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Labels Stick

Watching the Russian ambassador to Turkey get knocked off yesterday made me think I was watching an episode of “Madame Secretary.” Just saying.

If you follow Tags, you probably know this answer. Over the past three seasons, who leads MLB in most base hits and who is number two?

Words matter. Labels stick.

We just went through a year of “Crooked Hillary”.

First let me say that I don’t have a vote in the race of DNC Chair. I favor Labor Secretary Tom Perez who the President said was “wicked smart” last Friday at his press conference. The President has not endorsed in the race.

There is a story in Politico today about Cong. Keith Ellison who has support for DNC Chair from some heavyweight Dems like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The Politico article mentions that a long time ago Cong. Ellison used to admire Louis Farrakhan. Oh, well.

The way the game is played these days, especially by Donald Trump, if Cong. Ellison becomes DNC Chair, Trump would probably stick the tag of “Farrakhan’s Pal” or something like that on Cong. Ellison and that would be that. Like I said, that is the way the game is played these days.

Here is from the Politico article:

Keith Ellison is chair-slumped in a nondescript union office a few hundred yards north of the Capitol, surrounded by boxes of flyers for his campaign to chair the Democratic National Committee, nursing a nasty cold and eye-rolling at another question about his one-time admiration for Louis Farrakhan.

The Minnesota congressman – a powerful speaker and canny political organizer – was on the cusp of an easy victory in the race for DNC chairman until the last few weeks, when his decade-old writings on the Nation of Islam leader (he called him a “role model for Black Youth” in a 1995 student editorial) resurfaced and ignited.

Soon after, reporters unearthed 2010 comments about how Israel, “a country of seven million,” dominates U.S. policy in the Mideast — prompting a denunciation from the head of the Anti-Defamation League and Democratic mega-donor Haim Saban, casting his coronation into sudden and serious doubt.

“Everything is fair game and it’s interesting … [But] I’m 53 years old,” Ellison said during this week’s episode of POLITICO’s “Off Message” podcast – adding that his fondness for the Nation of Islam movement began as a student and lapsed soon after. “I have four kids. My youngest child is 20. Some of the things they want to hit me for, I was younger than her when I wrote them. And so, come on. At some point, we all are human beings who have evolved over the course of 25 years, and yet we want to freeze each other in time.”

Ellison is an open and engaging guy to talk with – and he relishes the chance to explain himself at length, as he did in a recent memoir — but he bristled when I suggested that everything an elected official utters or scribbles during their adult life should be fair game.

“But every single word, though?” asked Ellison, a convert from Catholicism to Islam who was the first of his faith to be elected to Congress.

Despite the support of the first couple of populist progressivism – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — the controversy has emboldened the opposition: Last week, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a buddy of President Barack Obama’s (who called him “wicked smart” last week), jumped into the race. The effort to boost Perez, paradoxically and to Ellison’s irritation, is led by operatives allied with the country’s first black president, who view the Minnesotan as too tied to the identity politics they think cost Clinton the election.

“We like Keith,” one longtime Obama political ally, who was pushing Perez, told me in November. “But is he really the guy we need right now when we are trying to get all of those disaffected white working class people to rally around our message of economic equality?”

Here is the entire article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/keith-ellison-democrats-dnc-232838.

Dem officials have until February to pick our leader.  Hope they get it right, but I doubt it.  Like I said, words matter and labels stick.  Just ask Avery.

Tags retweeted this yesterday:

Ryan Thibodaux‏@NotMrTibbs 18h18 hours ago

@ 62 ballots:

Bagwell 90%

Raines 90%

Pudge 82%

Hoffman 76%

Bonds/Clemens 71%

Vlad 69%

Edgar/Muss 65%

Schilling 50%


It is still too early to call the race.

Over the past three seasons, Jose Altuve has 641 base hits, followed by Robinson Cano with 561.

That’s all I have.

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