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Take Your Place Under the Obama Bus, Jesse

I commented earlier this week that I had my doubts about Jesse Jackson’s open-mike trick.

What if this comment of Jackson’s was staged to give Obama some white street creds?

Normally, I’d not give the man credit for being able to take part in any kind of coordinated effort, including arranging a lunch.  But with results like I saw this morning, and assuming of course this one guy I overheard this morning, wasn’t unique, it could hardly have been planned better.

So imagine the smile on my face when I note in the NY Post, today, an article from Charles Hurt [1]:

Jackson’s claim to have been caught unbeknownst by a “hot mike” slurring and threatening Barack Obama [2] is complete hogwash.

Somewhere, deep down, he wanted the world – and Obama – to know how much he wants to “cut his nuts out.”

Veterinarians and doctors talk about cutting nuts “off.” Only a thug or a gangster cuts a man’s nuts “out.”

And Jackson knows better than most the vicious symbolism of castration and its blood-soaked link to lynchings in the Old South.

Nor is this the first time Jackson bared his anger. Last year, when Obama wasn’t sufficiently politicizing the beating prosecution of six black teens in Louisiana known as the “Jena Six,” Jackson said Obama was “acting white.”

What accounts for Jackson’s latest animosity toward the Democratic nominee? He said it’s because Obama was “talking down to black folks.”

In a Father’s Day speech, Obama told black churchgoers that a father’s responsibility “doesn’t just end at conception.”

“What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – any fool can have a child,” Obama said. “It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”

Maybe this struck a little too close to home for the Rev. Jackson, who just a few years ago finally owned up to fathering a child outside of his marriage even as he was busy counseling President Bill Clinton on his dalliances with a White House intern.

Well, yeah. I mean, when taken in the context of the remainder of the article, Hurt is taking on a decided pro-Obama tilt here, and  he clearly still thinks Obama a “uniter”, which of course is utter hogwash, in Hurt’s own terms.   But it’s amazing, to me the change that’s come about… how quickly and viciously Jackson is getting tossed under the Obama bus, here. Certainly something that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago. 

I wonder a bit; though. Just because he’s getting tossed now, doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be back in good graces once Obama loses the election. Or, for that matter if by some evil fluke, he manages to win the thing.   If he loses, the politics of resentment will be back in full swing, from the grass roots level.   If on the other hand, he manages to win, the politics of resentment (Can you say ‘reparations?’) [3] will then have presidential powers behind it, and all the posturing on the matter will be what’s under the bus.