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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Of Roseanne, Oprah and Barack

Given the growing rancor between the Clinton and Obama camps and the avid, even blind, loyalty of some of their supporters, this latest episode shouldn't even be surprising, and yet it is. Who would have thought Roseanne Barr would surface just now? The woman has been practically sequestered since her show went off the air, and her celebrity has waned almost to the point of irrelevancy. Even so, she has found a way to interject herself into an already divisive campaign with this blog post. The more accusatory points are below:
  • Barack is an empty suit selling “hope” in lieu of Truth
  • Oprah helped to elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. I have no doubt that she voted her purse by doing this, as she is a large land owner in California, and that ilk fears Dems because they do not want to pay their “fair share” of Cali tax.
  • Oprah has given us Dr. Phil. If that was not offensive enough to decent thinking people, now she brings us Obama. He has no ideas, no plan and nothing to add other than the cynical pacification of the masses with bedtime stories about hope
  • Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too. You are a closeted republican and chose Barack because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, Hollywood and dieting!
  • It is historical that Oprah, beloved of women, chooses a flashy man with small credentials over a seasoned woman politician with 35 years of experience…and sells that to the female demographic who look to her for inspiration!
Roseanne later tried to backpedal, realizing too late the foolhardiness in taking on the Big O (although O at times does need a good tongue lashing). While all of this makes for entertaining print, it is a sad barometer of the vicious heat generated in this campaign. Nearly every presidential run I have witnessed have had their side shows and this circus is no different.

I have posted previously about my own uncertainty about Obama, and I am becoming increasingly disenchanted with Clinton with the antics and deliberate misinformation being generated out of her campaign. Yes, Roseanne, Barack is making a lot of feel-good promises; so are all of the candidates, which is par for the course. To be honest, I don't think any of the candidates are capable of extracting the US out of the economic, global and military morass which the last eight years have mired us. I truly feel it's going to take more than one or two terms to get us out of this mess and the residual effects will be felt for generations.

Still, everyone has the right to their political hopes (translation: delusions), even Roseanne. And this privilege is more than she allows Oprah and Barack. If you think Clinton is the second coming since Susan B. Anthony, more power to you. And I guess you feel Oprah and Barack are barriers to your fervid hope of finally having a woman in the most powerful position in the U.S. Well, guess what - the U.S. needs a strong viable leader and personally I don't care whether that person is sporting a third leg or not or whether his or her skin is dark or pale. If I truly believed any of these candidates - and that includes the Republican slate candidates - could get us out of this mire, than he or she would have my vote.

Right now, it seems so many have their eyes on a superficial prize - getting in a woman or a Black as president. Folks, let me tell you, if that is the focus of your political fervor, some of you may find yourself regretting your choice four years down the line - assuming either one actually wins.

I find myself surprised at my next words here because I'm not a big Oprah fan, but WTF does Oprah have to do with you, Roseanne? She has a right to campaign for Obama just like you have the right to plug for Clinton. That's what a democracy is. If you want to rally the forces for Hil, go ahead. Just don't bitch about someone else having the same rights as you.

In the end, all we can hope is that the best (wo)man wins.

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