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By Michael J. Smith on Monday January 28, 2008 08:03 PM

Thus Toni Morrison on the Great Light-Brown Hope:


This letter represents a first for me--a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate.

In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don't see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom.

She "stunned herself"? What an image. If only she had stayed stunned for awhile. Alas, she seems to have awakened quickly and started scribbling again.

Let us recall that this is the same genius who said Bill Clinton was our first black president. One wonders whether Ricky Ray Rector would concur. Perhaps he would -- the poor soul wasn't very bright. In any case he's dead, thanks to First Black President Clinton, so the question is academic. Let's MoveOn, as they say.

Morrison's letter contains about 500 words. For this we must be grateful. She could have gone on and on. Of those 500 words, 30-odd are variations on the first person pronoun -- I, me, my and so on. I don't know why I notice these things. It's just the kind of guy I am, I guess. They make an impression on me. It's just one aspect of my endlessly interesting life. Have I told you about my grandpa?

But enough about me. What do you think of my opinion of Toni Morrison?

This in-extenso version of Morrison's letter comes to us, drolly enough, through the good graces of one Sam-I-am Graham Felsen, noticed here some time ago as a Nation junior woodchuck who was presciently puffing Obama stock back in November of '06. Apparently Sammy is really on the team now, since his stuff appears on Obama's website:


Hell of a creepy site it is, too. Barack's masthead photo is shot from waist level, always an ominous Great Leader sign, and little Sammie has emulated the master pro virili, except that his smirking imago seems to have been taken with a cell phone.

Here's Sammie:

Why I support Barack Obama: I think Barack Obama is the Bobby Kennedy of my generation. He's the first truly transformational leader I've seen in my lifetime-- the only candidate for people who have been turned off by the process but are dying to re-engage in politics and help change their country.
The Bobby Kennedy of his generation! Well, fair enough -- but geez, haven't we learned anything? And as for "dying a to re-engage" in politics -- well, opportunities for dying are perhaps the only thing that the American political process can really be counted on to offer.

Comments (6)


black women went for b.o. in sc

to me that's solid
but with b.o.'s double bind ...
i obviously see some meaningful daylight in a rejection of st hill
by any group her shepardess's hook
is likely to crook
once they vote her to office
jobbled white ladies and latino folks
lets hope the clash of big icon identity hoaks fails on em
and they vote aagianst the known sell out
and for the yet to be proven sell out

Wow, Toni Morrison stunned herself?

I didn't get around to reading the entire text of her letter as my tolerance for mindless gushing has dropped precipitously lately, but I'm assuming this was in the way one stuns one's self when stepping on a rake lying "face-up" in the garden.

As for that other dope...Barack Obombirana is the Bobby Kennedy of his generation? We can only hope this also includes being gunned down in a hotel kitchen. Seriously, though, I didn't know our standards were that low these days. Talk about desperation -- I haven't heard gushing that awful since the '92 Clinton campaign. Wasn't Bubba supposed to have been The New JFK™?

Whenever I hear the phrase "Bobby Kennedy," I reach for my gun. Just like lovable little "Bobby" did with such zeal when Big Bro the Jackinator charged him with sending early Fidelista Cuba "the terrors of the Earth."

What a sick-ass code-word that BK bullshit is within the Dembots. Just go back to your "Eyes on the Prize" tapes and listen to the professional special pleader Marian Wright Edelman trying to deflect disaster of the MLK assassination back into proper channels by talking about "our" hope for the (unuttered and unevidenced) promises and of "Bobby." Oh, dahling, where DID you get those shoes?

Michael Hureaux:

Yeah, Toni seems to be a real glutton for our common punishment. It couldn't be clearer that Obama and his handlers have spent a lot of time watching footage of Saint Jackieboy and 'lil bubba Bobby, a more nauseating spectacle I've not seen since the Hart campaign of 1984, when Garry would go out of his way to insert his hand in the pocket of his suit jackets JFK style.

God, the democrats make me sick.

One notices that John-Boy said goodnight without endorsing anybody. A veep of high principle! He'll serve Killary well as apology point-man.


sirhan sirhan
shot bobby k because he was
pro the land of t'iz-real

liked to call himself
a palestinian commando

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