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Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman should stay in the presidential race for the long haul.  If you think about it, Cain’s alleged actions were no worst that those of Bill Clinton, JFK, RFK, or FRD.  We would have had another Civil War before the two finalists for presidents were both Black so stop tripping about Cain can’t win.  He wins if he pushes the nation toward a flatter, simpler tax code.

Like Sarah Palin, Cain electrifies crowds and heaven knows Romney and Gingrich don’t have that ability…one of them will need Cain.

Jon Huntsman has no business leaving the race until a cross-section of the nation gets a good look at him.  He is the conservative Obama and a type Republican most people have never seen.  It is no secret that I want him to be on the ticket with Newt because Gingrich would need a VP who is grounded and cool.  Huntsman could get more southerner primary non-GOP votes than GOP votes and that is saying something. 

Obama is a great guy but we must think about what happens if the economy doesn’t improve in the next six months.  We must have a Plan B and I for one don’t want the GOP voters making the decision on who that would be alone.    Luckily, I live in a state where Dems can vote in the GOP primary and Georgia will be prominent in the presidential process with Newt and Cain on the stage.

Let me rant about marriage for a second:  Mrs. Gloria Cain, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Mrs. Maria Shiver Schwarzenegger and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards are quality ladies whose husbands got involved with jumpoffs.  We shouldn’t forget that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels left the presidential contest because his marriage was damaged by his wife leaving for another man then coming back.  Powerful men sometimes like certain “private actions” that quality women don’t or shouldn’t do—let’s not go into graphic details.  Also, some people involved in long marriage sometimes miss “strange.”  After standing before God and family to take vows, these people are dead-a— wrong but in happens.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  As a bachelor, I don’t enjoy the upside of being marriage (nightly kisses) and conversely married dudes shouldn’t enjoy the variety of being single. If I could have married Holly Robinson (before she was Peete,) I would have been happy for life but some guys won’t do right for aynthing. 

Honesty is the key; tell the truth.  If you want different folks every so often (Tiger Woods) stay single or make that clear from jumpstreet.  Many grand matrons delegate minor family duties to “the help” without blinking and evidential sleeping with old dudes has been included on the list of hired out chores.

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In my community, we say, “If you don’t know, you better raise your hand and ask someone.”  With that sage wisdom (is that a redundant term) in mind, I ask these questions about Georgia politics.

1. Is the GOP counting on young voters and Black voters not returning to the polls this year?

2. Why won’t the political parties start with the desired result and work backwards to achieve it?

3. Is the ultimate goal a better functioning America or destruction of the other parties?

4. Why won’t Michael Steele and company consider the general election when producing primary candidates?

5. Why won’t the Democrats realize that Senator Isakson can’t be beaten, not run any candidate against him and leave his sizable war chest out of the equation?

6. Would a non-contested Isakson be free to dialog now?

7. Why didn’t the GOP help Rep. Sanford Bishop become Agriculture Secretary if they seriously wanted his congressional seat?  Did they forget that the Republican governor would have appointed his replacement?

8. When the ultra-conservatives say Bishop does not listen to people, are they saying that 158,000 voters are not really people?  

9. Would Rep. Jim Marshall have been an easier and more logical target for Bishop’s opponent or David Scott’s opponent?  Did anyone ask Newt? 

10. Would Macon, Tifton and Warner Robins see GOP candidate Dr. Deborah Honeycutt and family as southern Obamas or Huxtables?  Did I just go there?  Is there anything cooler than a successful family?

11. Does anyone in the GOP remember that Rep. Marshall dissed (on some level) the Obama and Hillary presidential campaigns?  Can’t you all see an opportunity there?

12. If any Blue Dogs gets bounced, who should it be? (Leading question…I’m just saying)

13. Would Ray McKinney or Karen Bogans do better against Rep. John Barrow than the current candidates? 

14. Will the GOP produce women candidates who can reach Democrat moderate women in the general election or will tea stains be too strong?  Did I just coin the term “tea stains” to describe those supported by the strong Tea Party movement who then try to secure enough “other” voters to win the general election?

