May 21, 2008, - 12:27 pm

My Teacher, the Obama Superdelegate

By Debbie Schlussel
As a student at Southfield Senior High School, just outside of Detroit, I was involved in a lot of groups, one of which was Michigan Youth in Government. Our high school chapter was advised by Eric Coleman, a successful businessman who not only spent lots of time advising us, but graciously let us use his home–right on the Detroit border–for our meetings. The group learned about how Michigan government ran and what issues were key. I later ran for Michigan Youth Governor (and lost by one vote in a Southeastern Michigan “primary,” which foreshadowed my Michigan House of Representatives race, in which I lost by one vote).
Mr. Coleman built a contract janitorial service into a successful business and, years later, ran to be my County Commissioner. A wise and classy guy, Mr. Coleman’s politics could not differ more from my own. He’s very liberal, but also the nicest, most generous guy.


My Former Teacher, Eric Coleman, Obama Superdelegate

And apparently, he’s also one of the much-courted Democratic Superdelegates. Yesterday, he committed to Barack Obama. Like I said, his politics could not differ more from my own, but I like Mr. Coleman and am glad to read about his political exploits. It’s also interesting to read about the over-courting of the superdelegates that he experienced:

As an uncommitted superdelegate, Eric Coleman got so many calls to his home and office he eventually stopped answering the phone.
Among the callers: Bill and Hillary Clinton and, just a couple of days ago, Vernon Jordan, a top adviser in the Clinton White House.
“It’s been unbelievable,” the Oakland County commissioner said Tuesday. “The phone has been ringing 12 to 16 hours a day, constantly. It’s been like, ‘Vote for Hillary or the world is going to end.’ Today, I had 27 e-mails from Clinton supporters asking for my endorsement.”
Coleman sat down with Barack Obama one week ago today, following an appearance in Sterling Heights. He indicated to The Detroit News that day that he would support Obama, but made a general announcement of his intentions Tuesday.
“We had a meeting of the minds,” Coleman said. . . .
After Coleman’s formal endorsement of Obama on Tuesday, Michigan has 15 still uncommitted superdelegates who get bombarded with calls, e-mails and letters from the Obama and Clinton camps, their supporters and national and local media — and sometimes even the Democratic presidential candidates themselves.

Knowing Mr. Coleman’s very liberal views, I’m not surprised he went with Obama, though he waited until almost the very end.
Still, it’s interesting to read about my former teacher.

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Thank you for sharing this story. Mr. Coleman is indeed a very intelligent man.

Audacious on May 21, 2008 at 1:17 pm

New’s from my idiotic former home town. Glad I left.
Olympia, Washington, Democrat precinct representatives have now elected as a delegate for Barack Obama former Camp Delta Muslim chaplain James Yee.
The West Point graduate was accused in 2003 of being part of a spy ring at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay. After spending 76 days in solitary confinement, charges were dropped, because there were “national security concerns that would arise from the release of the evidence,” if the case proceeded.
Recently, James Yee appeared on Syrian television to describe the horrors of Guantanamo Bay, even though he never actually witnessed any horrors.
Send a Muslim to vote for a Muslim-how fitting.

wolf2012 on May 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

More distortions from the liberal media, are we surprised NO.
From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama’s Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.
Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by the rockers, The Decemberists. How odd that the mainstream media didn’t tell us that a few of the 75,000 in attendance might have come for the music?
Obama in Oregon — 75,000
Now it is revealed that the hugely popular indie rock band typically opens their concerts with the Soviet National Anthem. The name Decemberists is a reference to the Decembrist Revolt of 1825 against the Russian monarchy — you know, the one where the communists brutally murdered the Russian Royal family, including the child, Anastasia.
And did the Obama rally begin with the Soviet National Anthem? The concert went for 45 minutes and was widely pitched on Facebook etc. But did the band trim their act to make it Obama-appropriate?
There’s nothing wrong with a candidate using celebrity power to draw a crowd, but the media have a responsibility to report their presence. By ignoring the free concert, the Times and other outlets made it appear that 75,000 people were drawn only by Obama’s charisma.

wolf2012 on May 21, 2008 at 2:02 pm

So Deb, can you find out what BHO offered him for his vote?

