Here’s a handy to-do list for would-be politicians embarking on a campaign:
1) Order business cards with campaign web site address;
2) File proper fund-raising paperwork;
3) Buy new wardrobe and dentures for adoring spouse;
4) Scrub the Facebook page of all videos showing booty-shaking women and rappers spouting foul language or inhaling cannabis.
So far as we know, Atlanta school board candidate Byron Amos did all right with Nos.1 and 2. We’re not sure that No. 3 applies. But Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News says Amos, vice president of a rap music label called UGK Records, definitely failed to grasp the importance of No. 4:
Amos says he didn’t post the videos on his Facebook page, thanked Geary for bringing them to his attention, and promised to remove them.
But CBS Atlanta has also come across a YouTube clip “with Amos giving a birthday wish to a rapper.” The video includes a rap with misogynistic lyrics.
On the bright side, if Amos is elected, a teacher wouldn’t have to worry about that Facebook photo that shows her sipping a glass of wine.
Speaking of the Atlanta Public Schools system, former superintendent Beverly Hall is the topic of a piece in today’s New York Times:
“The Beverly Hall as they characterize me is foreign to me,” said the Jamaican-born graduate of Fordham University’s doctoral program, who began teaching in some of New York’s toughest classrooms while Atlanta was still battling to desegregate schools. “This thing of me being autocratic and removed from the schools and whatever whatever is just crazy to me.”
Although she acknowledges that she should have given more attention to testing security procedures and to evidence that cheating might be widespread, she bristles at the suggestion that children should not be held to high standards or that she was intimidating and isolated.
The basic cable TV package in our area of Cobb County includes CNBC, but not MSNBC, which made last night’s Republican presidential debate a true pain to watch. Live Twitter updates were a minute or so ahead of the MSNBC “live” stream.
For those of you who had the same difficulty, here’s the Associated Press video showing the Rick Perry-Mitt Romney exchange on Social Security:
The assessment of Tom Baxter and the Southern Political Report:
And you know what? By the closing minutes of the debate, when he was talking all his plans for reforming government and attacking Obama for his management of the economy, square-jawed old Mitt actually sounded a little front-runnerish. That’s the gestalt of an eight-candidate debate for you.
It wasn’t that Perry gave a bad performance in his first outing. It was probably smart politics not to play too much the frontrunner and to concentrate on defining himself. Whether it will prove to be politically smart to repeat the comment that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” or not, Perry’s comments Wednesday night were all conscious decisions and not unguarded remarks.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider