Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Live-blogging Larry King with Jesse Ventura, Charlie Rangel, and Robert Wexler: And the fight is on!

I'm watching Larry King and live-blogging the show.

The fight is on:

In this corner, Jesse Ventura, former independent governor of Minnesota elected on the strength of same day registration and the youth vote in a predominantly progressive liberal Dem state who really hasn't been doing much politics lately. Hey Jesse -- we hardly knew ye!

And in this corner, Charlie Rangel, senior New York City politician, a former black Dem insurgent who made it (and in all fairness, voters in his district like him...) and the foremost reason that Barack Obama DID NOT win the Harlem districts in the New York primary. Charlie, you had the white lady, but nothin sticks to teflon!

And in this other corner, Congressman Robert Wexler (FL Dem-- wikipedia says Wexler was born in Queens, NY, to Sonny and Sandra Wexler. He and his family moved to South Florida when he was ten.), the Dems need to be more active in ending the war in Iraq, which is why he's supporting Barack Obama. Wexler says Obama is a strong supporter of Israel, and is an advocate of impeachment (of Bush)....

9:37pm: Katrina Vanden Heuval, of the Nation magazine, and Defender of Obama's Bitterness, up now. Let's see how she goes after the independents: We need a new foreign policy. [And how...]

Jesse: Absolutely we should talk to Raul Castro, etc. I went to Cuba over the objections of my government under Ronald Reagan.

clip of Obama talking about our failed foreign policy...

Michael Reagan (the son of Ronald?) is speaking for the Repubs advocating for a conservative foreign policy... He's defending gas prices bec. they're making 8% profits..... [hmmm..... let's see, 8% of ........]

9:46pm: Jesse takes on Michael Reagan talking about the misleadership of the Repub party on war...

Katrina VH thinks it's offensive to hold up a doll of Jesse Ventura as a defense of the war policy...

Jesse objects to Reagan's chicken-hawk policy...

Katrina thanks Jesse....

They're all very passionate!


POSTSCRIPT:
Katrina Vanden Heuvel is now on Anderson Cooper saying that Democracy has been the winner so far in this primary season....

Hmmmm.... I know she's trying to make a connection between the increased participation of voters and the outcome of the primary now being in Barack Obama's favor. However, as a note of caution, independents are not allowed to vote in Dem primaries in 18 states.... To credit the Obama campaign with increased democracy misses the mark. We will find out if the Democratic Party is more concerned about Democracy or about the Party. Stay tuned! -- NH

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