With a nod to the ladies of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, “Don’t Be Tardy For the Party” should apply to some folks in the political arena also. First, Kim should understand that the song is as much her tune as the GOP is Michael Steele’s operation. Kandi is the wizard behind the curtain who made that track hot and Nene came up with the idea. Steele is a smart man but heads a party with a different mindset and demeanor than his. To continue the analogy, Rush Limbaugh is Kandi and Glenn Beck is Nene.
Steele, who I really wanted in the Senate, heads a party that is not remotely interested in the blueprint he outlined while running for chair. Diversity and reaching out has given way to the “spirit” of the protest movement; moderates and centrists shouldn’t be comfortable in the new-look GOP. Georgia is one of the best states in the nation for African Americans and Steele’s party should find a Black congressional candidate down here. The brother is tardy for the party because he knows that what is being played is something he doesn’t want to hear—it’s back to the future with a rehashed southern strategy. This tune sounds very familiar.
President Obama should slow down because his plate is too full; he can’t be everywhere for everyone. Going to Europe to support Chicago’s bid for the Olympics was too much with everything else that is popping. I agree with Michael Steele on this one; the Chi-town crew should have given the first homie a pass on this one. In Georgia, we had an Olympics and it is a party that is a lot of work; and things can turn tragic if the wrong people show up. (I better leave that alone before talk turns to domestic terrorists who are fueled by reckless hate speak—“just words.”)
The Blue Dog Democrats must be with the party on healthcare reform. Of course, my mother used to say the only thing I must do is “stay Black and die” when I said I must be at a party or the skating rink. Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall skipped the Democratic National Convention and likely didn’t vote for Obama/Biden—the ultimate tardy for the party but voting no on the healthcare reform would be the final indication that his district really is a red one and not blue. I am not going to slam the guy for voting the will of his constituents but I question the supporters of the public option who allow Democrat money to flow into his war chest. My Blue Dog congressman in southwest Georgia took heat this summer for standing strong at townhall meetings regarding his views on healthcare reform–I respect that.
But, Georgia Democrats who will vote against healthcare reform should anticipate the erosion of their Black bases—remember, that base gives you more votes that the vocal protesters. If you tell me you are having a party, not only am I not tardy but I will ask if you need me to bring anything, come early to prep the grill or stay late to cleanup. I was the party police in college and would watch an inconsiderate person put down a half full can of beer or soda, go to the bathroom and then go get a new can. First, my daddy always said never leave a drink at a party for safety reasons. Secondly, partygoers should not waste beverages. We called those half-finished drinks “wounded soldiers” because you never leave wounded soldiers behind.
If we can help all those people in foreign nations, we can figure out away to provide healthcare for most Americans—America first. With secondary regard for political parties, anyone who doesn’t want to productively participate in the healthcare debate should not only be tardy for the party; they should RSVP so they can be removed from the list.
The tea partiers can have their own gathering then crash your party. But will they help clean up any mess created? The new look GOP have their own issues with the tea partiers—are these guys energetic invited guests or crashers who improved the party. Would they leave if you asked or start a ruckus? Would they take your friends with them to a new party? Back in college, a fight broke out between a fraternity and the football team but what should the guy do who is a football player and a frat member? “Hey, Blue Dog, are you conservative or Democrat?” “Protester, are you Republican or tea partier?” Can’t they be both?