Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions Makes Alabama Proud

Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions makes Alabama proud! Not. Is anyone surprised Alabama Senator Sessions is leading the charge of the gop brigade attacking the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall?
It was Marshall who, with Howard Law School Dean Charles Hamilton Houston, his mentor, conceived and then painstakingly effectuated the jurisprudence that led to the striking down of the odious "separate but equal" doctrine that threatened to destroy this country. While many decry "activist judges" (by which they seem to mean judges who uphold civil rights for minorities and women), those judges who undermine civil rights often demonstrate the most extreme forms of activism. Judges such as those who declared in Plessy v. Ferguson that racial segregation was constitutionally sound turned the Constitution on its head and made a mockery of equal protection. Those activist judges subjected an entire segment of Americans to more than half a century of state-imposed degradation, subjugation and humiliation.
I'm not surprised, after all Beauregard threw the first salvo when he made sure The Azalea Trail Maids were the ONLY official representative from Alabama the Beautiful in the Inaugural parade of the first African American President. State NAACP President Eddie Vaughn tried to tell y'all....
MOBILE -- Katie Henson hopes when she and the other 49 Azalea Trail Maids stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue in their hoop dresses and matching bonnets that the nation sees them as they see themselves -- the embodiment of Southern hospitality.

For the president of the NAACP's Alabama chapter, though, 50 young women -- 39 of them white -- wearing costumes reminiscent of the time when slavery existed doesn't conjure up an image he thinks is fitting for the swearing-in of the nation's first black president, Barack Obama.

Some thought Mr. Vaughn and I were making a big deal out of nothing and accused of "attacking the young women" and told to SFTU because it was a "diverse group".
With all of the problems and challenges facing this country and President Obama, fifty Alabama women (including some African-American ones) marching in a parade wearing strange outfits and freezing their tusses off, is not high on my "to worry about" list.

Kathy said it best;
Mr. Vaughn has an undeniable point. When you see a single young woman, let alone fifty, as a neon-colored caricature of Miss Scarlett at the Barbecue, it calls to mind, well, Miss Scarlett at the Barbecue. I’m sure girls north of the Mason-Dixon line wore hoop skirts too—we’ve all seen Little Women—but the silhouette of the big ruffledy Barbie-cake skirt and parasol is forever linked in the American mind with the antebellum South. And not just any aspect of the South, but the sprawling, colonnaded white plantation house, where in the evening by the moonlight you can hear those darkies singing. And when we choose to present that as the single representative image for our state, it looks like we’re yearning to hear ‘em singing again. It just does, y’all.
Let's rewind to the Sonya Sotomayer confirmation hearing when Senator Sessions slammed her for not voting like other Puerto Ricans
This morning, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) castigated Sotomayor for not ruling with her fellow Puerto Rican colleague, conservative Judge José A. Cabranes, when she decided to deny an en banc appeal in Ricci v. DeStefano, a process in which all judges of a court hear a case (as opposed to a three-judge panel of them). Sessions seemed to indicate that people of the same ancestry should vote the same way:
Thought for the day;
I would pay good money to hear Sonia Sotomayor say, “Senator Sessions, I think it’s ironic to be facing these questions from a man whose judicial nomination was rejected by this very committee on the grounds that he’s a huge racist.”

Update Seriously, though, when the Republican Senate Conference was meeting, did nobody say "if we're going to oppose the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, maybe we shouldn't have a giant racist leading the charge?" This seems like a situation in which Mel Martinez might have been able to offer a useful perspective. Or they could have called up JC Watts out of retirement. What were they thinking?
Can you say circular firing squad?
But back to 1986. During the debate over his nomination, committee Democrats questioned Sessions' prosecutorial discretion, focusing in particular on a case he pursued against three Marion, AL civil rights workers--Albert Turner, Turner's wife Evelyn, and Spencer Hogue, Jr.--whom he accused of voter fraud. Sessions was unconcerned with claims of fraud outside the so-called Black Belt, but he alleged that the trio had falsified absentee ballots in Perry County during the 1984 election. After conducting an exhaustive investigation, though, he was able to account for only a small handful of questionable examples, and even those he couldn't pin on his defendants, who were acquitted after only a few hours' deliberation.
Of course none of this is mentioned in the MSM or by the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads.
Senator Sessions was right (pun intended) on the money to question Elana Kagens qualifications, but he is dead wrong to use the confirmation hearings to call her a liar and to lead an attack on Thurgood Marshall.
Sessions is engaging in what the Supreme Court engages in, interpretation of the law based on an interpretation of the Constitution. He says it in a very self-assured way, in a way that says "I know I'm right" but that doesn't change the fact that the 2nd amendment is just as unclear as the 8th.

In Sessions' world it's only activism if he disagrees with it. I'm not a big Kagan fan, but the GOP is off the fucking rails.
What nelliah said;
This racist won't care what he says no matter how bigoted. His constituency will still elect him. That is the reason for this appointment. He will enable the other Republicans on the committee and Senate keep their hands clean. Sessions will do all the name calling innuendoing and bring up nothing but bullshit to muddy the debate. It will be easy for the Republicans to scream about what Sessions says even if is is unadulterated crap. They will have every argument they have used in the past; communist, pro-gay, pro-abortion pro-taxes, anti-religion. And many more wedge issues they are fixated on. Pitiful. Especially with the mild mannered wimps the Democrats have leading this Senate. If they once took the gloves off and said this is how it is going to be and used the reconciliation ploy as the Republicans did and only needed 51 votes I would croak! Especially for SCOTUS justice nominees.
Look away. Look away.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Why "justice is a long way off"

