An Open Letter

Well, we now have two declared candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. (If we’re being charitable, three, but who’s counting Lincoln Chafee?)

Hillary Clinton is on her “listening tour” (didn’t she do that in 2008?), and seems to be listening somewhat. She gave a speech calling for the end of mass incarceration; a mass incarceration she called for back when her husband was president. But, people change, that was 20 years ago, and being the good rationalist I am I will keep an open mind. I’m certainly not going to dismiss her out of hand if she wins the nomination, because the thought of someone more conservative and unhinged than Antonin Scalia taking his seat on the Supreme Court should give even the most side-eyed Democratic Clinton-hater a bucket-full of pauses.

And then we have Bernie Sanders. I really don’t know why he’s running. He might have made an impact as an independent; but, props to him, he didn’t want to split the left vote, so he’s giving it the old college try. But an old guy with unkempt hair who looks like he should be feeding the pigeons probably won’t have the financial wherewithal to take on the Koch/Adelson money machine (something Hillary will have no problem doing should she win). Bernie running is part vanity, and part to get his issues out beyond his acolytes. (This is assuming that the media give him any attention, even if he is running as a Democrat. The media is good at ignoring those who are inconvenient.)

Some are rooting for Deval Patrick to enter. Many are pinning their hopes on Martin O’Malley. And, of course, there’s always Jim Webb. (I jest.)

Of course, I have questions.

Which Democratic candidate will run on the Obama legacy, rather than running to reset to Year Zero, before the Black Guy came and shook up American politics like no president before him? Which candidate will embrace the Obama program, promising to build on it, improve it, take it forward, keep perfecting it? That’s what the Obama coalition wants to hear; not, “We need new ideas for a new time”, but, “We’re going to take what’s been working for 8 years and make it even better.”

Hillary has been on a waffling mission, at times embracing President Obama’s legacy, at others striking out in a most clanging fashion. Bernie, of course, thinks Pres. Obama is another corporatist stooge, so don’t expect much praise from him. (TPP!!!)

Which Democratic candidate can keep the Obama coalition together? It’s the coalition which has won 2 elections in a row. And not only that, but which candidate can continue the work of getting that coalition to turn out to vote in midterms?

Hillary, to her credit, has announced that she’s going to set up a 50-state grassroots campaign. In that she is following the Obama playbook. But will that bring in the Obama voters, or is she trying to completely sideline that coalition? And if so, will she be able to build a strong enough coalition to not only win the presidency, but affect down-ticket races? Bernie? Well… TPP!!!

Which Democratic candidate can unite all the Big Tent factions? Who can speak to Obama voters, Conservadems, the minority interests, labor? Who can unite the party?

I have no doubt that Hillary will try her hardest to unite all the Democratic factions. But, as readers of this essay are aware, there is already a huge backlash against her among Obama loyalists, who see her at best as a fair-weather ally. I don’t think Obama voters will go PUMA on her, but I don’t think they’ll rally around her with enthusiasm. Bernie, meanwhile, will appeal to a very small slice of the Democratic electorate, the one which thinks Democrats need to be even more to the left. It’s a needed voice, but speaks for not even a plurality of Democratic votes, much less general election voters.

Of course, there is one person who ticks off all these boxes.

He can’t run away from the Obama success (not that he would want to) because he’s been intimately involved in it.

He’s viewed by the Obama coalition as the heir apparent, a loyal soldier ready to take over the leadership from Pres. Obama.

He can speak to all the Democratic factions, because he’s worked with them throughout his long and honored career.

That man, of course, is Joe Biden.

No other Democrat has the standing Joe does.

As Pres. Obama’s loyal lieutenant, he has furthered Administration goals, arguing passionately for them.

He has given counsel. It hasn’t always been accepted (as with the Osama bin Laden raid), but has never been given in a self-serving manner.

He has defended the Administration and his president with the tenacity of a bulldog, gleefully highlighting the hypocrisy of our opponents.

And he has a good will among Democrats which no other Democrat has. He’s affable. He’s charming. He’s down-to-earth. He has no pretense.

I don’t know if he’ll run. I don’t think he knows if he’ll run. He’s run twice already, and lost both times. But neither of the previous two times that he’s run has he done so possessing the well of good-feeling which he has now. He wouldn’t be running as one of one hundred senators; he’d be running as the one man who would guarantee the continuation of the Obama program.