15. Is Vernon Jones the Tiger Woods of Georgia politics?  Would Jones make a good congressman if Rep. Johnson did not feel well?  (Best Wishes to Rep. Johnson) 

16. Did I tell you that Austin Scott was a bright dude who should be running for congress?  Did anyone listen?

17. Is Florida senate candidate Mario Rubio the model for the smiling southern conservative candidate? Did he learn that watching Isakson?  Is Rubio the next Obama?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/vp/35476725#35476725

18. Did anyone read this whole list?

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With children involved, we should hope for the best for Tiger Woods and his family.  I have a feeling Elin was over her head; he needed/needs a grown woman and needs to be a grown man.  Here’s the thing: this whole drama is likely maturing both of them at a rapid rate.  I saw the following on a sister’s webpage and it made me think about that Halle Berry line from the movie Boomerang.  “Love should have brought you home last night.”  The decline of the family is at the root of many of the problems the government is hopelessly trying to solve.  Yes, women should insist on males being grown a__ men.  In his first book, General Colin Powell wrote that people need a sense of shame.   

Girls vs. Grown Women

Girls leave their schedule wide-open and wait for a guy to call and make plans.

Grown women make their own plans and nicely tell the guy to get in where he fits

Girls want to control the man in their life.

Grown women know that if he’s truly hers, he doesn’t need controlling.

Girls check you for not calling them.

Grown women are too busy to realize you hadn’t.

Girls are afraid to be alone.

Grown women revel in it-using it as a time for personal growth.

Girls ignore the good guys.

Grown women ignore the bad guys.

Girls make you come home.

Grown women make you want to come home.

Girls worry about not being pretty and/or good enough for their man.

Grown women know that they are pretty and/or good enough for any man.

Girls try to monopolize all their man’s time (i.e., don’t want him hanging with his friends).

Grown women realize that a lil’ bit of space makes the ‘together time’ even more special-and goes to kick it with her own friends!

Girls think a guy crying is weak.

Grown women offer their shoulder and a tissue.

Girls want to be spoiled and ‘tell’ their man so.

Grown women ’show’ him and make him comfortable enough to reciprocate without fear of losing his ‘manhood’.

Girls get hurt by one man and make all men pay for it.

Grown women know that that was just one man.

Girls fall in love and chase aimlessly after the object of their affection, ignoring all ’signs’.

Grown women know that sometimes the one you love, doesn’t always love you back-and move on, without bitterness.

Girls will read this and get an attitude.

Grown women will read this and pass it on to other Grown women and their male friends”. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Vote2008/story?id=4634821

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On CBS’s Big Bang Theory last night, the comedic characters struggled with Jungian issues based in their childhoods.  It occurred to me that Tiger Woods is basically Michael Jackson.  Woods and Jackson both spent their childhoods and early adult lives driving for perfection.  They both became wildly successful, enjoyed great wealth and tried to purchase what could not be bought—lost time. 

Jackson wanted a childhood to replace what he thought he missed.  I remember the Ebony Magazine pictures of their California mansion with a free candy store; my brother and I read those stories before we when out to cut the acre of grass at our house with a push mower.  What did we want for Christmas?  A freaking Snapper. Woods always got a “hood pass” from my friends because he grew up in California around nicer White people than we could imagine in South Georgia.  We had a few nice White people down here and some seriously mean Black folks but my point is that Tiger didn’t need that “up from slavery” edge because he wasn’t. 

Upon further review, that edge could be what is missing with Tiger.  We don’t children to see things that little eyes shouldn’t see (eviction notices, domestic violence, empty kitchen cabinets) but those unfortunate experiences are character-building processes.  My niece called me recently with a dilemma: she could not figure out what to get for Christmas—basically she has everything.  Really?  At first, I told her to donation to some hungry kids but later said that the Barnes & Nobles Nook digital reader would be like her own personal library.  I can’t hate on Michael, Tiger or kids like my niece for having childhoods different than ours. 

What Tiger missed was running the ladies in high school and college since his dad was there to keep him from slipping.  That’s why the Tiger sidedishes all have that MTV Spring Break vibe jumping.  Tiger, I went to MTV Spring Break in Daytona and you did not miss much.  The rush that Tiger experiences when planning his indiscretions must be similar to finessing Bethpage Black—that’s a golf course in New York; not a waitress at Olive Garden.    

The worst case scenario is that Tiger is finish making big money and will live off his current billion.  I appreciate every second I have spent watching him play the most difficult major sport and to think he did all of that on courses where brothers were only welcomed as caddies during my lifetime.  I say “blank” golf and do whatever is right for you and your family.  If we weren’t rushing Tiger onto the PGA Tour for our selfish reasons, he could have stayed at Sanford and enjoy the college experiences we had.   Of course, he could get an ear ring and return to the links with a new set of sponsors.  He did not attend USC but I am thinking “Trojan Man.” Let’s see, where is the most famous USC Trojan these days.  If he called Tiger to offer advice, it will be from his “cell” phone.  