The wheels of justice slowly but surely turn in the case of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. The surprise decision by the Supreme Court to vacate an earlier ruling by a lower court in the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman may be another cog in the wheel.
On the down side, today's Supreme Court finding is, in a sense, a smokescreen. It might lead to long-delayed justice for victims of political prosecutions. But it does not address the real problem--that corrupt federal prosecutors and judges caused this grave injustice to happen.
As I said countless times before, this case is not about Don Siegelman, it's about political prosecutions and using the justice system to destroy political adversaries.
In fact the pattern of politically-instigated investigation, prosecution and recusal in this case perfectly matches the Siegelman case in the Middle District of Alabama, in which the Justice Department continues tenaciously to fight FOIA requests and even the document production demands of the United States Congress. At this point it is plain that the Justice Department is not guided by policies and principles in its posture, but by an earnest resolve to keep hidden the dark truths that an entire nation now suspects and which will come to the front burner as soon as the results of the Department’s own investigation into the misconduct of Attorney General Gonzales become public. It’s time to shine a bright and sanitizing light down the crevice of these prosecutions and let the truth be known.
What you see is what you get. What I see is a whole bunch of democrats being legally lynched by the republican controlled InJustice system.
There is the misconception that I am stoopid enough to believe ALL prosecutions are politically/racially motivated. Let me be clear, anytime I've made the allegation of political/racial prosecutions it's been in response to a SPECIFIC case we've discussed on LiA. I can understand why our conservative friends don't believe the prosecutions have a political/racial motivation, but I don't understand why my fellow liberals/progressives don't share my concern that our justice system, strike that, the Bush justice system has compromised the integrity of the rule of law, especially here in Alabama.
There is evidence, not an opinion to back up my assertion the Bush DOJ was politicized.
A new Justice Department report concludes that politics illegally influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges, and largely lays the blame on top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Monday’s report singles out the department’s former White House liaison, Monica Goodling, for violating federal law and Justice Department policy by discriminating against job applicants who weren’t Republican or conservative loyalists.
I want to have HOPE the Obama DOJ will live up to its campaign pledge of putting an end to Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics, but it's hard to have HOPE when one of its first actions is to throw out the conviction of former republican Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and let former democratic Governor Don Siegelman twist in the wind.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has dismissed Stevens' conviction for lying on Senate financial disclosure forms, and ordered a criminal contempt investigation of the prosecutors in the case for what he called the worst "mishandling and misconduct" he had seen in his 25-year career on the bench.

The dismissal comes after Attorney General Eric Holder decided not to defend the conviction against allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
As Legal Schnauzer notes;
Today's news is encouraging in the sense that the Siegelman and Minor defendants now stand a better chance of being freed. But they never should have been in prison in the first place. Ethical prosecutors, not under the influence of the corrupt Bush Justice Department, never would have brought these cases. Under the law, there was never any bribery or honest-services fraud from the outset. If prosecutors somehow did manage to bring the cases, ethical district judges would have kicked them out long before they ever reached a jury.
And brings us back to the real issue in this case;
The district courts and circuit courts have acted in an abominably corrupt manner--and yet the Supreme Court keeps remanding issues back to courts that already have proven they can't rule lawfully in these cases.
As African Americans said then and now, it's the courts stupid!. Justice is a long way off when all the votes aren't counted.
Some of the most powerful footage in Fahrenheit 9/11 comes from the Joint Session of Congress that convened on January 6, 2001. It was during this session that then Vice-President Al Gore presided over the verification of the Electoral College vote in the face of fierce Congressional protests. U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch was the first to attempt to halt the proceedings and was followed shortly thereafter by U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Corrine Brown.

Because no Senator would sign their inquiries into the Florida recount, the electoral vote was verified and the way was cleared for George W. Bush to be sworn in as the nation's 43rd president. Had U.S. Representatives Deutsch, Hastings and Brown been successful with their protests on January 6th, 2001, further investigations would have been conducted into the voting irregularities in Florida.
Watch and weep.

Know justice.
Know peace.
No justice.
No peace.
Can you hear me now?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ivy League, Affirmative Action, Liberal Lions and Guns, Oh My!

Judge UW Clemon said what???
I don't think it hurts her chances in any way because she is so markedly superior to the other candidate," Clemon said.
He says with an undergrad degree from Princeton, a masters from Oxford and a law degree from Harvard, that should be all the proof constituents need to vote Sewell into office.

"Those degrees, in the first place, make her eminently qualified," Clemon said.

Psst Judge Clemon! The last time the constituents elected someone with Ivy League academic credentials he threw them under the bus. Remember?
Alabama District 7 is 61.7% African-American. 72.2% live in urban areas (primarily Birmingham, Bessemer, Tuscaloosa, Selma and Demopolis). The district’s median per capita income was $26,672.

NO group is disproportionately uninsured than Black folks, and he voted AGAINST health care reform.

Uh huh.

No group is at the BOTTOM of nearly all health care statistics like Black folks, and he voted AGAINST health care reform.

For once I have to agree with Jeff Sessions Elana Kagen Has "Serious Deficiencies"

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said it was "conceivable" that a "filibuster might occur," should Kagan prove during the hearings to have extraordinary views.

The MSM is prepared to confirm the 3 white female for a life time appointment to the Supreme Court and ignore her lack of qualifications. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing what so ever against white women, some of my best friends are white women :), but what are black women, chopped liver? IHMO a more qualified African American woman was over looked in favor of a less qualified white woman. Is affirmative actions for white women only?

It's supposed to be the most qualified, remember? If you match Solicitor General Elana Kagens' resume side by side with 7th circuit judge Diane Woods, Woods is the most qualified. What would/could the goppers criticism of Judge Woods nomination be? That she was too black? They certainly couldn't say she wasn't qualified

RIP Senator Robert Byrd. The last liberal lion has left the building. Righty's and the MSM are going to make much ado about Robert Byrd's Klu Klux Klan past but the real reason they disliked Robert Byrd was because it was the past and not the present.
Byrd's political career was also dogged by his early membership in the Ku Klux Klan, which he said he joined mostly because of its anti-communist position and the political connections he could make there. But in a 1945 letter to a segregationist U.S. senator, Byrd wrote that he would never fight in the armed forces alongside blacks, and said he never wanted to "see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels."

Unlike former Alabama Governor George Wallace's death bed conversion, Robert Byrd repudiated his past and his lived his life in the true spirit of redemption, grace and mercy.
In his autobiography, Byrd wrote of his membership in the KKK: "It has emerged throughout my life to haunt and embarrass me and has taught me in a very graphic way what one major mistake can do to one's life, career, and reputation."

Thank God West Virginia has a democratic governor so we won't lose Byrd's Senate seat. For now.

The usual gop Bush Sr/Bush Jr. hack majority on the Supreme Court strikes again.
It's open hunting season in America thanks to the Republicans. And it's not the deer that's gonna get shot; It's us!

Need proof?
Good riddance. Am sick and tired of Mayor Daley and his Democratic cohorts trying to control our lives. They attempt to disarm the people so that the people have no defense against their tyranny. No more, I say!!

Lord help us.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

With Democrats Like These....Update

H/T to the Christian Progressive Liberal at jackandjill for identifying the twelve democratic traitors who voted against extending unemployment benefits. As CPL notes guess which democrat is NOT on the list.

You know who’s name ISN’T ON THIS LIST? Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) – you know; the one that Harry Reid refused to certify his election until he needed HIS VOTE to get Health Care Reform passed. LOL.

WTF needs republicans with democrats like these? Twelve so called Democrats joined republicans to block extension of unemployment benefits.
The ugly secret of the unemployed is one that is well-known to the unemployed.

It is not because we’re lazy.

It is NOT because we want a free ride.

It is NOT because we feel we’re entitled. Hell, when we lose our jobs, real entitlement would be paying us unemployment at the rate of our former salaries so we can maintain our living standards until we get another job.

But we gratefully accept the 25-40% of our former income we can collect from the State. Some money is better than NO MONEY.

The ugly secret of the unemployed is the fact that we continue to be victimized for being UNEMPLOYED. When you are laid off your job; when your job is sent out of the country, courtesy of trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA: when you get fired because you will not compromise your ethics for the sake of an unscrupulous boss - you wind up collecting unemployment benefits, usually 25-40% of what you USED to earn.

WTF runs for office, strike that, WTF runs for a Congressional Seat representing the cradle of the Civil Rights movement with a *ahem* spotty voting record?
Terri Sewell has some serious gaps in her voting record. Sewell, who moved back to Alabama in 2004 after working as Wall Street securities attorney, just started voting in Alabama in 2008 according to records provided by The Alabama Secretary of State. In 2008, Sewell ran as an Obama Delegate in the 6th Congressional District of Alabama, one of the most Republican districts in the country.

Conservadems are enabling the republicans undercutting the national economic recovery and the real dems are skeered to call them out.
The same old story happens again and again. Dems in the House pass reasonable legislation, and Senate Dems dicker with centrists and Republicans over "compromises," weakening the legislation step by step over many weeks, only to find zero Republican support in the end.

The public has no idea what is going on, and just blames Democrats, who appear to be in charge in DC. Now it is happening gain with vital public spending for national economy recovery -- state aid, unemployment relief, and adjustments in taxes and Medicare payments. This legislation is not just important to this or that group. It matters for keeping any semblance of national economic growth going, for creating and saving hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Whats the matter with Democrats in Alabama you ask? Take a look in the mirror. The Alabama Democratic party has been infiltrated. That's what's wrong with the democratic party in Alabama. You know the drill. Find an effective liberal group/blog. Pick a fight. Have the groups pick sides. And who wins in the end? Not democrats that's for sure. What quooarr said;
If people listened to the power brokers all the time Joe Sestak wouldn't be the nominee in Pennsylvania and Elaine Marshall wouldn't be the nominee in N.C. From time to time Democrats have to rise up and take their own party back. That time is long overdue in Alabama.

Amen quaoar. Amen. It's time for all good democrats to rise up and OUR party back.

It's time for Democrats to WTFU!
There's a saying that goes, "When you settle for less, you usually get less than what you settle for." Well, that pretty much describes those of us who've watched the republicanization of the Democrat Party over the past 25 years.

What it's gotten us is "Democrats" who vote for any hair-brained scheme Republicans can come up with (NAFTA, CAFTA, etc.), who weaken healthcare options to appease their lobbyist friends, who vote against unemployed(as happened the other night) and others who will completely jump ship when they feel the political winds are right, i.e., Shelby and Griffith.

It's given us a weak party that doesn't know how to fight back and can't win for losing, even when the other side gifts them a winning hand of cards. Had enough?

I've had more than enough! I want my HOPE for CHANGE we can believe in back!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Redeye's Week in Review

Who Shall Represent the Pettus Bridge in Congress, Corporate Attorney Artur, I mean Terri Sewell or Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot? That is the question voters in AL CD 7 will answer in the democratic primary on July 9. It's no secret I consider Terri Sewell to be the female version of the previous CD 7 Congress Critter and after reading the concerns raised in this informative diary I have agree with the author:
unless I were to see some solid answers to the concerns I have raised, my gut instinct is that Smoot would be a more loyal member of both the Democratic majority, and the Congressional Black Caucus, and would thus serve her constituents better.

Welcome to my Blog roll Wanted Alabama Democrats.

Speaking of the soon to be former ex CD 7 Congress Critter, Artur Davis wants to become a white collar criminal defense lawyer.

U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, said that after he leaves Congress he wants to practice law as a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, possibly in Washington, D.C.

I think it's important to define white collar crime just to be clear;
lawbreaking by salaried worker: theft, fraud, embezzlement, or some other nonviolent lawbreaking act perpetrated by a salaried employee or senior manager of a company or organization

I think it's also important to identify some infamous white collar criminals

Speaking of white collar criminals, what do Enron's Jeffery Skilling and former Democratic Alabama Governor Don Siegelman have in common? Well, the Supreme Court just ruled prosecutors *ahem* erred;
MONTGOMERY — Attorneys for a former Alabama governor convicted of bribery and other charges say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a white collar crime law could lead courts to throw out at least some of counts against him and a former Health South CEO.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that prosecutors erred in using the "honest services" law in the prosecution of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

Ex-Gov. Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006 of bribery and other charges in a federal government corruption case.

Siegelman attorney Vince Kilborn said the "honest services" law was also used in the prosecution of both men and that the ruling might encourage the court to look favorably on their appeals.

Karma is a b$%ch isn't it? Isn't is ironic O-I-L is washing up on the shores of all the reddest of the red states and they are crying out for some big guvermint aide? What happened to drill baby drill and personal responsibility? I wonder if voters who live on Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida smell the coffee and will stop voting republican to bite off their nose to spite their face?
Naaaah. That would be too much like right. :)

Speaking of those crazy republicans, they KILLED the BILL extending unemployment benifits last night. I don't get it, republicans are anti extending umemployment benifits but don't have a problem funding never ending W-ar. What do they expect people to do? Desperate times make sesperate people do desperate things.

President Obama finally found some a$$ to kick, but I think we need to get our sons and daughters a$$es out of Iraq and Afghanistan before more are killed, wounded or maimed for life. Bring our troops home. NOW. Send the tea baggers, republicans and the media to stop the momentum of the Taliban, stay the course, fight em over there so we won't have to fight em over here blab blab blah blah.

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, I haven't figured out how to em bed video yet (hint hint) but I want to close with words from one of e Micheal Jackson last songs,
They don't really care about us.
Gone to soon, RIP Michael Jackson.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WHY did the Alabama New South Coalition endorse Artur Davis?

I mean, Terri Sewell in the AL CD 7 democratic primary run off? I bout fell off my bar stool when I clicked on left-leaning in Alabama and read Terri Sewell had walked away in her designer pumps with the New South Coalition endorsement. AND it was touted on anti democratic groups of color leaning Left in Alabama of all places.
One could wish that Democratic groups of all colors would spend less time splitting and infighting -- if so, they might have more energy for fighting the real enemies or minorities and working men and women.

WHY in the world did the ANSC coalition endorse soon to be ex Congressman Artur Davis's female counter part? Are the LiA resident rightys right (pun intended)? Are democratic groups of color endorsements for sale to the highest bidder?
Given the money changing hands for endorsements coupled with Siegelman's repeated pleas for money to finance his legal challenges what do you think the odds are that some Sparks campaign expenditures might make their way to the "Don Siegelman Goodness and Apple Pie Fund for the Retirement of Legal Debts due to the Evil Republican Cabal for Prosecuting Completely Innocent Democrats?"

Did Sewell use her huge campaign war chest to buy the ANSC endorsement?

In October filings with the Federal Election Commission in Washington at the end of the 2009 third quarter, Sewell, a Democrat, reported $402,816 in receipts and $317,857 “cash on hand.”

Sewell’s war chest dwarfs the amount of money raised by the other four candidates, all of them Democrats in a district that has never elected a Republican.

Or was it Sewells Selma family roots?

Sewell was the favorite by more than 2-to-1 in a Monday night meeting in Tuscaloosa of the New South delegates from around the congressional district, said Sanders.

One thing I can say about Sewell, she's not making the same blunders Artur Davis made by ignoring black media and dissing traditional black political organizations.

Is THIS a threat?
But as a partisan you may appreciate that the only way a Republican is going to win this seat is if Democrats nominate someone who ends up in a heap of trouble between July and November.

And what about THIS?
From what I understand
if we don't nominate Smoot, she might get indicted.

Do the cats know something we don't know? Is Sheila Smoot going to be indicted win or lose? Indicted for what? Indicted by whom?
Except that my comments are all based on my personal knowledge and admitted status as a Jefferson County sewer bond holder - not any emails that just hit my inbox and I happened to post for... well... whatever reason.

Sometimes I get depressed and think there's no market at all for good, ethical candidates and campaigns in this state..that politricks as usual will be replaced with issue orientated campaigns. That liberals won't lean left but be left. That progressives will back true progressives and not conservadems. I long for the day when candidates will stop believing we work for them instead of the other way around.

And then I shake that off and keep raising hell.... h/t countrycat

Question: Why would anyone find it "offensive" for me to express my opinion Terri Sewell is the female version of Artur Davis?

For the record I don't live in CD 7 but I care about the residents of CD 7 and they are suffering.
Today, Alabama's Black Belt includes some of the poorest counties in the United States. Along with high rates of poverty, the area is typified by declining populations, a primarily agricultural landscape with low-density settlement, high unemployment, poor access to education and medical care, substandard housing and high rates of crime.

The residents of CD 7 need, strike that, deserve someone with a proven track record of being on the side of the least of these, not a Wall Street Attorney in designer pumps with family connections. The stakes are just too high.

I hope and pray the voters in CD 7 will elect and recieve the liberal representation they've been lacking for the past 8 years. I hope and pray they will elect someone who is willing to fight for them. I also hope and pray that person won't be indicted as a result of their efforts.
Is Don Siegelman in prison because he’s a criminal or because he belonged to the wrong political party in Alabama?

I HOPE and pray the voters in CD will vote as if their lives depend on it, because it does.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Update: Terri Sewell is Artur Davis in designer pumps, all style, no substance.

It's official. Terri Sewell is Artur Davis in designer pumps. Mooncat issued a scathing no claws barred, Bush league *cough cough* attack, defense, I mean response at slightly Left in Alabama. Since I was banned from slightly LiA, partly because of something I posted about Terri Sewell, I slathered on the Vaseline and responded at the Progressive Electorate. Mooncat made note of a typo in my previous post, it should be CD 7 (Congressional District) not SD 7 (Senate District), other than that, I stand by every word. Once again the neo liberals trying to tell real liberals what they need to do and who they need to support.
Y'all need to start talking about your own candidate's issues instead of working so hard to tear down Sewell.
Terri Sewell is an intelligent,accomplished, articulate young lady, and on paper she looks great. BUT when you look at what she's actually done in the community prior to running for public office there is nothing there. Her community involvement prior to running for public office is the same as Artur Davis' prior community involvement. Shameful. Some people have gotten it into their heads candidates don't need what we call "street credibility" prior to running for public office. My motto is, no street creeds no vote from me.

Sheila Smoot has street creeds, which may be why she has so called "negative baggage". Anytime you are active in the community you will have favorable and unfavorable opinions. I would much rather have someone who has a record of public service than someone who has NONE. Anytime you stand up for something/someone, you acquire powerful friends and powerful enemies. You either stand for something or you'll fall for anything. Sheila Smoot hasn't been charged with any crime, but she's being tried and convicted by the media in the court of public opinion.

We experimented with Artur Davis and his constituents suffered.


While you are over at sightly Left in Alabama, please read GOP Games or How I Learned to Stop Waiting for Interviews and Learned to love the dole by a CD 7 resident and voter archanelsk. Then ask yourself why CD 7 voters should risk electing Artur Davis, I mean Terri Sewell.

