Man Without Qualities

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Trending Away: Leo Terrell Out The Gate

Los Angeles civil rights attorney and radio talk show host Leo Terrell - a Democratic champion of the left - has resigned as a member of the NAACP, saying officials tried to strong-arm him into dropping his endorsement of Carolyn Kuhl, the hyper-qualified, brilliant, personable woman who has been nominated by President Bush to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which can certainly use her help and talent. Mr. Terrell said he would use his weekly radio show against the NAACP:

"How dare the NAACP tell me who I can or cannot endorse on an individual basis. That is the part that makes this so outrageous. I am going to tell the whole world what the NAACP did to me."

The Man Without Qualities believes that there will be an increasing number of such defections over the next few years, as African Americans break the liberal/Democratic hold in their own impressive, unique fashion. And I expect that much of that break-up process will be fundamentally incomprehensible to the liberal/Democratic establishment with a few brilliant exceptions like Donna Brazille - although the establishment types will pore over their charts and poll results as they always have.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if within a few years Donna Brazille herself were to become an "independent" consultant instead of a Democratic consultant - why not have the formalities match the increasingly obvious substance? Why should Donna Brazille not spend her time trying to obtain school voucher programs for less advantaged children - instead of taking orders from people who take orders from teachers' unions bosses who care little about those kids? Donna Brazille has two big failings as a Democratic consultant: she is a good person who actually cares about the consequences of her acts to ordinary people, and she's brilliant enough to know what the current Democratic agenda does to those people.

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