On Capitol Hill, we thought Tiger would be just right for Olympic Gold medallist gymnast and D.C. area native Dominique Dawes.  You can best believe Dawes would have nipped that creeping in the bud; D.C./Maryland sisters don’t play that.  And Michael Jackson should have continued dating Stephanie Mills.

Dominique Dawes

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Dam, Tiger.  I point the finger of blame at Brother Woods for not just staying single if he wanted to see various women.  There is an upside and downside to being married.  You can’t have your cake and eat it too.  I would feel better if he did a Hugh Hefner thing and said, “this is the wholesome lovely lady I love and the mother of my kids; we plan to grow old together.  These chicks are play-things who do stuff that wives shouldn’t do.  My wife approves of this unusual arrangement but in some Asian cultures a man can have a number one wife and consorts.”

I point another finger of blame at Elin Woods for thinking that she was bright enough, hot enough and engaging enough to maintain the interest of the number sportsman in the world for the next fifty years.   To me, vows and pledges mean something.  That’s why I would not get married if I did not plan on being 100% behind what I said before God and family in a church.  So a nanny (she has a college degree) thought she could sloop one of the top cats in the world.  Really?  Sure and I am slooping Oprah away from (I better not good there.)

Tiger listened to too many people who don’t look like me. He should have been listening the Charles Barkley saying “I am not a role model” or Eddie Murphy joke about “half…because you treat me like an-imal.”   This crap or the Clinton/Monica crap would never happen to the Obamas because Michelle Obama is a sister who is the total package and who is rolling from the Chi—don’t play with women from the Chi.  (Is Hillary from the Chi?). 

Behind every successful man is a driven woman who nagged him to the top and insisted that he does what he said he would do.  If I married a driven lovely sister in the 80s, I would in congress today; I might be unhappy but I would be unhappy on the top.  The chicks on videos and in the clubs are like cotton candy—tasty and fun but with little nutritional value.  We need substance—vegetables, fiber and protein.  Michelle Obama is USDA approved, grade A, top choice. 

(Since no one reads these post this far)  I don’t think you want to see Elin Woods without that makeup.  I did not go to Sanford or Yale but at my Black college we knew that Black don’t crack—which basically is saying that the effects of the sun are minimized by the melatonin in our skin.  The Black women with fair skin take it hard also; have you seen Jasmine Guy lately. 

http://www.tmz.com/2007/12/04/its-a-different-world-from-where-she-comes-from/

Of course, deep people care about what is inside a person and that person’s character. If a couple grows less attractive over time, the love they have and their shared experiences balances it out.  People are not as deep as they once were; they will bounce on you in a heartbeat.

I am discussing this topic on a public policy blog because the erosion of the American family structure leads to shaky homes, half-raised kids and crime. Tiger’s plea for privacy is nonsense because he decided to make a billion dollars from the public and he therefore gets a billion eyes on him. The last thing wives in middle America want is their hubbys idolizing a man who cheats or bounces on his family for the chickadees.  If a senator or the golf star did that, my hubby might get some ideas since my thighs are bigger and I am applying the Covergirl with a trowel. 

Why are Black women always getting left out?  I am so glad the sisters are left out of this Tiger Woods mess.  Then again, what do I know? If I were in Woods’ position, I would have married track start Marion Jones—and still would. 

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Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson and Magic Johnson can credit part of their success to marrying well; they chose partners who smoothly insisted or assisted their drive to the top.  Tiger Woods has made me so proud as an American and African American. Yes, my friends and I were wrong to say he is Black when he wins and Asian on the Sundays that he doesn’t win…we are wishy washy like that.  Obama policies worked well “that’s my brother”…economy down next year “what up with the Hawaiian Kansan.”

On Ken Burns long documentary about Baseball, we learned that Mr. Jackie Robinson was a “race man” or a person who constantly concerned himself with uplifting his people.  Before someone gets his BVDs in a bunch, that doesn’t mean that race men wanted to pull down other races; just assist in our raise out of our previous condition.  Of course, Robinson found himself at odds with radicals during the civil rights era and would be so disappointed with our community today.

