I posted the item below some time back, but considered it timely for reposting (with an edit) now, given:
2) Barack Obama took a similar approach to the Sean Bell case as he did to the lacrosse case, calling for people to respect the rule of law and urging the importance of fair procedures. He said, “We’re a nation of laws, so we respect the verdict that came down. Resorting to violence to express displeasure over a verdict is something that is completely unacceptable and is counterproductive.”
For this position, Al Sharpton has criticized him for taking an “opportunity to grandstand in front of white people.”
It’s worth noting that Hillary Clinton responded to the
And so: in the lacrosse case, an acknowledged injustice involving one of her own constituents,
3) Given the efforts of the Clintons (Hillary cares about “people like you,” the former President informed a heavily white audience recently in North Carolina) and surrogates such as Lanny Davis to exploit the Wright affair to appeal to the candidate’s new base—whites without a college-level education—it’s worth pointing out how, on issues, it should be very difficult to play the race card against Obama.]
Not since 1976, when Ronald Reagan’s victory over Gerald Ford revived his then-floundering campaign, has
Obama made his first campaign swing to the
He will speak less than 24 hours before state legislators come together for a special session to vote on the expulsion of a black [state representative] suspected of fraud; the accused lawmaker alleges that the charges are racially motivated. Obama also will walk into a local news cycle spinning around the death of a beloved UNC student at the hands of a troubled black juvenile, who is widely believed to represent the failures of the state's probationary system.
When he lands in
Fayetteville, where he will talk about Iraq, he'll be 100 miles south of , the site of the explosive racial confrontation kindled by the Duke lacrosse case. He'll be 100 miles northwest of the Durham house district that will be examined by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall to determine the constitutionality of racially gerrymandered "influence" districts. Just southwest of that is North Carolina , which saw a formal apology from the state's Democratic Party last year for the violent race riots perpetrated there by white supremacist Democrats in 1898. Wilmington
Shortly after Obama’s
The Fox story didn’t mention Obama’s stance on the lacrosse case (perhaps because it undercut the story’s premise). Obama was, of course, the only presidential candidate of either party to support a DOJ investigation of Mike Nifong. (He did so in early 2007, joining only two other Democratic officeholders—
Shortly after Obama left
The vote marked only the thirteenth time in history and the first occasion since 1880 that the state House had expelled one of its members. Most of these previous cases had involved some form of financial fraud, though state Representative Josiah Turner met his fate in 1880 for a quite different reason. The House expelled Turner, as the N&O dryly notes, “for calling other legislators names.” Turner, it turns out, had labeled the Speaker, John Moring, a “gander head.”
If this rationale for expulsion from a legislative body still existed, Congress would have no members.