How do I know? Well for one thing, the same cast of Davis cheerleaders are cheering for Sewell, from the polling pollsters to the slightly Left in Alabama Kitty Kats.
Terri Sewell's positive campaign is paying off in Alabama's 7th Congressional District. An Anzalone-Liszt survey conducted June 13-16 shows Sewell leads Shelia Smoot 53% to 33% two weeks after the two women finished 37% to 29%, respectively, in the June 1 primary. That's a 16 point movement toward Sewell with very little corresponding pick-up for Smoot. Even though third place finisher Earl Hilliard, Jr. has not endorsed either woman, it appears his supporters, and Martha Bozeman's, are breaking toward Sewell.
Sound familiar?
Over the weekend there was a lot of talk about results of an AEA poll that was discussed at the ADC convention. Supposedly that poll showed that Davis's support among black voters was "only at 40%." As far as I heard, that was the only number mentioned in the poll -- no idea where Sparks' support was or how many undecideds that poll found. Chances are it showed a spread similar to this one, with Sparks well behind Davis, but more undecideds. Releasing across the board numbers gives a much better picture of the state of the race right now -- still a lot of undecideds, but Davis has a solid lead, especially among African-American voters.

Read more from Chuck Dean at and the Progressive Electorate -- they have the entire press release, which says "All of these numbers have moved decisively in Davis' direction since early April."

As for Sewells "positive campaign paying off for Alabama" as gradyw notes That's funny.
That's funny. She's throwing rocks and running back to hide in the house. So maybe it appears that she's running a positive campaign from
that slick advertising. But not really the case on the street.
Those calls - They were pushing the stuff about the sewer and Jeff Co's issues into the calls.

Look at the at the Smoot - Is she really union piece? that were pushed by the Selma Times as well as Left in Alabama's Smoot's Union Problem

would not exactly call that part of a positive campaign. So maybe it's not from the campaign, but their supporters are clearly pushing this meme.

Why should Sewell run a "negative campaign when she has the media and so called progressive blogs do her dirty work for her for free?
Terri Sewell supports progressive issues and she isn't hampered by the kind of negative (Jefferson County Commission) baggage Shelia Smoot carries. The memo also noted, "If Terri Sewell can put together the resources to continue her advantage in paid communications, she will be in an excellent position to win." Time is short and resources are key. If you like the style and substance of Terri Sewell's campaign, help her keep it going with a contribution.

Terrie Sewell needs money? Maybe they mean Terri Sewell needs more money to pay for the polling pollsters.
2009 was a great fundraising year for Terri Sewell. She has led the field all year long and, although Earl Hilliard Jr. out raised her slightly in the 4th quarter, Sewell maintains a significant lead in cash on hand. She reported contributions of right at $100K in the last 3 months of 2009, expenses of $79K (a new and much improved website, among other things) and a whopping $339K cash on hand.
Terri Sewell didn't start supporting progressive issues until AFTER her Ivy League buddy and soon to be ex SD 7 Congressman Artur Davis went down in flames for not supporting progressive issues, and she isn't "hampered by the kind of negative baggage Sheila Smoot carries" because they won't allow her to be hampered by the kind of negative baggage Sheila Smoot carries. Who are they? The MSM and slightly Left in Alabama.
Terri Sewell was at the Magic City Classic - in fact, she was the only CD7 candidate in the parade! Lots of people saw her in the parade and at her tailgate tent near Gate 3 giving out free bbq and campaign materials.
Either your source is mistaken or deliberately lying to you to make Terri look bad - whichever case, the facts clearly should have been checked before being posted!


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This is what I wrote (emphasis mine);

Naturally, politicians see the Coal Bowl as the opportunity to pander, I mean woo African American voters. I didn't actually see any of the politicos, but I saw lots of campaign signs for Sheila Smoot, Terri Sewell, Ron Sparks and Artur Davis. According to media reports Davis was in attendance at the game, and according to my sources Terri Sewell was spotted in the Birmingham airport on her way to Princeton for a fundraiser Thursday.

I specifically said I didn't see any of the politicos at the game on Saturday. I was not at the tent at gate 13. If I had seen Sewell or any other politicos I would have said so. I double checked with my sources and stand by them and what they told me. What reason would they have to try and make Terri Sewell look bad? As a matter of fact, one of my sources is a big time contributor, supporter and intends to vote for Sewell. Just curious how this could be an attempt to make her look bad. Please explain.

The voters/residents/taxpayers deserve a true progressive representative with substance in Congress not style. What archangelsk said;
Unemployment in this district, real unemployment is probably hovering around 20+%. I understand the gist of these things is to get people (who are obviously not me) who have money to donate to her. How out of touch can you get? But seriously, the gal can't be bothered to actually live in the district, couldn't be arsed to put a union bug on a campaign piece (at a union event), and she is throwing shoe parties? My family is struggling, I'm going on 9 months unemployed, my wife, who is in her tenure year, is looking at the real possibility that she too might be unemployed. And Terri Sewell, humble daughter of Selma, the daughter of educators, civil right pioneers, is throwing a shoe party for her donors. Anyone elses snark detectors go off? That's bushleague...that's way out of line...

I agree arkangelsk, that's there done that.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Musings

This is what crazy in Alabama looks like. I sure am glad Rick Barber" The Crazy in AL-02 didn't come out with this ad calling for an armed over throw of the government before Arizona won the stupidest state in America contest.
Just when you thought Republicans couldn't get any crazier, enter Rick Barber in AL-02*. "Gather Your Armies" appears to be the latest entry into in the category of batsh*t crazy Republican ads this season, joining entries from Tim James and Dale Peterson. Memo to Barber: James and Peterson both lost.

Speaking of stupid, how stupid is the Huntspatch Sitty School Board ? h/t KB;
I was really disappointed in how the Huntsville krowd just sailed into the Supt. of Ed., as if everything was her fault.
First, they hired her; and to this point, she'd been praised to the high heavens.
Second, she didn't have any say in the Board's expenditure for the new Lee High School - built during a time of economic hardship. (an EXTRAORDINARILY STOOOPID IDEA)
Third, I wouldn't give a rip if she was pink and green with horns on her back. The fact of her skin color and sex had NOTHING to do with her job performance and should NEVER have EVER been mentioned by the "liberal" media - whoever the hell THAT is!
Fourth, if the job she had done was so poor, the Board that hired her should've fired her, and have been replaced themselves, as well! Come to think of it, "we the people" should vote those doofuses out anyway.

Yes we should vote the doofuses out! All of them!

All politics is local. Poor Huntsville District 1 city councilman Richard Showers should change his name to Rodney Dangerfield because he just can't get no R-E-S-P-E-C-T either. First the previous mayor calls him uppity, now the present mayor flips a bottle cap at him during a live city council meeting. This was AFTER he was shouted down by south Huntsville residents at a school board meeting.
Moore's supporters packed the school board meeting, and some claimed her ouster was racially motivated. Councilman Richard Showers recalled a community meeting at Chaffee Elementary School last year to protest the Huntsville Housing Authority's purchase of Stone Manor apartments.
Most in the crowd were white; the housing's authority's executive director, Michael Lundy, is black.
"If there had been a tree and a rope," Showers began, before being shouted down by several people in the audience.

Psst Councilman Showers! From now on just pray.

Dems form circular firing squad in South Carolina and fires. South Carolina Pol Questions Dem Senate Candidates mental condition. Oh boy. All I'm going to say is Alvin Greene had the "mental condition to earn a bachelors degree in Political Science from South Carolina State University, serve in the Iraq War and WIN the democratic primary.
On Friday South Carolina authorities launched a formal investigation into Greene's unlikely win. The campaign of his vanquished opponent, Vic Rawl, said it too is looking into reports across the state from voters and poll workers who "experienced problems with voting for whom they intended."

A Rawl campaign spokesman said he believes that the outcome of Tuesday's election is "statistically impossible" and "South Carolinians would rather be 100 percent right than 90 percent uncertain." Greene won with about 60 percent of the vote.

What, Vic Rawls just can't believe South Carolina voters didn't vote for him? I mean, really, this is taking Sore Loserman to a different level. With democrats like these who needs republicans?

I must share my listserve friend Maggikats response to President Obama's "Will you stand with me?" email blast"

Dear Barack,

I have been giving you a chance to implement those "changes" for well over a year now

and all I see is more bullschitt & cutesy speeches which, quite frankly, make me want to vomit. You have bent over backwards, sideways & every which way to appease and please the Republicans. And what did that gain for you?

Did you not notice idiots like Eric Cantor, John Boner, John McCain, Michelle Bachman,Mitch McConnell, and others like them calling you everything but the 'N' word and I would guess that everyone of them called you that & more behind your back more times than we could count.

Yeah, I know you are returning to this area today as I had to dodge the people workingin this awful heat putting up barricades to keep "We the People" away from you. I've been writing letters for clean energy for a bunch of years now only to be ignored by you while you were in the Senate and which will probably be ignored by you now that you are in the White House. So why the hell should I waste my time signing your damn petition?

You dragged that so called health care bill out for over a year and then you were too damncowardly to include a public option. You had to go behind closed doors and make dirty deals with the companies that are bankrupting this country & making health care unaffordable for the very people who need it the most.So you will have to pardon me Obama, if I just don't put a lot of stake in anything you say these days. If you ever grow any balls and decide to stand up to the vile, corrupt Republican party I will support you to my last breath but not until.

By the way, I have heard that the "clean energy" bill that the Senate has dreamed up is a pileof horse manure at best......... that it's just another hand out to the people causing the problems. Get real Obama. As our first Black President you have the means to gain massive public support for almost anything you want to accomplish but you have to show that you are representing "We the People" and not the damn, corrupt, greedy, corporations.

Why don't you put on your boots today and make a stop in Orange Beach, Alabama which is a hop, skip and jump from Pensacola and which is becoming covered up with that that nasty, foul smelling, crap that BP is pumping out into the gulf?

AND why doesn't BP have more tankers in the location of the actual spill siphoning up that crap. Seems to me that a few tankers dropping pipes down and catching that stuff as it explodes upwards would prevent tons of it from ever being a problem. AH........ gee whiz..... that would be too much like common sense wouldn't it?

*Ahem* Me thinks the natives have gotten restless......

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Sermon

It's time to purge the corporatist out of the democratic party. Seriously, it's time for them to go. I don't care where they go, just get the hell out of the democratic tent.
It is time to purge the corporatist from the Democratic power structure. The real work of the Democratic Party is done by grassroots activists. These activists are the Democratic Party. They should run it at every level.

President Obama better recognize as the young people say;
Obama still has not learned that the Obama Movement that put him in the White House was not really about Obama. It was about a set of progressive policies that constituted “change we can believe in.”

If he doesn't believe it he should ask his buddy and soon to be ex 7th district Congressman Artur Davis how throwing the base under the bus worked out for him.

Union activists, progressives and environmentalists are the majority of foot soldiers that go to battle for Democratic candidates at every level in every community of the nation. Along with civil rights leaders, civil libertarians, peace activists and the progressive Internet community, these activists give more money to elect Democrats than every corporation combined.

Stop the learned helplessness! We are right (pun intended) and they are as wrong as the intelligence (for lack of a better word) that took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We need to return to the values of FDR and the New Deal. We need to capture every Democratic Party office and drive out the corporatist. The Democratic Party is a much better institution because we drove out the Southern racist faction (and the northern one) and we need to do the same with the corporatist.

The democratic party has been re-infiltrated, some call it demanding party purity, I call it demanding party loyalty. To para quote George W-ar Bush, Yer either wit us democrats or yer not. You decide.

The Tea Party crowd has been captured and in some cases created by corporate forces. They cannot be the populist engine for “change you can believe in” but you and your friends can be that populist engine. Get angry, get active and fight corporatism regardless of political party.

I'm fed up and fired up. What about you?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jobs, Education and Justice~Updated

South Carolina democratic senate nominee Alvin Greene said he will focus on jobs, education in justice in a live radio interview with Armstrong Williams on XM 169 The Power today. Sounds like a plan to me. I wonder why it doesn't sound like a plan to the South Carolina democratic party?

Seriously, once I focused on what Alvin Greene said and not how he said it,  his message begin to resonate with me. After listening to the mainstream media, and reading all kinds of stuff about him in the blogosphere ,I was convinced he was a republican plant, but after listening to him today I found him to be sincere if not articulate.
Here is a brief recap of what Alvin Greene said on Armstrong Williams show today.

Mr. Greene said he paid the $10,000 filing fee with money he saved from money he earned in the military.

Mr. Greene said his attorney was handling the obscenity allegations and we are innocent until proven guilty in America.

Mr. Greene said he was a democrat and he was an Obama supporter.

Mr. Greene said he decided to run for the Senate because he saw the country going down the tubes and he wanted to help get it back on track.

Mr. Greene said jobs could be created with transportation jobs that ended after 911.