Cookie Johnson stood by her man when some thought that she would kill him for insulting her and putting her at risk.  How is Magic doing these days?  Cookie wins and the same can be said for the widow of Arthur Ashe.  Jeanne and Arthur’s relationship was the standard by which we measured couples in my college crew—okay the Huxtables also but that was T.V.  People talk about what would Dr. King think about this and that but I wonder about Ashe’s views. 

When Ashe wanted to enlighten prominent Black Americans about the South African situation, he would coolly have a private function and broach the subject. 

If I currently serving in the Senate, I would have an outdoors weekend on my southwest Georgia spread to nudge the young cats toward who I think they should be approaching.  The only thing sweeter than Georgia peaches is the fruit that bosomed on the African vine.  Unlike the White House, security would be in full force to keep out golddiggers and video vixens.

Guest List

Tiger Woods

Kobe Bryant

Lamar Odom

Reggie Bush

Alex Rodriguez

Usher Raymond

Brian Urlacher

Ray J

Esperanza Spalding

Lizz Wright

Alicia Keys

Kelly Rowland and any former members of Destiny’s Child

Kandi Burruss (No, Kim Zolicak can’t be Plus One)

Huma Abedin, Hilllary Clinton’s assistant

Jill Scott

Melody Barnes, Obama Domestic Policy advisor

Tamron Hall, MSNBC

Venus Williams

India Arie

Let the matchmaking being:

Tiger and Esperanza

Lamar and Kandi

Kobe and A Keys or Huma

Ray J and Kandi or one of the former D.C. singers

Brian and Tamron

Alex and Melody or Esperanza 

The Senator and Tamron or Lizz 

Okay, Who told the D.J. to play Sir Mix-A-Lot:

To the beanpole dames in the magazines: You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
Give me a sister, I can’t resist her.
Red beans and rice didn’t miss her!

(Yes, I have way too much free time on my hands and half these people never dated anyone who looked like them.)

All kidding aside, Tiger and his family are going to be just fine.  After all of the things he has done right, the guy can have a little drama—he is human off the course and after last year he is human on the course also.  He knows who he likes and I wish them well.

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Let me be fair and honest: when Tiger Woods failed to make the cut at the British Open, my first thought was that I would support Vijay Singh because he kind of looks like me. Then I remembered that Boo Weekley attended college at ABAC in nearby Tifton and Tom Watson is going it big for us old guys. Am I am racist in some way or just backing my own, which is odd because I likely have more in common with old Boo than Tiger.

You know what might be coming over the horizon: an American cultural war.  If given the opportunity, I was taught at home and college to put myself in someone’s shoes.  Inside the boots of the average White southerner, I would imagine a vision of the future that see the loss of power and control in this country—power and control being the fuel for wealth and family security.  No groups gives up power and gold without a struggle and from the Palin crew we are starting to hear what can be consider the veiled “something old becoming new”….I better leave that at that.  If you want to hear future Palin speeches before they happen dust off southern governors and senators pre-1970s.

I think about Malcolm X saying that he had more respect for a man who tells him how he feels—even if he is wrong- than a man who smiles and lies.  I personally like Governor Palin for that reason and I starting to better appreciate Patrick Buchanan for the same reason.  Like Rev. Wright, Buchanan is an old guy and is “done” with sugarcoating how he really feels.  I love sitting and listening to those old heads go-off with that realness. 

In the “exercise in futility” category, those of us who were waiting to see the emergence of a moderate, less bitter division of the conservative movement were wasting our time.  Not only will the southern Right not move toward center, but the gloves are coming off about the possible loss of control and power.  Our community needs to be very careful; we should not put all of our proverbial eggs in one basket because the Right still runs the south and the national winds will shift in the future. 

In college, we started every research project with a review of the literature to see if what was about to me studied had been done before.  If there is a movement of Black moderates and conservatives that was created “for us, by us,” I welcome to opportunity to learn more about it because what is next from some parts of the Right might have a tone that could be best described as ugly.

While his arguments regarding affirmative action makes interesting points, Pat Buchanan is basically saying that White men should circle the wagons before they found their power and influence gone.  Again, I appreciate his realness in the American dialog.  I better get back to the British Open; Tom Watson is 4 under Par with a one stoke lead.  Georgia had a populist congressman and senator named Tom Watson back in the day and if you never heard his point of view, don’t worry because history has away of repeating itself.  For our community, if the opportunity to help a smooth conservative of color appears, we should consider it because the post-Obama era could be the return to…..you know.  We need someone in the room.

Sidenote: MSNBC and Fox News makes me appreciate Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley,  John Chancellor and Bernard Shaw.

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