NAACP Pres. Kweisi Mfume addressed the panel of Dems
who did show…and also spoke to those who didn’t.
On the stage was an empty chair for each of the Dem non-attendees.
Mfume subtly chastised the four no-shows, saying
their “political capital is the equivalent of Confederate dollars.”
One can only imagine how a high school Mfume
would have reacted when the cool kids inevitably skipped his party.
This leads to wondering about what kind of a
world Mfume inhabits if Dennis Kucinich is one of said cool kids.
In the end, the three AWOL Democrats caved to
delicate, restrained needling and publicly fell on
their swords on the same stage where previously had been just empty
chairs with their names written on hotel stationary.
Abandoning what little dignity his “campaign” has allowed him to
keep, Kucinich intoned, “I’m very sorry I wasn’t able to be here,
amazing grace, how sweet it is, once was lost, now I’m found.”
Oh, and as if that wasn’t already beyond parody:
style=’mso-bidi-font-weight:bold’>Julianne Malveaux moderated the debate.