DocLiberty on May 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Barack Gaffes
The Obama machine.
By Michelle Malkin
All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of ìpotatoe.î The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bushís questions about new scanner technology at a grocersí convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.
But what about Barack Obama? The guyís a perpetual gaffe machine. Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:
Last May, he claimed that tornadoes in Kansas killed a whopping 10,000 people: ìIn case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died ó an entire town destroyed.î The actual death toll: 12.
Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: ìOver the last 15 months, weíve traveled to every corner of the United States. Iíve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.î
Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, S.D., audience, Obama exulted: ìThank you, Sioux City. … I said it wrong. Iíve been in Iowa for too long. Iím sorry.î
Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: ìSen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So itís not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.î On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?
Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala., he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement: ìThere was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.î
Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was ìspeaking metaphorically about the civil-rights movement as a whole.î
Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by homing in on a lack of translators: ìWe only have a certain number of them, and if they are all in Iraq, then itís harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.î The real reason itís ìharder for us to use themî in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish. The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.
Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multibillion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup: ìHereís something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that Iím not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I donít know exactly whatís going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you Iíll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.î
I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that heís voted on at least one defense-authorization bill that addressed the ìcosts, schedules, and technical issuesî dealing with the nationís most contaminated nuclear-waste site.
Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obamaís Dreams from My Father: ìThen, thereís the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs donít exist, say the magazineís own historians.î
And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesnít ìpose a serious threat to usî ó cluelessly arguing that ìtiny countriesî with small defense budgets canít do us harm ó and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, ìIíve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.î
Barack Obama ó promoted by the Left and the media as an all-knowing, articulate, transcendent Messiah ó is a walking, talking gaffe machine. How many more passes does he get? How many more can we afford?
I thought this was just to relevant to pass up.

wolf2012 on May 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I wonder what was the decisive factor in his selection?

TheOmegaMan on May 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Coleman looks like Stanley from that TV show “The Office”.
“Super Delegates”… Only the Democrats could come up with something as asinine as that.

Yiddish Steel on May 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Wolf, any idea who opened up for Obama today in Tampa, in front of a crowd of 13,000? Or last month in Philadelphia, before 35,000?
Cutting and pasting Michelle Malkin now? Great opening sentence on this one: “All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life.”
As if McCain’s been tainted for life.

Audacious on May 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm

As I recall, BO lost both of those states. I’m sure in his pee brain he believes he won those states though. He even outspent Clinton 4 to 1 in PA and still lost. and before you get your panties in a bunch he was on the ballot in Florida, and still lost. So speaking in front of 35,000 and 13,000 people in two states he lost in, isn’t much to brag about.

wolf2012 on May 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Maxwell Audacious is thinking longingly of mass leftist rallies of days past: Woodstock, Berkeley, Nuremburg…

DocLiberty on May 21, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Just a historical comment; the Decembrists in Russia had nothing to do with the Communists; the revolt was in the early 19th century; the Bolsheviks took power almost a century later in 1917, and weren’t even organized until several decades after the Decembrist revolt. Also, although 3,000 soldiers were involved, there were relatively few deaths. At the same time, of course the name of this rock band does suggest revolt, and departure from orderly process, something that is no doubt appealing to many of the aimless people supporting Obama, and harboring resentment against others for what are their own failures.

c f on May 21, 2008 at 9:09 pm

wolf: “As I recall, BO lost both of those states. I’m sure in his pee brain he believes he won those states though.”
I’m sure he doesn’t believe he won in PA or FL.
“He even outspent Clinton 4 to 1 in PA and still lost. and before you get your panties in a bunch he was on the ballot in Florida, and still lost.”
On the ballot, yes. Did he campaign in Florida? No. He was playing by the rules set forth by the DNC and agreed to by both his and Clinton’s campaign. A sign of an honorable man, and our next President.

Audacious on May 22, 2008 at 6:44 am


samurai on May 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm

“The name Decemberists is a reference to the Decembrist Revolt of 1825 against the Russian monarchy — you know, the one where the communists brutally murdered the Russian Royal family, including the child, Anastasia.”
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
Good grief D.L. it’s good to see you haven’t grown a brain in all your time here.
Communists in 1825 – you couldn’t make it up!

No Pasaran! on May 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

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