Obama is marching into Pennsylvania as something he hasn't been in a while: the underdog. Clinton is ahead of her fellow Democrat and rival by an average of 17 points at the polls.
Well, Obama has not only Axlerod, but also that idiotic Amber Lee Ettinger -- "the Obama girl." Lately she returned with another idiotic piece called 'Hillary, stop the attacks!'http://weblogs.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/blog/2008/03/obama_girl_returns_hillary_sto.html
On the Sunday in 2003 when Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. shouted "God d a m n America" from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ, he defined d a m n a t i o n as God's way of holding humanity accountable for its actions. Rattling off a litany of injustices imposed on minorities throughout the nation's history, Wright argued that God cannot be expected to bless America unless it changes for the better. Until that day, he said, God will hold the nation accountable. And that's when Wright uttered the three words that have rocked Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.On the Sunday after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Wright preached on the "brutally honest" final verses of Psalm 137, which he said "spotlight the insanity of the cycle of violence." The sound bite taken from the sermon is something Wright on that day termed a "faith footnote," in which he used the phrase "chickens are coming home to roost" to sum up what U.S. diplomat Edward Peck had said in a TV interview. Malcolm X used the same phrase after President Kennedy's assassination. But a critique of foreign policy was not Wright's central topic.Beyond that racy dig, however, the sermon sought to admonish members inclined to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton because they thought a black candidate couldn't win. Wright likened their doubt to the doubt of Jesus' disciples who did not believe he could feed a crowd with five loaves and two fishes. Wright's recent comment that Hillary Clinton will never know what it feels like to be called the N-word also touched nerves. Rev. Frederick Haynes III, a Wright protege said, "People need to understand how profoundly painful that word is," he said. "It speaks to an experience. He came from a different time."
"After seeing Reverend Wright's performance, I felt there was a complete disregard for what the American people are going through and the need for them to rally together to solve these problems. What mattered to him was him commanding center stage."
"If Reverend Wright considers that political posturing, then he doesn't know me very well. Based on his comments yesterday, well, I may not know him as well as I thought, either."
The magical negro is typically in some way outwardly or inwardly disabled, either by discrimination, disability or social constraint, often a janitor or prisoner. He has no past; he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist. He is the black stereotype, prone to criminality and laziness. To counterbalance this, he has some sort of magical power, rather vaguely defined but not the sort of thing one typically encounters. The magical negro serves as a plot device to help the protagonist get out of trouble, typically through helping the white character recognize his own faults and overcome them. In this way, the magical negro is similar to the deus ex machina; a simple way for the protagonist to overcome an obstacle almost entirely through outside help. Although he has magical powers, his magic is ostensibly directed toward helping and enlightening a white male character. It is this feature of the magical negro that some people find most troubling. Although the character seems to be showing African-Americans in a positive light, he is still ultimately subordinate to whites. He is also regarded as an exception, allowing white America to like individual black people but not black culture. Obama is there to assuage white "guilt" (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest. Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him.
[...] replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest.
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