Strange Bedfellows

Sep 06 2013

Politics makes for strange bedfellows. And so does Syria … The story next…In arguing for Congressional approval of Obama’s request to strike Syria, John McCain finds himself part of an odd coalition, with Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and the man who beat him out for the White House and now needs his help to save his presidency. But pro-Syria strike Republicans aren’t doing it to save Obama’s bacon. They think it’s necessary to discourage other dictators and to project American strength. Meanwhile, conservatives who are against striking Syria see it as a futile gesture with no upside for the US, a preordained failure that they’ll have to share the blame for. And they’re in the same boat with ultra-liberal anti-war Democrats who see it the way they’ve seen every war since the ‘60s: as a potential Vietnam-style quagmire. Considering that Afghanistan’s leaders say they’re losing a hundred soldiers a week to Taliban attacks and now need outside forces to stay at least another four years, even I can see the liberals’ concerns. So, I guess Obama has finally brought Americans together. 

Speaking of unusual meetings of minds, in Casper, Wyoming, there was a summit meeting for the history books. In the town of Gillette, several black men had been beaten up after they were seen with white women. And KKK literature was showing up around town. Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper branch of the NAACP, considered holding a rally. But then he decided if you’re going to talk about hate, you should talk to a hater. So he wrote to the KKK to ask for a meeting. He didn’t expect a reply, but he got one. And so, after months of setting ground rules, for the first time ever, an organizer for the United Klans of America met at a motel under heavy security with local NAACP leaders.

The Klan rep showed up in a suit, not a robe. Needless to say, the NAACP did not persuade him to change his beliefs. He insisted that the Klan had nothing to do with the hate crimes in Gilette, and claimed not to even be aware of any Klan lynchings after the 1870s. It was a frustrating meeting in many ways. But at least, both sides spoke calmly. Maybe the strangest moment came at the end. The Klan rep claimed he had good will toward all people. So his hosts asked if he’d like to prove that by joining the NAACP. He said he had no problem with that. He filled out an application, paid the $30 fee, and tossed in a $20 contribution. The Klansman said when he got home, he might be excommunicated. But until then, he just might be the only person on Earth who’s a paid-up member of both the NAACP and the KKK.

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  • Marisa

    11/16/2013 01:07 AM

    Pros look at winning the Presidency diefnrfetly than do most folks. A few simple examples of the reasoning of the pros:1. The Republican Party has been losing members (not general election voters). Large numbers of moderate or slightly conservative members have left the party and became decline to state. In most cases that means primary voters are slightly to the right of Genghis Kahn. There are a number of candidates who are too liberal for the base and making the nomination that much harder to obtain.2. Tip O'Neill's quote that money is the mothers milk of politics is very apt. It will take, by some estimates, it will take well over 50 million dollars for a candidate to get the nomination. If you look like a loser, your money sources will dry up. Haley Barbour soon realized he was not going to get the donations he needed and pulled out of the race early.3. The early Republican primaries/caucuses are absolutely important to the front runners. If you do not win where you should or make a good showing where you were supposed to do that, you are usually toast. The media will label you a loser and the money people will flee. Iowa: a caucas state that favors religious right and Tea Party types who can organize and get their poeople out. Neither Romney or Huntsman expected to do well. A second or third place finish would be impressive New Hampshire: Romney has to win, Its avery conservative pro-business state without much anti-Mormon feeling South Carolina: This is the state that destroyed John McCain in 2000 and made him in 2008. Romney has to do well.4. The Presidential race is about winning 270 electoral votes. The nominees will decide which states to wage strong campaigns in. Why would either party waste money in California because it will vote Democratic or Texas because it will go Republican? Which are the battleground states? The same as 2000, 2004 and 2008: Ohio, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania. 5. The best spot to see how races are progressing is cookpolitical.com. Charlie Cook and his group focus on individual states and what is happening in them. In the past he has been very accurate.

  • SYLVESTER IGNOWSKI

    09/09/2013 10:45 PM

    remember folks....when OBAMA makes a statement or comment about "OUR COUNTRY" that doesn't necessarily means it's the USA !

  • Betty Dockter

    09/08/2013 11:46 PM

    Was so glad to hear you comment on the fact that Obama couldn't send a plane to try and help our ambassador but want to send our war weary troops to help those who may well be our enemies. I have wondered from the beginning, just whose side is Obama on, it isn't the US

  • brent thompson

    09/07/2013 08:38 PM

    1) not even one islamist have i heard condem the attack on the world trade towers. 2) not on the boston bombing. 3) not on the bengazi attact. 4)obama failed our embassy personnel. 5) we have an undefined enemy (fighting 4000 yrs) 6) one side evil as the other. NONONONONONON!!

  • SYLVESTER IGNOWSKI

    09/07/2013 01:22 PM

    an internet story yesterday centered around a young black girl who was in the middle of a situation over haveing a hairdo that the school forbid . anyway it became racial ( surprize )! but get this ....most or all of the school's administrators are black!!! CONFUSING TO SAY THE LEAST !!!

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