Mr. Greene said if he were a member of Congress he would have voted for health care reform because it provides all Americans with insurance.

Mr. Greene said he lives with his 81 year old father who is a life long democrat.

Mr. Greene said people voted for him because they could identify with him and his message.

Mr. Greene said he was discharged from the military honorably.

Maybe instead of laughing at Alvin Greene we should support Alvin Greene like RiPPa said over at the Field Negro
If Alvin Greene was a white unemployed vet and he won. There wouldn't be any media scrutiny. Instead, he would be heralded as a hero. He would have already had a book deal, a job on Fox, and a front seat on the Tea Party Express.

What Constructive Feedback said;
What you need to do is, Filled Negro, is what Rachel Maddow has been doing - CONVINCE THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA that they are VOTING AGAINST THEIR BEST INTERESTS when they VOTE FOR DeMint - the evil Republicans. Get those racist Conservative whites in SC to realize that they have more in common with Trapped In South Carolina than they do with the elites at Goldman Sacs.

And what fodder said;
The whole tone of your coverage smacks of a sort of political elitism that says that only party-approved people with large organizations are allowed to run for public office, and it doesn't flatter you.

I understand that he's running for a very high office, but the last I looked there weren't any restrictions on who can run other than those in the Constitution and even those don't cover how well-known you are, your education level or how old your bank account is.

I'm disappointed in the democratic party's handling of this,but hey, this is the democratic party we have instead of the democratic party I wish we had. As for me, I'm not going to rush to judgement, I'm going to keep an open mind regarding Alvin Greene. So far he sounds like my kind of democrat.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

You wanna know whose A$$ to kick Mr. Obama?

If I may be so bold, let me name a few......

You can start with a swift kick in the a$$ of the Attorney General, Eric Holder. He needs to, as the late great James Browns sang,  get on the good foot, and start investigating, indicting, and incarcerating all the crooks and liars who drove our country into the ditch, restoring honesty,integrity and trust to the U.S. department of InJusticelike you promised to do.

Know Justice.
Know Peace.
No Justice.
No Peace.

Line the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads and the White House Press Corp up, make them bend over, go down the line kicking them in their a$$e$ for using the public airways to distort what we decide by lying and misinforming we the peeps. Then go back up the line and kick their a$$e$ for the lack of diversity in the MSM. In case you haven't noticed, the MSM and the White House Press Corps is ALL white and that's not right (pun intended). It's the media Mr. Obama. They want you to fail. He/she who controls the information controls the outcome. You need to take control of the information Sir.

Open up a big ole can of kick a$$ on David Axelrod, Rham Emanuel,Robert Gibbs, your staff and your entire cabinet for advising you to kick your base in the a$$ and play nice with republicans. Ask your Harvard bud and soon to be former Congressman Artur Davis how that worked out for him. I'm sure his a$$ is still smoking from the mega a$$ kicking he received June 2.

I don't know what you are waiting for to kick BP and Haliburtons a$$e$. They need a good a$$ kicking just because IMHO. You can start by fining them out the a$$ until the oil spill is plugged. I'll bet they get off their a$$es and do something then.

Kick Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen a$$ to the curb replace him with General Russel Honore's a$$. Honore is ready willing and able to kick some a$$e$ for you. Delegate the a$$ kicking Mr. Obama.

Put your size 13 up the a$$e$ of the blue dogs/DINO's and don't take it out until they pass a jobs bill and start representing the people who sent them to Washington. Remind them they work for we the people, not the other way around.

I'm sure I'll think of some more a$$es for you to kick, but this should get you started.

Get the kicking Mr. Obama.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Week In Review Edited

I'm back! Did you miss me? Seriously I took a few days off for some well deserved R&R, fun in the sun but I'm back now fired up and ready to go! I spent the morning getting caught up on what's happening in the real world to learn the following; veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas is under fire for exercising the first, (welcome to the club Helen!), conservative, white democrats and republicans from coast to coast are still trying to figure out why Artur Davis was trounced (Seriously?), the righty's are still trying to turn BP's Gulf oil spill in President Obama's Katrina, thousands of barrels of O-I-L are stilling flowing(more on this later), republicans are trying to make a federal case out of Joe Sestak (sigh), and locally, the Huntsville City School Superintendent Ann Roy Moore is under attack (Oh my!).

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas is forced to resign after her "anti semitic" comments. That's what the news reader just announced on MSNBC. Call me clueless, but would someone please explain what anti semitism is because I honestly don't know yet I see the charge thrown around a lot and it usually results in somebody either being forced to resign or fired. In any event I'm really sad Helen Thomas will no longer be around to ask the tough questions. Not these guys and gals, that's fer sure. I bid a fond but sad farewell to the real Watchdog of Democracy.
Thomas, who has been covering Washington for more than 60 years, is displeased with the way in which the government tries to manipulate the news as never before; the press, diminished and monopolized by big business kowtowing to advertisers is "supine"; and dishonesty is everywhere. Thomas believes in a healthy adversarial challenge between government and press, but her explanation of her stance sometimes veers off track. She characterizes the nine presidents (beginning with Kennedy) she has covered, each of whom tried to spin the news his own way (Nixon, for a while, resorted to total blackout). Thomas dates the ever widening "credibility gap" back to the Vietnam War under Johnson. By this time, message management had reached the point of "outright propaganda." Readers will be entertained by her definition of the terms "background" and "off the record" and the difference between a "leak" and a "plant." But Thomas sees a bright side: she applauds trenchant political cartoonists and believes that the active public interest expressed in Internet blogs may help create transparency.

Did the Voting Rights Act Doom Artur Davis? Four words, HELL TO THE NO! I was offended by the title and the content of this post. How dare you blame the hard fought for right for African Americans to vote for Artur Davis's repudiation. Do you realize how condescending and racist y'all are beginning to sound? Let me offer you a Redeye translation for your consideration and review; That's what we get for letting that there uppity N word Joe Reed getting them there uppity N words the right to vote they won't let us decide who the head N word in charge should be. Everybody knows they are too stoopid to know what's good for them and need us to tell them what to do and to take care of them.

Artur Davis doomed Artur Davis by, pandering to the right and throwing his base under the bus. Black folks never have and never will vote against their self interest, in other words we don't vote for candidates based on the color of their skin. Psst, President Obama, you got that? Stop screwing your base and screw the right wing conservative, moderates, they are not your friends and to quote James Carville, "they will take you down". Ask your Harvard bud Artur Davis.

