Behind the scenes, while Mfume was complaining about the great “affront” to his group by the two Johns, aides for Sen. Bob Graham were attempting to have the invitations to Kerry and Edwards rescinded. Graham was the big star on Sunday, despite having to share the limelight with Howie Dean, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton.
“This was an opportunity to give Graham a stage all to himself in some respects,” said a Miami Graham aide. “This is his home state, he’s been a friend of the NAACP for years, and while he enjoyed Sunday he would have much preferred to have their undivided attention all weekend.”
On Monday Mfume continued carping about the Gephardt, Lieberman, and Kucinich camps for not making the trip at all.
Graham’s staff at one point was telling NAACP organizers that Edwards and Kerry should not be extended any more courtesies, in part because all the presidential candidates had agreed to limit their joint appearances out of deference to the Democratic National Committee’s attempts to set up a number candidate debates over the next year.
“Basically, we’re just trying to help the NAACP keep their convention moving along at a good clip,” says the Graham staffer. “Who needs all those extra speakers when the delegates have the lovely Miami weather to enjoy?”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online