Emanuel Cleaver keeps it real!
And I have a sense of how he feels. I mean, sometimes I would root for the Lakers the year after Shaq left town with The Geriatric Squad (Payton and Malone) in tow. Most of the time they didn't have a shot in hell when going up against some of the Western Conference's most formidable teams. Yet, I still watched attentively as they got their asses kick. The outcome was a foregone conclusion. But I cheered anyway.
Emanuel Cleaver is doing the same. And although I respect him for "keeping it real," this is arguably one of those instances when keeping it real goes wrong. Representative Cleaver has been on television on numerous occasions speaking of his disdain for the pressure that has been placed on African American delegates who have opted not support Senator Obama. I for one, was especially sympathetic toward his calls for a cease fire. Female politicians who have opted not to support Senator Clinton are likely undergoing similar pressures for not siding with their gender.
Yet, Mr. Cleaver saw it fit to go explicitly state his belief that Senator Clinton would not lose. He went so far as to compare Senator Clinton to the Kansas City Chiefs playing a game against the Indianapolis Colts. No matter how hapless or hopeless the Chiefs may be, he would cheer for them anyway.
He also went on to say:
If I do the party line, I'm supposed to say — and maybe I'll say, just so if anybody hears it they can say well, 'Cleaver did the party line before he told the truth' — we believe that a contest going all the way to the convention is good for America.
Perhaps this is his way of validating his Blackness. Maybe he's just making it clear that if the shit hits the fan at the Democratic Convention his loyalty to Senator Clinton will be on thin ice. Or maybe it's just that he feels the current front runner should take the nomination so to prevent the chance of harm being done to the Democrats and their bid for the White House in November. Whatever the case may be, Senator Clinton or one of her many surrogates should reprimand Mr. Cleaver for his huge political "blunder."
First it was members of the Obama Camp calling for Senator Clinton to give up her bid for the presidency. But now her own supporters are calling for her exit? This is a sad day in Camp Clinton.
With that said, I hope Hillary takes heed and opts to hang up her stockings before the Pennsylvania primary is held.