Jeremiah Wright, the man formerly known as President Obama’s spiritual advisor, recently was heard on tape saying that the President was “selected” and not “elected”. I never thought I’d be saying this but I agree with Jeremiah Wright! This comment coupled with Corey Booker’s youtube clarification of his statements from “Meet the Press” this weekend best exemplify how American politics actually work.
What people don’t realize is unless you have as much money as Michael Bloomberg or The Backstreet Boys, a candidate will have to fundraise millions and millions of dollars to be a true competitor in any race for most levels of government. The point I am trying to make is that WITHOUT THE BACKING OF THE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN PARTY, a candidate does not have a shot. The ability of the two major parties to fundraise is unrivaled by any institution anywhere in the United States. Therefore, candidates and elected officials are beholdent to the needs and desires of “The Party”. In order to gain this backing, you need to work your way up and prove yourself (mayor, committee member, councilman. etc). If “The Party” does not have confidence in you, they will not give you money and you will not win. Wright’s comments are correct because “The Party” ”Selects” who they want to fundraise for. Get it?
Booker’s youtube video(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=GsdD3AvSgVQ&NR=1)explaining his “Meet the Press” comments is a perfect example of my point above. After disagreeing with Obama’s campaign strategy regarding Mitt Romney. it is obvious that Corey’s cell phone was inundated with phone calls from the DNC seconds after the completion of the program. Congressman Allen West said on “The Sean Hannity Show” today that “he folded like Gumby.” Yes, Colonel West is correct. He did but he had no choice but to do so if he wanted to have any type of future in the Democratic Party.
NOTE: See Booker on Meet the Press: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLQjt9gQq8U
My guess is that he got a call from a prominent Democrat that went a little like this, “Corey, this is_____. If you don’t retract those statements, we won’t back(fundraise) your next election or any election that you ever want to participate in. Have a nice day.”
And this is why good people don’t hold office….because they are too honest to get selected…cough…elected.