That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaign truce over race will be tested tonight as they engage in a two-hour MSNBC sponsored debate, one that includes John Edwards and possibly Dennis Kucincich (based on a legal outcome).
But even as the candidates themselves try to avoid the topic, the man who helped fuel the fire on Sunday, BET founder Robert Johnson, tells the Washington Post that “the Obama campaign, win lose or draw, is going to have to address race. If we don’t have this debate about race within the Democratic party … we could find ourselves with a division in this party as we go up against whoever the Republicans put up.”
Johnson also explains what he meant when he called Obama “Sidney,” as in Sidney Poitier (who is an Obama supporter, by the way).
“What has happened, in my opinion, is that we have created this quote unquote ‘perfect candidate’ that’s like in the movies, that has absolutely no blemishes.” Johnson calls such a candidate unrealistic.
“Well, now we’ve got him and nobody knows how to campaign against him.”
CNN Politics: Capitalizing on the stellar ratings for all things political, CNN has scheduled a nightly election wrap, “CNN Election Center,” that will go up against Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann.
Obama and “The Wire”: Barack Obama tells the Las Vegas Sun that “The Wire” is his favorite TV show and gay gangster his favorite character.
“That is not an endorsement,” Obama says. “He is not my favorite person. But he is a fascinating character.”
“He’s this gay gangster who only robs drug dealers, and then gives back. You know, he’s sort of a Robin Hood. And he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay, you know. And it’s really interesting. It’s a fascinating character.”
“Dancing” for Clinton: Tyra Banks asked Hillary Clinton what reality show she would prefer, and Clinton chose “Dancing with the Stars.” “In my dreams I would be on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ but in reality I would have to choose my limited talents and of them dancing is better than singing,” Clinton said Monday during a taping of “The Tyra Banks Show.” “You do not want me to sing.”
More Couric Unguarded: My Damn Channel has the video.