I will respect his decision if, after a career of service, he decides he wants to spend more time with Dr. Jill. But, I hope he has one more fight left in him. We all hope he does.


AUTHOR’S NOTE: This essay was inspired by one of my patrons, my wise friend Carl. Shout out to him.

125 Responses to “An Open Letter”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  2. 11 GGail
    April 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Bringing over…

    Moving Forward in 2015/2016

    Hillary Clinton in LA:
    “Every single value we fought for and legislative victory we and President Obama won is now at risk. Losing the White House will lead directly to legislative victories for the Party of Cruz-Bush. And the undoing of ACA and much else. Our analysis is simple; we have to retain the White House to protect what we have won, and give us the ability to build on and expand a progressive agenda. And Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate that has the broadest expertise and savvy to win in November 2016 and retain the White House for our values.

    We intend to fight to protect everything we, you, and President Obama, have gained over the past 6 years. And we intend to do everything we can to support President Obama sprinting across the finish line because that will leave President Clinton with the strongest possible starting place. To paraphrase a good friend of ours and the President’s, ‘We stand for a America where people turn to each other, not where they turn on each other.’ That is why we are progressives and Democrats. We know you each feel the same.” Lou and Carol Frillman, 4/25/2015
    Hillary will be in Los Angeles on May 7th. We have already sold out the Unger breakfast event and the Bochco luncheon. However, there is still limited space in the evening reception at the home of Cheryl and Haim Saban. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend!! If you cannot attend, please donate anyway — you will be put on the list for the next event with Hillary. Let’s show how much LA supports Hillary!

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    Attendee: $2,700 per person
    Event Co-Host: Raise $27,000 (includes host reception with Hillary and membership in Hillstarters program)
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  3. 12 GGail
    April 30, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Yes, LL, we do hope Joe has one more fight in him and that Jill agrees. Thanks for this essay!

    • 13 MightyPamela
      April 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      I found myself pondering BIden/Holder for four years, then maybe Holden/Castro, or wherever. If the two powerhouse men, Biden/Holder, were willing to take on the next few administrations, everything would move forward beyond any consideration of reversal. It may very well save this country. For future generations. Gotta go.

      • 14 GGail
        April 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

        MP, that is a mighty big dream you have there. Oh if only it were so! But I love how you think! Have a great day ❤

  4. April 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    You’re a gem LL, thanks a million for this – I don’t think he’ll run, but I would love nothing more than to see him as President.

  5. 18 arapaho415
    April 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks, LL, for the Joementum thread!!!

    I’m glad to see Bernie Sanders enter the race, at this time.

    After #MyManJoe enters the race in late Summer, Bernie and Hillary can sit on the sidelines and squabble as left-leaning vs. right-leaning Dems and @VP can position himself squarely in the pragmatic middle, like our current President (though @VP is pretty progressive, Bernie can be counted on to offer even more progressive positions 🙂 ).

    For those with the time, encourage you to read the article in the original tweet:

  6. April 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  7. 25 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Civil Rights leaders gather in Baltimore. NAACP President Cornell Brooks, Rev. Al Sharpton, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and others meet on ways to support Baltimore. Click here ► ► http://www.msnbc.com/shift/watch/live-civil-rights-leaders-in-baltimore-437006915951

    • 26 GGail
      April 30, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks JER. I hope DerBingle is aware of this. He made comment to this effect on last thread and they must have been working on just that. Way to go DerBingle. Now let’s watch what happens when people come together

  8. April 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Chips, you have a follower named “quietriot”. Can you get him/her to change the screen name so that I don’t always get this in my head when he/she retweets you?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. 28 globalcitizenlinda
    April 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Another thing Dems in general need to be worried about is the funding to the Clintons by individuals with questionable businesses and reputations. I raised this last week here and most people seem to be shrugging it off as right wing attacks. I think we kid ourselves if we think this story is going away. We may end up like we did with John Edwards. The GOP are going to milk this for all they can – remember

  10. 30 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  11. 32 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  12. 33 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  13. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    LL – Loved.Every.Word. Made sure the Draft Biden people got a link. #TrustJoe

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      April 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      And the Draft Joe Biden folks on twitter R/Td the link to your post, LL.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        April 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

        And the link Chips provided, and they tweeted it out themselves, borrowing a quote from it.

        Love social media (most of the time).

  14. April 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    GA TOD! Congrats on first, Donna!

    Germany’s cost of producing solar energy has shrunk to about a third of the price households pay for power after the nation made developers compete for subsidies.Most bids to build large ground-mounted solar plants in the first solar auction came in at 9 euro cents (9.7 U.S. cents) to 10 euro cents a kilowatt-hour, Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said. German retail consumers are paying on average 29.8 cents a kWh, according to Eurostat…..

    …Germany introduced auctions to try to lower the cost of solar installations as it seeks to more than triple the share of its power consumption coming from renewables by the middle of the century. The Bundesnetzagentur regulator received 170 bids for more than the 150 megawatts it offered. It will auction off a further 350 megawatts this year, 400 megawatts next year and 300 megawatts in 2017…continued”

  15. 38 Don
    April 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Great read, LL, it is essays like this that snap me out of my foolish thinking. Of course I would vote for Hillary if she’s the last democrat standing, she would be better than any Republican. My anger stems from the fact that all of the democrats that might run are running away from President Obama. I’m not saying that they have to be a carbon copy of President Obama, but to me it seems that they are intentionally trying to down play or ignore his many accomplishments.

  16. 40 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Excellent article, LL.
    Sanders said the UE Rate is above 11%. Hmm? Yet the number of those filing for UE benefit is at a 15 yrs low.
    I want debates. Honest debates. Dems have not done well nationally when they fight amongst themselves.
    1968. 1972. 1980. 1988(?). 2000.

  17. April 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    “California’s record-breaking drought — the worst in over a thousand years — has captured headlines. But across the western United States, high temperatures and meager amounts of snowfall are causing havoc. And it might be the sign of a new normal in the West. Water levels in Nevada’s Lake Mead, which powers the Hoover Dam and supplies water and power to tens of millions, dropped to historic lows this morning(4/27). According to the US Bureau of Reclamation, which built and manages hundreds of dams in the West, water levels at Lake Mead dipped to 1,080.07 feet, just below last August’s record of 1,080.19 feet….

    ..Melting snowpack in the Rocky Mountains flows into the Colorado River, which in turn feeds Lake Mead. In 2013, according to Reuters, Rocky Mountain meltwater was at 47 percent of normal levels. Forty million people in Nevada, Arizona, Southern California, and Mexico rely on Lake Mead for water. And the the Hoover Dam provides eight million people with power. As water levels diminish, so too does electrical output…cont”

  18. 44 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    BTW, live International Jazz Day concert from Paris:

  19. 47 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  20. April 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    “Living creatures are often seen as the innocent victims of climate change. But some life forms are emerging as villains, partly to blame for the rising temperatures in the Artic. By releasing methane from newly thawed soil or by absorbing the sun’s heat and warming the ocean around them, tiny microbes and marine phytoplankton leave a significant mark on the Arctic environment – with a potentially global impact. Mette Svenning from the University of Tromsø in Norway and her team show that soil microbe communities become greenhouse gas factories as soon as the surrounding soil thaws.

    They already knew that higher temperatures cause microbes in the Arctic soil to release methane – a greenhouse gas some 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide – at a faster rate as they feed on underground carbon stores. What they didn’t expect was just how effective they are at lower temperatures. Microbes from warmer climates grind to a virtual standstill at 4 °C, but their Arctic relatives continue producing methane at a quarter of the rate that they would at 27 °C. These temperatures are increasingly being reached during the longer summer seasons, so this could result in far greater methane emissions. With Arctic soils containing twice as much carbon as the entire atmosphere, one estimate puts the impact of thawing permafrost in the same ballpark as global deforestation, and equivalent to a warming of 0.25 °C by the end of the century.”

  21. April 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Great letter, LL. So looking forward to Joe Biden, 45th President of the United States of America.

    Yes He Will


  22. 51 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Republicans Prove They Can’t Govern As Military Funding Bill Collapses Into Chaos

    The ghost of chaos past haunted the House Wednesday night, as Republicans tried desperately to navigate around their own sequestration level spending caps in order to appease the war hawks in their party.

    Republicans slipped a nifty $532 million deficit-funded credit card to the DoD to get around the Republicans’ own spending caps – only to be busted by both a Republican war and budget hawk and a Democrat who wants to return to the way budgets are supposed to be done, pre-sequester days.

    It was a clustermuck of epic proportions, immediately recognizable as the House that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) runs. Naturally, the vote was “stalled”.


  23. 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  24. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Click to access dismantling_the_new_jim_crow_workshop.pdf

    Dismantling the New Jim Crow – Anti-Mass Incarceration Workshop
    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County proudly presents a forum to explore the connections between racism, the school to prison pipeline, the unprecedented growth of prisons, current attempts to help inmates and returning citizens, and the effects of the current prison system on women, children and families. Four experts in the field will share with us in the morning. In the afternoon, a panel will answer your questions and offer solutions and opportunities for you to volunteer to help solve this pervasive problem. More information on the flyer below. Feel free to print and distribute. Registration is REQUIRED using this form. Registration deadline is Monday, May 4.

  25. April 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Who is this group?

  26. 60 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Maryland Republican Suggests Taking Food Stamps From Rioters’ Parents


  27. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  28. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Too funny.

  29. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Per BPD spokesman at presser: 98 officers were injured in Baltimore since Monday. Wonder if they all got to go home to their families, after treatment.

  30. 69 FoxfireTX
    April 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for this LL. I am soooo hoping he decides to run. He has been showing up in all the right places recently, IA, NH, SC etc. Keeping my fingers crossed he and Jill will decide they have one last fight left in them.

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      April 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Foxfire x 2

      I too have been noticing that VP Joe has been more ‘politically’ visible. 🙂 🙂 It would be so right for the country and the world if he were to step up next. I’ve said before that even if Joe only chose to do one term that would be a tremendous step forward. Of course he wouldn’t say this while campaigning. 😉

  31. 71 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  32. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Jayne Miller an investigative reporter for WBAL in Baltimore is doing some real investigative work on the Freddie Gray death. You may want to follow her on twitter to get to the real facts.

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      April 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Donna – I started following her last night, when she was interviewed on MSNBC. She’s not playin’.

  33. April 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I have not yet read either of these pieces so I don’t know if these are arguments are satisfactory or not but thought I’d share anyway.

  34. 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  35. 77 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  36. April 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    The WHPC has to be the biggest collection of professional idiots around. I don’t know if it is willful ignorance or what, but it is pathetic nonetheless

  37. April 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I understand that Hillary Clinton is siding with Elizabeth Warren against TPP. I’ll look for the article.

  38. 90 EricFive
    April 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    All the hand-wringing by the press and pundits about property damage tells me that they don’t realize the powder keg that this country is sitting on. The “let them eat cake attitude” will blow up in their collective faces. To quote Biggie “they bleed just like us”.

    • April 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Eric, I’ve said for YEARS that we don’t have a MLK, Jr. Truthfully, I am so impressed with the vast majority of the young folks who are protesting. They have remained peaceful WITHOUT one leader out there in the streets with them. That being said, there is no MLK, Jr. and I don’t know how long the lid is going to stay on the can. People are angry, hurt and tired. The police departments are not making matters better, they are making matters worst by lying and thinking the majority of people are stupid enough to believe the lies. This could get very ugly. There are many black folks ready to lay down their lives and they know exactly what there chances are in going up against police forces, National Guard and whomever else the State calls outs.

      • 92 EricFive
        April 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        I agree. This is a very dangerous situation. The powers that be would be wise to heed the message of those who are choosing to march and protest peacefully, because the alternative will most definitely be bloody. It will likely take the form of a guerrilla campaign and if that were to happen, these devils will long for the days when concerns over “property damage” kept them up at night.

  39. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  40. 98 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  41. 99 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  42. 100 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Well done, LL. Preemptive coronation militates against the very concept of primaries. Fights in primaries is essential for the future of the party.

  43. 101 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm

  44. 102 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    CNN is reporting on a medical report claiming Freddie Gray’s injury happened INSIDE the van because he had a mark on his forehead that ” seems ” to match the shape of a ” bolt ” inside the van.

    Seriously ? A mark on his forehead broke his spine and crushed his Larynx ?

  45. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  46. 106 Nena20409
    April 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    The Headline is deceiving. It looks more than likely that Ebola in Liberia is about to be defeated…..YES!


    The World Health Organization is set to declare Liberia Ebola free. It will make that declaration on May 9th if no new cases are reported. In a sign of how the situation has improved, the Liberian Red Cross has handed back responsibility for safe burials to the Ministry of Health.


    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — American officials are shutting down a special treatment unit they set up in Liberia at the height of the Ebola crisis last year.

    It’s the latest sign that life is returning to normal in the West African country where more than 4,600 people have died from Ebola.

    On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy praised the “response and resilience” of Liberians.

    Liberia has gone 32 days now without a new Ebola case. If it stays that way until May 9, the World Health Organization could declare the country Ebola-free.

  47. April 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Can’t spread that graphic enough …

  48. 108 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    MY feisty five-year-old, Saige, is mad and she’s moving on!!

    • May 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      This is hilarious – she’s going to be a spitfire when she gets older. Best wishes to her successful future! But, I see that she was uncertain about when exactly she would be moving out… “probably after tomorrow”… So cute!

  49. 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    “Why have white people been killing us since slavery, and they’re still killing us?” one student asks.

    “All these police officers are killing black dudes for no reason,” says a boy named Montrel.

    “If a cop asks what we’re doing, and we’re not doing anything, do we have to answer?” another wonders.

  50. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Yes, of course, Alex Wagner of MSNBC tells Valerie Jarrett that President Obama should stand on Baltimore street corners and say a few words, because he’s our first African-American President.

    And I guess every other city’s street corners where there’s turmoil because, apparently, he’s her daddy.

    Why doesn’t SHE stand on Baltimore street corners and see what SHE could do?

    • 112 Nena20409
      April 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Unfortunately, she is saying what I have read on Twitter by some African Americans…….since the killing of Trayvon in Feb 2012 by that racist, Zimmerman.

      President Obama is asked to do more than any POTUS in my life time. It isn’t fair. Yet, it is what it is. The FIRST. Therefore, the sometimes unattainable demands and expectations are monumental.

      • 113 jacquelineoboomer
        April 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        I was going to tweet her, but I get what you wrote and had just brought my rant here instead. So hard to see all of the demands on him. You are right, though, it is what it is. Luckily, our President understands what’s going on, and somehow does the best he can, while people like me just sit in awe of him.

        • 114 0388jojothecat
          April 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

          Since the war on drugs, cuts to big government, dismantling of affirmative action, and now the war on AA men/boys has distroyed opportunities for the AA community because our so-called AA leaders sold us out. Clinton was the first Dem president and he did more harm than good for the chronically unemployed and all we got was lip service when our young minority men were locked up with long sentences for minor crimes. By the time PBO came along there was too much to fix and too much push back from both sides. PBO and fix all the ills of society but he put a good dent in it. Now it’s time for these young men to come together bloods, crips, and those coming out of college to take over their neighborhoods. You might not be able to vote but you can run for office. Get you name out there as a write in if you don’t have the money to get on the ballet. Be an activist and change things.

      • April 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

        “President Obama is asked to do more than any POTUS in my life time. ”

        The way he is treated, you would think he is the 1st POTUS rather than the 44th; where the role of the POTUS is *just* being established. For him, the job description seems to change from day to day, from situation to situation. One day, he’s overstepping his authority. Another day, he doesn’t do enough. Individual groups think he should cater to only them and are offended when he is being the President for ALL people. Sometimes demands are unattainable/expectations are monumental because too many of us have forgotten that *WE* are the change…not HE is the change….he is being expected to do too many things that we should expect of ourselves.

    • 117 EricFive
      April 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      So it’s the Black guy’s fault?

  51. 119 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Public Defender, Marci Tarrant Johnson, writes about the deplorable conditions facings those being held by BPD…

  52. 122 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’m a DC girl but I might have to start rooting for the Orioles with a manager like this. 😉

    • 123 forus50
      April 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks for posting Donna. Wow, I’m a big baseball fan and have always liked Buck Showalter as a coach and manager but this is thrilling to see this type of statement, especially coming from someone who is a public figure. Finally someone talking to white people the way they need to be spoken to.

      • 124 Sandy1110
        April 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        It shouldn’t be a pleasant surprise to hear this, and I hope there are more people like him in sports than not.

        I wonder what the dynamics of sports teams are like, especially baseball, which seems to be an interesting mix mostly of white (largely seemingly from the South), Latino (mostly Afro), some Asian, and some African-American.

        To be sure, they’ve had a few clear racists like the John Rockers and a few others, so it’s nice to hear an older white sports manager speak with the sensibility of an LBJ.

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