Obama Hands McCain The Quota Issue. Will He Use It?



Predictably
, Senator John McCain`s presidential
campaign

isn`t picking up much traction.
Running on a
platform of Four More Years of George W. Bush`s grand
strategy of

invade-invite-in hock
is a less than knockout
concept.

Yet, also not surprisingly, McCain
hasn`t completely slipped beneath the waves in the
polls—because a substantial fraction of the electorate
retains a

healthy skepticism about Barack Obama.

So far, McCain has done little to
exploit

voter concerns
about

who Obama really is
. Yet McCain, who has survived
five lost planes,
is not an unlucky man. Obama has
handed him an actual issue—one on which McCain could
both take a stand on principle and highlight
Obama`s fundamental vulnerability: the unanswered
question of whether  Rev.
Wright
`s long-time congregant`s

primary loyalty
is to

all Americans
…or just to African-Americans.

As you`ll recall, mid-term Election
Night 2006 was a dreary experience. The Republicans
certainly

deserved
the

drubbing
they endured, yet the Democrats didn`t
deserve their victory. The one intriguing development
was in Michigan. Ward Connerly`s Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative banning racial preferences in state business,
having finally made it to the ballot over the

united opposition
of the state`s powers-that-be and
the thuggish left, won a thumping 58-42 victory.

And that`s despite Obama recording a
radio

commercial
for the pro-quota opposition.

Connerly, who led the successful
1996 campaign for Proposition 209, authored by Tom Wood
and
Glynn Custred,
and a similarly victorious initiative
in 2000 in Washington, will likely have anti-racial
preference initiatives on the ballot in three states
this November: Colorado, Nebraska, and John McCain`s own
Arizona.

Obama

opposes Connerly`s initiatives.
This year, Obama`s
spokeswoman

explained
:



"Sen. Obama believes in a country in which opportunity
is available to all Americans, regardless of their race,
gender or economic status. That`s why he opposes these
ballot initiatives, which would

roll back opportunity
for millions of Americans and
cripple efforts to break down historic barriers to the
progress of

qualified
women and minorities."

Somehow, "regardless of their
race"
winds up meaning, in Obama-speak,
"regardful of their race."

When asked

whether his daughters should benefit from affirmative
action
, Obama routinely makes a head fake in the
direction of supporting adding class-based preferences
to the mix.

But he`s not serious about this.

Nobody has ever adequately explained
how class-based quotas would actually work, since class
is a hazier concept than race. What class

was Obama as a young man?
For that matter, what
class was McCain as a youth? Economically, McCain wasn`t
particularly well off, but within his caste, he was

a prince of the finest blood
—the

son and grandson of admirals
.

Moreover, you can intentionally
lower your kid`s class through your bad behavior. You
can write the cartoon caption: "I`m drinking my kid
into

Harvard
."

Finally, Obama knows perfectly well
that his

closest friends
in Chicago`s black corporate
business elite benefit hugely from affirmative action.
The plain truth is that, the farther up the social
ladder a black person is born, the more money
affirmative action puts into his pocket.

Consider Obama`s friend
John W. Rogers Jr
., founder of

Ariel Capital Management
, who manages eleven-figures
worth of Other People`s Money. Obama knows Rogers
through his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, who was
Rogers`s teammate on the 1979 Princeton basketball team.

I`ve followed Rogers` career since
the early 1990s. He`s a smart, cautious, responsible

investor
.

But let`s not kid ourselves: Rogers
profits from "minority
set-asides
"
quotas.
To take one of many examples,

Black Enterprise
reported in 2000:



"Raytheon looks to NCM, Ariel and MDL Capital to oversee
pension fund monies. An $800 million deal via the

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
`s Wall Street Project has set
up several minority-owned money management firms for a
big payday.



"The Raytheon Co., which had $19.8 billion in revenues
in 1999… will now entrust 5% of its pension fund assets
to women-owned and African American-owned capital
management firms during 2000. The Fortune 500 firm
employs 105,000 and has $14 billion in its pension plan.
Among the minority-owned firms chosen by Raytheon…Ariel
Capital Management, based in Chicago …"

The
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
is, of course, the shakedown

racket run
by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. What`s the human connection
between John W. Rogers and Jesse Jackson? Well, let`s
see … Rogers`s old teammate and former employee

Craig Robinson
has a

sister
who used to be named

Michelle Robinson
. Long ago, Michelle was Rev.
Jackson`s babysitter. She became a lifelong friend of
the Rev.`s daughter

Santita Jackson
, who is the godmother of the first
daughter born to Michelle Robinson Obama.

Are you starting to see how it all
fits together?

John W. Rogers is not a
poor kid from the streets who needed a break.
He`s
the scion of perhaps the most upper crust black family
in Chicago. His

father
was a

judge
. His mother,

Jewel Stradford Rogers LaFontant Mankarious
, was a
third generation Oberlin graduate who served as Deputy
Solicitor General in the Nixon Administration and
Ambassador-at-Large in the first Bush administration.
Rogers`s

mom
was on the boards of directors of Mobil,
Equitable Life, TWA, Revlon, Harte-Hanks, Hanes, and
Bendix.

To see why affirmative action
benefits blue-blooded blacks like Rogers most, think
about it from, say, Raytheon`s perspective. Jesse
Jackson has badgered us into establishing a racial quota
for our pension fund management. Okay, fine, we can
afford a quota, just as long as the quotees

don`t lose all our money.
So, are we going to hand
millions over to some guys we never heard of operating
out of a storefront on the West Side? No, we`re going to
find somebody who seems trustworthy, like this guy
Rogers, whose mother was a famous Republican.

In 2008, Connerly has had to put up
with determined attempts by the far left groups

BAMN
and

ACORN
(which is one of the

beneficiaries
of the new housing bill just passed by
Congress) to

intimidate his signature collectors
trying to
qualify the anti-racial preference initiatives for the
November election. Please check out this extraordinary

video
from the earlier Michigan struggle of a  BAMN
rent-a-mob
overturning a table in an attempt to
intimidate election officials. (And John Fund has a good
column on their 2008 antics in the July 26 Wall
Street Journal
,

The Far Left`s War on Direct Democracy
.)

BAMN is generally treated by the
Main Stream Media as if it`s a legitimate civil rights
organization. But its very name bespeaks extortionate
intimidation. BAMN stands for "By Any Means
Necessary,"
a term made popular by

Malcolm X
.

According
to

Wikipedia
, (as of today) Malcolm apparently borrowed
it from
Jean-Paul Sartre,
who

invented it
during one of his Stalinist phases:



"It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies:
it is by eradicating class by any means necessary."



"By Any Means Necessary"
is a

euphemism for violence
. Wikipedia explains:



"It is generally considered to leave open all available
tactics for the desired ends, including violence;
however, the `necessary` qualifier adds a caveat—if
violence is not necessary, then presumably, it should
not be used."

That`s the mugger`s point of view—if
he has to slug you to steal your wallet, then the
violence is your fault.

And ACORN, the

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
,
which has also been active in blocking Connerly`s
signature collectors this year, is a 1970 spinoff of the
notorious National Welfare Rights Organization that did

so much
to weaken the moral fiber of

black Americans
in the 1960s. For the last two
decades, ACORN has been heavily funded by

Fannie Mae
and other major players in the

mortgage industry.
It`s provided the big boys with a
perfect excuse (helping minorities become homeowners)
for doing what they really wanted to do all along (lower

standards of creditworthiness
in order to pursue a
policy of "Heads we win, tails the taxpayers and
savers lose”
via what

Kevin Phillips
has

called
“Wall Street socialism”.

Interestingly, Barack Obama has a
lengthy

history
with ACORN. He was a leadership trainer for
ACORN, and ACORN provided many of the staffers for
Obama`s 1991 voter registration drive
which,
according to Obama`s

official website
enrolled "150,000 African
Americans"
(not "Americans", boasts Obama,
but "African Americans".)

Endorsing Connerly`s Arizona
initiative would be a natural strategy for the senior

Senator from Arizona,
J. McCain.


Update:

A few hours after I wrote this,
McCain briefly answered a Sunday news show question by
saying he favored Connerly`s Arizona Civil Rights
Initiative:



" `I do not believe in quotas,` McCain said on ABC`s
This Week With George Stephanopoulos
. `But I have
not seen the details of some of these proposals. But
I`ve always opposed quotas.` 

McCain sides with ban
on affirmative action
,
By


David Jackson
, USA TODAY,  July 27,
2008.

Of course this is untrue, as USA
Today`
s Jackson immediately points out:



“When the Arizona Legislature considered a similar plan
10 years ago, McCain told a Hispanic group that `rather
than engage in divisive ballot initiatives, we must have
a dialogue and cooperation and mutual efforts together
to provide for every child in America to fulfill their
expectations.`”

Obama immediately snapped back:



“Speaking to a

conference
of

minority journalists
on Sunday, Obama said he was
`disappointed` by McCain`s position. `I think in the
past he had been opposed to these kinds of Ward Connerly
referenda or initiatives as divisive. And I think he`s
right,` Obama said, referring to a leading critic of
affirmative action.


[McCain
backs ban on affirmative action in Arizona
, AP,
July 27, 2008]



"Divisive,"


of course, is elite

Newspeak
for a policy that unites a majority of
American voters.

Equal treatment of Americans is
"divisive"
because it`s

anti-diversity.
Diversity, on the other hand is, by
definition,
not divisive.
Got it? Then you`ve mastered 21st
Century Doublethink and could have a fine career ahead
of you in public affairs.

The question, as I

noted
in February, is whether McCain is the
ultra-competitive

fighter jock
he likes to pretend to be, or whether
he`s just a tame Main Stream Media talking head.

Does he have the “Right Stuff”
to go to the mat with Obama?

Or will he back off when he has
“seen the details”
of Connerly`s proposals?