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The latest Jib Jab is out. Imagine what they could do with our crazy political soap opera.
Your Hillary vs Obama entertainment on the day of the Indiana and North Carolina primaries:
This Obama/Hillary parody is worth a few laughs:
I'm smitten. I know.
Speeches generally don't move me, but Obama's consistently do. His campaign is turning into a movement:
Two powerful endorsements of Barack Obama today.
Toni Morrison's is typically eloquent, pinpointing Obama's potential to be a hugely uniting figure through his rejection of simplistic political categorisations and political combativeness:
When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country's citizens as "we," not "they"? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?
Ted Kennedy reinforces it:
"With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion. With Barack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay."
US conservatives understand the power of Obama:
And unlike Clinton and especially Edwards, the Obama message is about unity, not divisions; and hopes rather than grievances.
Obama puts the glaring inadequacies of our political leadership into sharp focus: "Unity not divisions; and hopes rather than grievances."
Our leadership, despite the cynical attempt to steal some of Obama's glow, pales in comparison. It represents everything Obama rejects: Divisons not unity; and grievances not hopes.
It worked for them, no doubt. It won't serve us well as a community however.
If you're a TV aficionado, and you're wondering what the current state of the High Def DVD wars are (Blu Ray is close to victory it would seem), let me direct you to this YouTube video which explains it all:
If only Bermuda had leadership that possessed a fraction of his integrity and sincerity.
Big changes in the Bahamas with the ousting of the Progressive Liberal Party after one term and the return of the Free National Movement who won 23 of the 41 seats in Parliament.
Lots of interesting potential parallels and precursors to Bermuda's upcoming election.
- Bahamas' racial breakdown of the electorate is about 88% Black, 12% White - the new Deputy Prime Minister, Symonette, is a white Bahamian (from one of old Bay Street families).
- The PLP attempted to play the race card but it seems to have been rejected
- Ethics, corruption and trust were major issues in the elction.
But Ingraham's party successfully raised ethical questions, including allegations that immigration officials fast-tracked a residency permit for pinup model and billionaire's widow Anna Nicole Smith, who lived in the Bahamas until her accidental drug overdose death in Florida in February.
Ingraham, who was prime minister from 1992 to 2002, portrayed the election as "a matter of trust." He also accused Christie's party of allowing foreign investors and foreign workers to profit at the expense of Bahamians.
The two rivals are lawyers and former partners in the same firm. Ingraham's FNM was associated with the predominantly white "Bay Street Boys" who ran the Bahamas prior to independence from Britain in 1973.
The party lost in a landslide when Christie's PLP, traditionally seen as the party of the black majority, swept to power in 2002. The FNM had its revenge on Wednesday by making Christie's government the only one-term government in the post-colonial Bahamas.
Ingraham's party appeared to have won over young first-time voters and the "float voters" with no strong party ties. Independent candidates took four seats in the last election but failed to win any this time.
The FNM had lodged charges of corruption against Christie's government and accused his party of offering cash and jobs for votes in Wednesday's balloting.
Hmm, all sounds so familiar.
I'm not sure if anyone cares, but I saw John Mayer at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday with a surprise appearance by Alicia Keyes for "Gravity". Great concert.
Like with most things nowadays, someone posted it onto YouTube. So if you're interested in a great 9 minute jam (shaky camerawork but good audio) here it is:
Last night I watched "Street Fight" a documentary about the Newark, New Jersey Mayoral Race between challenger Cory Booker and incumbent Sharpe James [Note: It is available at Leisure Time].
You may remember that Cory Booker was brought to Bermuda twice by the UBP to speak.
Besides being a gripping documentary, anyone who is interested in the mechanics and tactics encountered when running an on the ground election campaign against a no-holds barred opponent shouldn't miss this.
There are many parallels to the racialisation of our election campaigns, alhough this one is between two black American Democrats; one representing the old guard and the other a young up and comer.
Observers of Bermudian politics will note the many overlapping themes and tactics involved. For example, Mr. Booker - a black Democrat - was labeled by his opponent as a white Republican jew because he dare challenge the black establishment candidate.
Sound familiar? Shysters and Uncle Toms anyone?
Watch the trailer: