Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jesse Jackson’s Message

Barack Obama should send Jesse Jackson a dozen roses.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized on Wednesday for critical and crude comments he made about Senator Barack Obama, remarks in which he accused Mr. Obama of “talking down to black people.”

Mr. Jackson, before an interview with a Fox News anchor on a different topic, sharply criticized Mr. Obama for how he has been referring to African-Americans. He specifically took issue with how Mr. Obama had singled out black men in recent speeches for failing to uphold their responsibility as fathers.

Mr. Jackson’s words, which included a vulgar reference, were recorded by a live microphone on Sunday. His apology came after Fox News said it would broadcast the remarks on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday night.

“I don’t want harm nor hurt to come to this campaign,” Mr. Jackson said in an afternoon news conference in Chicago, after his comments were referred to throughout the day on cable television. He called his words “hurtful and wrong.”

And he should throw in a box of candy for getting Rev. Jackson to step on Bill O’Reilly’s big story, too.

What this little tempest does is immunize Mr. Obama against the right-wing line that he is, as they say at Shakesville, a “Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude” (you know, all those black politicians are alike, right?) and distance himself from Jesse Jackson without actually having to say a word.

This is not to say that there is actually anything wrong with Jesse Jackson’s politics or that he represents some far-left Black Panther fringe of the Democratic Party. But for those of you who have been in the Delta Quadrant for the last couple of years, there is a difference between Sen. Obama and Rev. Jackson, and not all black politicians from Chicago are the same. Nor do they all look alike, either.

But somewhere out there in the Orcosphere, there’s a tin-foil-hat right-wing blogger saying the whole thing was a set-up; that Barack Obama conspired with Jesse Jackson to have this happen so that he could have his Sistah Souldjah moment. You know how they’re all in league with each other, right?