The Countdown Begins
"If Obama can throw his pastor under the bus, what will he do to LGBTQ* voters on his way to the White House?"
-- Rev. Irene Monroe in a Windy City Times column about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's race speech and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
* - Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered-TransSexual-Queer
There's NO CHANCE that it will get any more crowded under the Barack Obama "Ch-Ch-Change" Bus.
Larry Johnson, of the No Quarter blog, opened a cold, coy can of conversational whoop-ass this morning. Johnson, who served as a Deputy
Director in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, learned over the weekend that the rumored "Michelle Obama Whitey" tape is no rumor.
According to Johnson:
I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” describe it as “STUNNING.” I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. It features Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan. They are sitting on a panel at Jeremiah Wright’s Church when Michelle makes her intemperate remarks. Whoops!! When that image comes out it will enter the politcal ads hall of fame. It will be right up there with the little girl plucking daisy petals in the famous 1964 ad LBJ used against Barry Goldwater.
So, the tape really exists and it's in the hands of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (feel free to substitute "Evil Republican Noise Machine", if you like).
"Farrakhan, Wright, and Pfleger are each on tape in various settings spewing the most vile racists garbage in the guise of preaching. Barack Obama, up to this point, has tried to pretend he had no idea that these men had these thoughts or said these things.
--Larry Johnson, in Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan Take On Whitey
There will be an EXPLOSION of political pow-wows over what to do about the tape. In the Obama camp, spin-mongers will spend many a sleepless night over anything that will stop the bleeding. For a politician that started out as the "Great White (Liberal) Hope"--full of inspiring, airy platitudes and policies--further revelations that Barack Obama is surrounded by a racist cadre, will prove to be a political killer.
In the GOP ranks, the only question will be, "When?"; as in, "When's the best time to release the tape to the media".
Like a vampire reacting to dawn, white blue-collar voters have run away from Obama--as news of his cronies and the tapes of their putrid public pronouncements--have surfaced.
It seems that, when it comes to choosing candidates for the Oval Office, working-class voters are heeding an old adage: "If You Lay Down With Dogs. You’ll Get Up with Fleas".
The $64,000 Question
Which raises the inevitable question, given Obama's historical response to any exposure of his inner circle's behavior:
Will Barack throw Michelle under the bus?"
"I can no more disown him (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown my white grandmother
-- Barack Obama, Philadelphia, March 18
Madelyn Dunham, Obama's white grandmother, now resides under the ever-spinning wheels of the Obama 2008 campaign vehicle. Her crime? She was once nervous, while waiting for another kind of bus.
The Rev. Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright, is under there, too. So is Father Michael Pflaeger and the Trinity Church.
It might be wise for Obama to check the tread on that bus's tires; he might need an all-terrain vehicle, at this rate.
As The Bench put it:
"How can you trust Obama now? He said he could no more "disown" Reverend Jeremiah Wright than he could "disown" his mother. Or his dog, or something like that.
Then he disowned him. The other day, he disowned Father Michael Pfleger. This weekend, he disowned his entire church."
Will Michelle Obama be the next to feel the wheel's ruthless, rubberized crunch of the "Change-for-Lunch Bunch"?
The prediction from this corner: YES!
Like a pilot of a rapidly-deflating hot-air balloon, Barack Obama will stick to form and jettison any dead weight on his bid for the White House--and that includes his wife, Michelle, and any of her hateful "Whitey" statements.
Obama is a politician; he will do what politician do in a crisis: CYA.
Cover Your Ass.
BH Obama will disown his wife.
However, it will be banishment with a nod and a wink. Michelle will willingly take a trip underneath the Obama 2008 bus--if it means she can add "first lady" to her resume.
So, Michelle Obama, get ready to come on down.
Under the bus.
At least you won't be lonely.
* thought merchant
* Republican Operative
* campaign window
* Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan Take On Whitey
* POTD: Under the Bus
* When Will Obama Disown his White Grandmother?