Obama’s command and clarity under pressure

Racial controversy suddenly exploded like roadside bombs, blasting Barack Obama’s bandwagon into a campaign-trail ditch. A firestorm of doubts about his ties to an incendiary pastor, plus incoming flak over his hesitant response, threatened to undo all he had accomplished.

Confronting the race issue

The revised standard manual of running for president says forcefully that when someone in or close to your campaign becomes an issue, you cut that person loose quickly and completely and head on down the road and never look back. The wisdom of this political brutality has been proven over and over, as candidates who clung too long to a toxic associate have learned to their dismay.

What did you think of Obama’s speech?

Sen. Barack Obama’s speech abut race, politics and America is being hailed by some as the most significant speech on racism since Dr. Martin Luther King’s landmark “I have a dream” address.

What did you think? Watch the video and tell us your opinion:

Obama slams pastor’s words but defends him

Barack Obama unsparingly criticized his longtime pastor’s words while strongly defending the man himself Tuesday in a politically risky speech that appealed to the country to overcome racism and the black anger and white resentment it spawns.

This is a campaign about gender and race

The Democratic candidates should stop all the whining over who said what about whom and understand that race and gender are playing key roles in presidential politics as never before.

Liberals ready to spend big to win

A loose coalition of liberal and labor organizations expects to spend about $150 million this fall to push its causes and help Democrats win the White House and strengthen their grip on Congress.

In politics, stupid is as stupid does

For years my nomination for the “Dumbest Politician” award was a Georgia state senator who decided the illegal-drug business was the way to riches. The senator, a rotund man who nearly always had a big cigar in his mouth except when he was eating (think Boss Hogg in “The Dukes of Hazard”), arranged to meet two undercover cops he thought were South American drug kingpins.

Bill Clinton’s phony black friends

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton should be leery of ever trusting the word of another black person, especially the word of elected officials, celebrities and other elites. She most certainly should never again trust the word of black preachers.

Too many blacks have betrayed Clinton. They have been disloyal. They have lied to her, many to her face.

Can Obama bridge the racial divide?

Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama, hammered by both the right wing and his own party opponent on racial issues, will try today to distance himself from incendiary comments made by both former and current pastors of his church.

Florida dumps plans for do-over primary

Cementing its reputation as a political spoiler, Florida Monday scrapped plans for a “do-over” primary, leaving the decision of what to do with a primary that didn’t count up to the national party and the upcoming Democratic convention in Denver.