Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sir Charles Speaks

Interesting interview conducted with former basketball great Charles Barkley, who in the recent past was quoted saying "I was a Republican until they went crazy."

In this interview, Barkely seems to back away from admitting he ever truly was a Republican (can you blame him?), but does talk about how much he likes certain Democrats and dislikes certain Republicans. He also talks about running for governor in his native Alabama, which he has speculated about on and off for years. He says he would most likely do it as an Independent, but memo to Democrats: recruit this man.

Here is an excerpt of the kinds of things he says in the interview, but read the whole thing if you get the chance:

Yes, when I realized that rich people will always be rich and the poor people are like crabs in a barrel. They are going to fight with each other, but they are really in the same boat. They want you to argue about gay marriage. They want you to argue about the war in Iraq. There is not a single person in this country in good conscience who can say the war in Iraq is going well. But then when you see someone criticize it ... some other guy from the other party says he is badmouthing the troops. And I am like, "No he's not." We are able to disagree, and saying that the war in Iraq is not going well is not treason. Some of these guys want to try people for treason. The war in Iraq is not going well.
His campaign slogan could be: Charles Barkley, a wealthy and famous guy who actually possesses common sense, unlike Republican dumbass Fred Thompson.


At 6:07 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Get on the fon to the Alabama Dem Chair!!!

At 6:36 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Sir Chaz is the real "straight talker." Not like some McPains we know.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger ohdave said...

Insightful post Cliff, but you know, even if he doesn't run, the thing is that Barkley is extremely influential. He has lots of very good friends in the sports world like MJ and Tiger who are very likely to believe privately the same things Bark does but without saying so publicly.

My buddy Westender of Clark Street Blog (google it or go to my place for the link) did a great post once on athletes giving to candidates. These dudes have money to burn and they give to the friggin GOP, people like Aikman and Manning. Manning gave so much he got invited to the little dinner for the Queen. WTF. If the sports world could get a little more pro-dem I think it would be important. The white athletes like Schilling tend to be pro-GOP while the the others are mixed. It's a huge constituency that the Dems have not actively cultivated or so it appears to me, and the support of people like Tom Brady, Curt Schilling, and so on really contributes to that idiotic tough guy image the GOP tries to cultivate (and that Romney and Guiliani are currently fighting over as they argue about who would torture somebody the most.) Do you think Heath Shuler won because he has great ideas? Many voters didn't give two shits. They knew he was an athlete and he would have also won as a Republican. I know someone in the NFL and he is Republican. Munoz here in Cinci is a huge (literally) Republican and was a big help to Blackwell. Bench is a GOP donor. A lot of the other famous athletes in Cinci are GOP.

Whereas Mike Mallory, Democrat: not an athlete.

So I think it's really important to get these guys on board. Not that I know how to do that.


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