Thursday, July 27, 2006

Politics & the VRA Extension ...

It's like we've been saying for a while now:

USAToday: "Bush signed the [Voting Rights Extension] amid fanfare and before an South Lawn audience that included members of Congress, civil rights leaders and family members of civil rights leaders of the recent past. It was one of a series of high-profile ceremonies the president is holding to sign popular bills into law. The Republican controlled Congress, eager to improve its standing with minorities ahead of the November elections, pushed the bill through even though key provisions were not set to expire until next year."

Friday, July 21, 2006

On the NAACP, Voting Rights Renewal & Where We Go From Here

Sneaking up out of our summer/big website relaunch hiatus, we have a few thoughts on some major, groundbreaking developments that took place this past week. We can't lunch on that ...

Of course, everyone in Black commentator-dom has a comment on President Bush's rare appearance and remarks before the NAACP annual convention in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Perhaps because it was convenient for him - only blocks away from the White House in downtown D.C. Jogging distance ... mountain-biking distance. Karl Rove to Bush: Mr. President, there was no need to waste precious Air Force One fuel on previous convention locations. I think we're good to go on this one.

Seriously though, it was no coincidence or sudden chance that he decided to show. NAACP head Bruce Gordon worked on this for some time through multiple closed door visits with the President in an attempt to make the organization relevant (there's been a lot of conversation recently about the organization's relevancy in the new century). We presume that D.C. was chosen during those private political liaisons for a number of reasons:

From the NAACP's perspective, it needed a central political location to establish policy supremacy during a very critical election year. To re-establish its relevancy as the traditional Black political vanguard is gradually aging itself into museum exhibits and being replaced by a more vigorous and younger professional core of African Americans that have engaged a fresh, new political style that breaks with the past.

From the Administration's perspective, timing is everything. Aware of the NAACP's dilemma, Bush agreed to what we believe was a conditional appearance. This is the really fascinating thing about his past rejection of the event: he played hardball. He did what no other modern American president would even fathom and used that to negotiate what amounted to perfect Republican timing - for the short term. Despite a short-lived GOP rebellion against the Voting Rights Act renewal, the Senate renewed it. It's all history and, with it, GOP insiders in denial that they can somehow reel in African American votes on false hope.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

What's been happening at

You've been wondering: what's up with the cats? First: we took a very brief summer hiatus.

But, the real reason is that we're on the brink of a major re-design and roll out. It's coming real soon. With new stuff. Lot's of new stuff. A bigger, better

Coming real soon ... staff