What Booman
said all the damn way!
But it's just sad to see a guy like Artur Davis, who has such a stellar resume, feel compelled to turn his back on the biggest Democratic project in three generations just to pander to a sliver of the white vote in Alabama. According to the exit polls, Barack Obama received just 10% of the white vote in Alabama. Davis certainly has to do considerably better than that to have any chance of being elected governor. But Davis, who was "the recipient of the Best Oralist Award in the esteemed Ames Moot Court Competition at Harvard Law School," ought to use his rhetorical skills to explain how health care reform will help rural white Alabamans more than any legislation passed in most of their lifetimes. Instead, he chooses to go the predictable route which, even if it worked, would likely leave him with a prize not worth having. After all, why run for office if you can't implement your principles?

Why indeed? That is the question. Another good question is why do black candidates have to throw black folks under the bus to get white folks to vote for them? The voting rights act doomed Artur Davis my Donkey!

To be continued.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's A Wonderful What If Wednesday!

I wonder how many democratic candidates are wishing they could Turn Back Time today?

What if Congressman Artur Davis voted FOR health care reform? Would he be the democratic nominee and on his way to making history becoming the first African American governor of the reddest of the red states? I think so.

It's probably not right of me to dance on the political grave of Artur Davis, but as his brother from another mother, Clay Davis, would say, shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. He deserves it! I told one of his staffers following his no vote on HCR, he's not going to get where he wants to be on the backs of his poor Black constituents.

What if his guy hadn't made this commercial? I'm just saying...

What if The Raging Grannies were in charge of the BP oil spill disaster?

What if the democratic party elite weren't disconnected from the party members? I mean, really?

What if it were the year of the black republican for real? *Shudder*

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Back away from the Catnip!~Edit

I had to pray long and hard this morning before I began composing this post. I prayed to the God I serve to grant me the strength and wisdom to not to respond to the toxic, mean spirited, and some say racist, attack on Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders with the same toxic, vitriol. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

I started my day with excitement and purpose. Ready to hit the streets, the phones and yes the blogs in support of the candidates of my choice on primary election day. Per my routine, after I watch C-Span's Washington Journal and as much of the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads on MSNBC and CNN as I can stand, I boot up my computer and click on Left in Alabama. My jaw and my heart dropped to floor when I read Ron Sparks Campaign Email Smells Up My Inbox-Is Davis Black or Not? which claims;
According to Senator Sanders, Davis - who previously wasn't black enough - is now trying to masquerade as black or pretend to be black or trade on his blackness or.... well you be the judge
There are also allegations to the effect Senator Sanders would be nowhere without [race]" or that he profits off of and/or plays the race card, and, allegations money is a major factor in who the ADC endorses.

I'm going to let you read the post and let you decide for yourself if you think it's racist or not, but the tone of this post sure is mean. Senator Hank Sanders has the same right (pun intended) to express his personal opinions and his personal endorsements of candidates as the Big Cats at Left in Alabama do.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying don't defend/endorse/criticize elected officials and candidates, all I'm saying is do it without attacking those who don't share your opinion or your choice. Sparks and Davis are fair game, but their supporters are not. It's political not personal.

For example Sparks campaigning with Siegelman in--in church this
Sparks was introduced by former governor Don Siegelman, who was himself introduced by Rev. Gregory Clarke, previously convicted of tax fraud. It sounds a little bizarre:The battle for the Democratic Party nomination for governor was waged Sunday in black churches in Birmingham, where the two candidates looked for votes and one of them campaigned with two felons still popular among some of the churchgoers.

And sundog, I hope you're reading this because you made the following comment in reference to African Americans and former Governor Don Siegelman's endorsement of Ron Sparks although there is still no word on this from the Sparks campaign, but a number of folks think the letter is authentic ...
Siegelman is still revered amongst many African American voters. (4.00 / 1)
This is real. If he showed up at a church endorsing Sparks, he is probably helping raise money as well. Interestingly, I heard that the race had tightened up to 5 points. I will be stunned if Sparks win, but I now have to vote in the Democratic primary. I was considering voting in the Republican primary to defeat those I consider the most threatening to Democratic candidates. Now the tide has turned and I will do the right thing. Can't wait to vote for Artur.

FYI, Siegelmam isn't "revered amongst many African American voters" he is RESPECTED among many African American voters. And for those you who refer to former Governor Siegelman as a "convicted felon" I choose to call him a political prisoner.

Seriously, if the way Davis runs his campaign is any indication of the way he will govern, or,  if his supporters are an indication of the people he will hire in his administration,  there is no way I can vote for him IF he is the winner of the democratic primary.

Congressman Artur Davis made his choice.
Davis has shown that he is not loyal to his state party and its elected leaders, he is not loyal to those who get out and work in campaigns, and, when it really counted, he was not loyal to his president. It is no secret that Davis is the preferred opponent of the Republican Party. This may be because he will be the most easily defeated Democrat, or because he is the most Republican of the Democratic candidates.

Para quoting Dr. Joe Reed (fellow enemy of the Cats and Critters at Left in Alabama for not being a Davis supporter);
Instead of applauding Senator Hank Sanders for applying the same standards to a black candidate as a white candidate, and judging candidates based upon the content of their character and not the color of their skin, your post condemned him as though he had some obligation to support Davis. Senator Hank Sanders is decried as a "power broker" because he endorsed Ron Sparks, but check out the Left in Alabama endorsements complete with color pictures and numerous post to extol the virtues of Artur Davis. Does that make Left in Alabama a "power broker" too?

Well does it? And for the record, Senator Hank Sanders never said or implied Artur Davis wasn't black. Those are your words and thoughts, not his.

Congressman Artur Davis made his choice, now the voters will make theirs.

If we get off our Donkey's and vote for them they will win. Don't listen to the nattering, nay bobs of negativity who say liberal/progressives can't win.

What bluebearcat said in this excellent response and defense of Senator Hank Sanders;
No matter what happens tomorrow, someone is going to have to run against the GOP nominee in November. If Ron Sparks is the nominee, he is going to need Artur Davis supporters to win. If Artur Davis is the nominee, he is going to need people like Hank Sanders to win. Stuff like this makes that less likely.

Amen and Amen.