On The eve of New Hampshire and speculation about who will come out on top, I want to address a little Iowa issue. I know – we all ran right by Wyoming (FYI: Mittens picked up a whopping 12 (or is it 6?) delegates and Duncan Hunter came in third behind Thompson for those who missed the “all-Wyoming, all-the-time” coverage on the major networks) but I want to put it in reverse now that I’m back from my holiday writing funk.

Mitt and Hillary have been punditized as the two biggest losers in all of political land on most of the commentary shows since the Caucus results were announced. Reality says that there are two bigger losers, however: The Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend (Huh?) Al Sharpton. Now I’m not a fan of Senator Obama, in the least, as I tend to shy away from anyone who can be described as “pretty” (no… wait… pretty people avoid me) and I can’t really support anyone from the school of “behavioral economics” but a lot of people do embrace the Senator’s message of hope… er, change… no… it’s hope… yes, hope. He, in turn, embraces the media, the youth movement, and the disaffected but not the “black leadership”. Not that anyone actually had a ceremony and anointed Jackson and Sharpton to the throne.

Obama was clear that he was both black and a candidate but not “the black candidate” and in, doing so, sent the dynamic duo to the back bench. It amazes me that these two poverty pimps have been spewing their personal-morality challenged messages from the streets but retiring to their million dollar living rooms each night, for so long without opposition. Obama and I may disagree on everything but, never once, have I heard a message of victimization come from his lips.

In staying positive and in talking about the future without wearing his race on his sleeve, Obama has become the type of leader that the black community, and the nation needs. The fact that he’s left the Al and Jesse show playing in late night infomercial hell while he went prime time makes it all that more enjoyable to watch. Now if he only understood foreign policy.

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