- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

Sorry state

The National Black Republican Association has issued a petition to President-elect Barack Obama, requesting that he issue a formal apology for “the Democratic Party’s 150-year history of racism.”

Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and former Vice President Al Gore are among many Democrats cited by the Florida-based group.

“We recognize that this is likely too much to ask of the oh, so ‘racially sensitive’ Democrats who want us to ignore their racist past and failed socialism that have caused so much harm to black Americans,” the group said.

The petition itself proclaims: “The Democratic Party’s use of deception and fear to intimidate black Americans into voting for Democrats is consistent with the Democratic Party’s heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery - a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party; and the Democratic Party’s racist legacy bode ill until this generation of black Americans.”

“Now, therefore, for the documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon black Americans, we submit this petition to the head of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama, for a formal proclamation of apology for the Democratic Party’s 150-year history of racism.”

Wanted: one leader

There’s another political race to think about now that the presidential bout is over. The Republican National Committee is seeking a fearless leader to retool traditional Republican Party roots into a competitive and resonating force. What he-men are vying?

Not Fred Thompson, who’s returning to acting. And not Newt Gingrich.

But current RNC Chairman Mike Duncan is mulling re-election, while former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is acting mighty chairman-like these days - and full of vigorous Internet savvy.

“Stay connected and help with our campaign to build the future through Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blip.tv,” Mr. Steele advises supporters.

Other GOPers in contention - this according to National Review:

James Greer (current Florida GOP chairman), Saul Anuzis (current Michigan GOP chairman), Katon Dawson (current South Carolina GOP chairman), Chip Saltsman (former Tennessee GOP chairman) and John E. Sununu (outgoing New Hampshire senator).

Numbers game

“Since the president took office, America’s trade with the world has increased almost 60 percent - from $2.5 to $4 trillion. Overall, America’s trade with [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] nations now accounts for almost two-thirds of its trade in the world,” the White House noted Sunday.

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