Well, according to the definition given by embattled, unpopular, New York governor David Paterson barely a month ago:
"This state is not in the trouble that Michigan is in, Pennsylvania is in and Massachusetts is in, but you don’t see in those other states this crescendo about getting rid of the governor just because we’re in a recession"
"And I submit that the same kind of treatment that Deval Patrick is receiving right now in Massachusetts, and I’m receiving; the way in which the New York State Senate was written about, calling them a bunch of people with thick necks...that we’re not in the post-racial period."
So what do we make of this report from MSNBC?
National Democratic Party leaders have asked Gov. David Paterson to consider withdrawing from the 2010 governor's race, according to two senior New York Democratic advisers.
The New York Times, which originally reported the request on its Web site, said that it was President Barack Obama who asked Paterson to withdraw.
Patrick Gaspard, Obama's political director, was scheduled to meet with the governor on Monday, one of the sources said...
The Times reports:
“The message the White House wanted to send — that it wants Paterson to step aside — was delivered,” said the Democratic operative,, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were intended to be confidential. “He is resistant.”
This is an "extraordinary intervention", to quote the Times. Seems to me Obama is afraid that key administration critic Rudy Giuliani will go for, and win, the governor's slot, allowing him years to knock the Obama policy platform from a high-visibility position, and perhaps setting up a White House challenge in 2012.
Obama is asking Paterson to fall on his sword for the good of the party and more importantly, the good of The One. The question is - is Obama asking the same of any other white politician who is in danger in the off-year elections this November? Surely, if Jon Corzine loses New Jersey in six weeks, there will be quite a buzz about a blue state tossing a governor who has aligned himself directly with the president . Has he asked Corzine to step down and allow another Democrat to run in his stead? What about the ever-fading Craig Deeds in Virginia? Or, to use Paterson's references, the extremely unpopular Jennifer Granholm of Michigan?
Can't find any reports about Obama and the DNC stepping into any of these races (although there are always rumors about another Jersey Jerk-Around, as perfected by The Torch).
By Paterson's own definition of racism, don't these actions make the DNC a racist organization? Would Paterson call Obama "not a post-racial" president?
So sad, sad, to see Obama and the DNC trying to keep the black man down in New York. Paterson wants to prove he can be elected (he was moved in after Spitzer, remember) by the people of New York, and yet his party and its leadership are willing to sacrifice this hard-working black man's dreams, while they refuse to ask the same of equally damaging white Democrats.
Obama and the DNC: Racist?
I guess you would have to ask Governor Paterson...you know how I feel...