Monday, March 24, 2008

I say more whores, less wars

"I ain't going nowhere, bitches!"

Kwame Kilpatrick indicted on 12 counts today, ouch!

Given the overall seriousness of the American political landscape (Iraq, gas prices, etc.), this sort of tabloid news should be relegated to the satirists of SNL and The Daily Show. I don't want to read The Nation or watch CNN or listen to NPR for this tawdry comedy.

Impeaching and indicting politicians for lying about sex or extra-marital affairs but no consequence for misleading the public about policy or war is the crumbling of modern democracy.

Even in black politics, Kilpatrick's text message scandal is more comical than the embarrassment of yesterdays. For example, former Washington, D.C.'s crack-cocaine mayor Marion Berry. Remember the hotel footage of Berry yelling, "That bitch set me up!"?

Still, watching the fall of America's hip-hop mayor does make me cringe a bit. Then I smirk and go back to laughing again.

From CNN's Political Ticker:

"A Wayne County prosecutor said Monday she will seek felony charges against Detroit's embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick, who is married, has been snarled in a well-publicized sex scandal since January after The Detroit Free Press reported he exchanged romantic text messages with his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty.

The newspaper report contradicted testimony Kilpatrick gave in a court case brought by police officers against the mayor and the city of Detroit for misconduct in the mayor's office. The case alleged the mayor retaliated against the officers for their role in investigating his office. Critics alleged that Kilpatrick committed perjury and called for his resignation."

Or listen now on NPR.

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