July 15, 2004

Wouldn't it be nice to apologize?

Project 21 is challenging members of the Congressional Black Caucus to apologize to Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader.

Nader was verbally excoriated in a late June meeting with the CBC, where the Caucus tried to get Nader to drop his White House bid, lest he split the vote and help George W. Bush return to the Oval Office.

On June 22, the CBC met with Nader to try to persuade him to abandon his presidential campaign, with the stated expectation that Nader's absence from the race would increase the possibility of President George W. Bush being defeated in the November election. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a CBC member, calls the upcoming election "a life or death matter." According to witnesses outside of the closed-door meeting held in the basement of the Capitol, the discussion was punctuated with shouting and many CBC members stormed out of the room when it was over. Nader was reportedly rattled by the exchange.

Nader has since accused Representative Watt of using a "obscene, racist epithet" toward him during the meeting. In a letter to CBC Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Nader charged that Watt said: "You're just another arrogant white man - telling us what we can do - it's all about your ego - another f--king arrogant white man." Nader told Cummings: "I expect that you and others in your caucus will exert your moral persuasion and request an apology from Congressman Watt."

Project 21 members are also calling for a more civil discourse on the part of the Congressional Black Caucus.

But I'm only expecting to hear the sounds of silence in that regard. After all, anything is fair as long as it gets rid of President Bush, in their minds.

Posted by mhking at July 15, 2004 09:03 AM

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), a CBC member, calls the upcoming election "a life or death matter."

*** Life or death? Which party is advocating abortion on demand! Life or death???? I don't recall Condi Rice grovelling for Bush this way. So WHO is the real house negro? ;-)

Posted by: cyborg at July 15, 2004 11:22 AM
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