Monday, February 25, 2008

Obama Ducks Out Again

By Taylor Marsh

Obama Ducks Out Again

But this time it's on his own community. Ohio, that's where Obama will be, along with Texas: "In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail every day in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum." He's skipping the annual State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans so he can campaign. John McCain is skipping it too, but we expect that from him. However, Clinton will be there. She'll be standing with some of the most important leaders in the African American community in this country.

Tavis Smiley is speaking out, simply disagreeing with Obama's priorities. As a result, his family is getting harassed. Welcome to the club, which includes anyone who offers criticism, let alone proof, that Obama is less than what he says he is. Obamabots and the people supporting Mr. Obama are the most unhinged, rhetorically violent and truth averse bunch I've seen online, and I've been around since 1996, including during the Lewinski imbroglio. Nothing compares.

"I think it's a missed opportunity on Mr. Obama's part," Smiley told CNN. "Now, I am not interested in demonizing him for his choice, but I do disagree with it."

But Smiley's criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama's defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats.

"I have family in Indianapolis. They are harassing my momma, harassing my brother. It's getting to be crazy," Smiley told the newspaper.

He will be busy despite Obama's absence. Some of the nation's top black activists and politicians attend the State of the Black Union. ... ..

Obama takes heat for skipping State of the Black Union

The Progressive Village, those big blogs that genuflect to all things Obama, is no doubt taken by surprise by Obama ducking out on his own community, right? Next you'll say they're insulted that LieberDem Dan Gerstein and the DLC are on Obama's team too. Read Big Tent Democrat.

This is all so predictable. Even taking Clinton out of the equation -- because not everything is about Hillary Clinton -- there is nothing about Obama's choices that are surprising. Again, this has nothing to do with Clinton. It's about Obama's choices, which, quite frankly, are misaligned and hypocritical, especially for someone who has relied on African Americans to get the nomination. I guess he feels now that he's likely to win he just isn't as concerned with reaching out anymore. I'm shocked! To use one of Mr. Obama's favorite words, which he trotted out so conveniently in South Carolina, bamboozled, baby. You've been played.

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