Monday morning report, April 28

by James M. Wall

This has been a busy weekend for campaigning by the presidential candidates. The next two big primaries will be held Tuesday, May 6, in  North Carolina and Indiana. Obama should win in North Carolina; Indiana is presently a tossup.Before May 6 there will be the May 3 Guam Caucuses. Obama should do well there, maybe sweeping the table. My guess is that Hillary Clinton will win at least 15% of the vote in the caucus which would guarantee her one delegate. She already has one super delegate pledged to her. So look for the final results to be 3 to 1 for Obama in the pledged delegates and 4 to 1 in the super delegates.   Here, from the Kos website, (April 23) is a summary of what to watch for on May 3. 
“. . .Obama campaging already “landed” in Guam. And, yes, Obama should fly to Guam for a short campaign stop or, at least, fly Michelle or some other top surrogate there. It may be worth it if he is able to repeat his Virgin Island’s result, sweeping Hillary straight into the ocean (or sea).”  

Helpful details you need to know about the Guam’s caucus, offered in the Kos posting:

 (1) Guam’s population is 173,000; 
(2) people over age 65 constitute 6.9% of the entire population. The median age is only 28; 
(3) Guam’s ethnic breakdown: Chamorro – 37%, Filippino – 26%, other Pacific Islanders – 11%, whites – 7%, Asians – 6% (somewhat similar to Hawaii?); 
(4) yes, it is a caucus, which means it is not on the mainstream media screen, but it will elect delegates.
(5) moreover, it is a closed caucus – only registered Dems are allowed to vote; 
(6) Guam will allocate 4 pledged delegates as a result of its caucus; 
(7)Guam also has 5 superdelegates. So far, only 1 announced her support. For Clinton. 4 others are undecided. (Data courtesy of the Kos website). 

Major news from this past weekend involved Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill, the former president, who was quoted in a New Yorker article by unnamed aides as feeling negative about Obama personally.

Go to the New Yorker site to catch the Clinton references. If this gets more attention, it will further harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The former president is causing concern in his wife’s campaign for the same intensity that in the past he has used to his advantage for his own campaigns.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd of 10,000 at an NAACP dinner Sunday night. Earlier this weekend, on Bill Moyers’ Now PBS program Friday night Rev. Wright spoke calmly of his peaching style, which is anything but calm in the pulpit.  He noted, for example, that Psalm 137 was the text he used in his sermon right after 9/11. He says the children of Israel were in exile and they were angry at those who took them into exile. He used the text to trace the history of the US mistreatment of non whites, Native Americans, African Americans, and more recently, the people of Palestine and Iraq.

The writer of the psalm wanted revenge against their captors and proclaimed that the Israelites were ready to smash the heads of children whose parents had brought such pain to them. (Look it up, Psalm 137)  He told his congregation that it would be wrong to respond to 911 by seeking revenge. Preaching a few days after 9/11 he spoke in prophetic language of what happens to a nation when it mistreats others and ended by suggesting that the attack was an indication that “America’s chickens have come home to roost”.

In an Associated Press story of  Dr. Wright’s speech to the NAACP in Detroit he was quoted as saying, ‘I describe the conditions in this country,’”  The story noted that despite what his critics say, he is descriptive, not divisive, when he speaks about racial injustices. “I describe the conditions in this country. . . “I’m not a politician. I know that fact will surprise many of you because many in the corporate-owned media made it seem like I am running for the Oval Office. I am not running for the Oval Office. I’ve been running for Jesus a long, long time, and I’m not tired yet.”

Another man who is not tired is Jimmy Carter.  He is just back from peace missions to Nepal and Israel-Palestine.  His op ed column on the trip is in today’s New York Times 


About wallwritings

From 1972 through 1999, James M. Wall was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, lllinois. He was a Contributing Editor of the Century from 1999 until July, 2017. He has written this blog, wall, since it was launched April 27, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years. James M Wall died March 22, 2021 at age 92. His family appreciates all of his readers, even those who may have disagreed with his well-informed writings.
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