There are some wonderful and competent black leaders in this country. I am surprised that they have allowed Al Sharpton to have any voice. These men, like James Clyburn and Charles Rangel, are extremely competent thoughtful men. Ryburn is on Hardball right now.
Of course, given the current political races, these men are asked about MLK. And of course, they proclaim MLK as the great leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Clyburn spreads the credit out among the many people who rose up to defend civil justing in the 1960’s.
So what does Clyburn say about Robert Johnson – another black leader who has condemned Obama. “I know that Bob Johnson is remorseful about those comments… I have know him a long time and he got caught up in the moment…”
Chris Matthews asks, ‘So how would you describe the difference between Obama people and Clinton people.’ Clyburn, “It is all about the pressures that build up in any campaign… I have misspoken at times… Sometimes supporters misspeak… We should not spend much time on political correctness at this time… We have serious issues of health care and Iraq, of housing, jobs for parents, education for our children… the competing visions of how we get there should be allowed to go forward…. Obama or Clinton either have a can absolutely be elected President… Whoever the democratic nominee is – they have a good shot.”
I must say that I am surprised that the content of the program was valuable and Chris Matthews was actually civil.