Barack and Bobby: The Legacy of June 5, 1968

I'd just like to take a moment to honor the memory of a great man who, 40 years ago, was killed on this day.  

Yesterday, I posted a diary (found here: ) where my father spoke of the things that formed the person he is today:

I have to stand back a bit and take in what just happened. I was born during Jim Crow; grew up without any real contact with folks who didn't look and sound and act and worship like me; and had the floor dropped out from under my hopes by the assassinations of John, Martin and Bobbie; and saw the idealism of my generation crushed under the love of money and power and me-first.

Clearly, the deaths of one's heroes leaves deep scars.  Today, in my local paper, the Star-Tribune, Harry Boyte and Steven Hahn discussed the things that bind those fateful days to the precipice we stand at today.

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Obama changing Washington already

Barack Obama, now the Democratic party nominee, is adjusting the party rules to fit his own campaign's standards of integrity, populism, and transparency.

Beginning last night, Obama will open all of his fundraisers to at least a pool reporter who will share the information with the rest of the press corps.

Beginning today, the DNC will no longer accept checks from federal lobbyists or political action committees, mirroring the strict standard Obama adopted for his presidential campaign.

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Words from My Father: Obama and Generations

Last night I was at the Obama rally, and I managed to make a cell phone call through to my father, whom I wanted to make sure was watching tonight.  

He said he'd watch, but he was more concerned with making plans for his birthday in a couple weeks (I've been a bad son and forgotten his birthday on occasion... it's the day after Flag Day, how could I forget?).  I'm afraid I couldn't really talk to him seriously on the issue, since the crowd was loud and reception wasn't great.

When I got home, I found the following letter in my e-mail box; I thought I'd share some of it with you.

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Join Barack, Michelle, and me in St. Paul on June 3

I'll keep this short and sweet. ally

Obama is going to be holding a rally in the Xcell Convention Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night, celebrating the last primaries in the very same building that the Republican National Convention is going to be helled this summer.

Let's christen it Democrat-style before the Republicans get their stench all over it, shall we?

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"Republicans are in Denial"

While eating lunch today, I found the front page of the WSJ in the cafeteria, and figured I'd look to see what the other side had to say.  Generally I'm offended at their slams of Democratic candidates, but the two major columns were surprising: One was a dissection of how Bush mishandled selling the Iraq war, and the other was from Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) with some grave words for the Republican party:

Republicans are in Denial

Now, Mr. Coburn is no friend to Democrats.  He is fundamentally religious and tows the party line on just about every issue, from abortion to zinc (I'm not sure what the Republican party line on zinc is, but I'm sure he's in favor of it).  He and Barack Obama did form a partnership to bring transparency to government spending with the Google for Government project. (see that site here: ).  Thus we establish Mr. Coburn as the Coke Classic of Republicans: honestly pro-small government, low taxes, etc.

Let's have a look at what he has to say...

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Keith Ellison: Supreme Court driving down Obama & Clinton voter turnout

We heard yesterday that legislators were speaking out against the Supreme Court decision that upholds an Indiana law which prevents people from voting unless they have a picture ID.

Rep. Keith Ellison, from my state of Minnesota, wrote a column in today's newspaper revealing the truth of this issue and reminds us of what's at stake with voting rights in this country: It's not just women's right to choose or privacy rights that are ask risk; the fundamental building block of Democracy is under attack.

Let's have a look at what Ellison found: ntary/18669089.html

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UPDATED! Obama winning Guam! Unbeatable momentum!

CNN has Obama winning Guam by 6% as of this moment.

If Obama wins in Guam, how will Clinton justify staying in the race?  Why can't she close the deal?

Guam is clearly a valuable territory of the United States; they were a crucial refuelling station during World War II.  These good citizens are clearly an excellent judge of character, and their choice of Obama speaks volumes about the national mood and his electability.

Clinton supporters, how do you think your candidate can possibly respond to this loss credibly?

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Let's talk seriously about delegate margins and Calvinball

I understand that many posters here are very excited about Hillary Clinton's win in Pennsylvania, and rightfully so.  While expected by everyone who knows anything about primaries, including Obama and Clinton, it was an excellent opportunity for Clinton to scrounge up some donations, which is good, because she needs to be competative in both Indiana and North Carolina as well as pay off all the small vendors and her employee's health benefits that she's been delaying on (I know I have trouble paying bills on time, too).

Just to put things into perspective, however: Last night was a solid, but not spectacular, win for Hillary Clinton.  You need to look at it from a historical perspective with regards to the season and you'll see that it's a middle-of-the-road win and mostly notable for simply being the first primary challenge in a month and a half.

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Anti-Obama hatchet diary talking point round-up

So I was asked to collect the hatchet job summaries I made today.

No, I don't appreciate hatchet jobs.  The reason I'm posting this is so that people realize just how many times we've seen the same attacks over and over.

Without further ado:

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Another Obama superdelegate, plus MN downticket race info

I just got back from a Minnesota for Obama meeting at Bar Abeline in the lovely area of Uptown, Minneapolis, and the eighth superedelegate from my state has announced for Obama.

Nancy Larson, a silver-haired, kindly woman, had very nice things to say about Hillary Clinton, but noted to the packed restaurant/bar that only Obama could bring so many people out on a Sunday on one of the nicest days so far this year to just get ideas on how we can help the campaign and really bring change to Washington and the country.

Mayor R.T. Rybak, who is my personal choice to take on Tim Pawlenty next time around for Governor, addressed the crowd as well; he noted that we're going to continue taking on trumped up attacks like the "bitter" issue, so we might as well get used to it... but he also said that we can't let it get us down or stop getting out our message.  If you want to help out by phonebanking for Obama, here's the link to learn more about it: honebankmap/

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