloggers making all kinds of assertions.
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