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norman kelley

norman kelley
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Norman Kelley is an independent journalist, author, and former segment radio producer at WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio. He has written for Society, L A Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Nation, New York Press, Newsday,, The Black Star News, New Politics, Black Renaissance/Noir, and The Bedford Stuyvesant Current. He is also the author of the "noir soul"/ mystery series that features "Nina Halligan" in Black Heat (Amistad), The Big Mango (Akashic Books), and A Phat Death (2003). Norman Kelley was also a contributing writer to Brooklyn Noir (Akashic Books, 2004) and DC Noir (Akashic Books, 2006) and Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium (Random House 2000). He edited and contributed to R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music (Akashic Books, 2005; 2002).

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JANUARY 22, 2010 4:28PM

TPM's Obama-rama: "Healthcare will Get Done!"

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That's for you to determine, Stellaa.
Well, Norman, lemme tell you what I got out of it.

I realize that it was not done “this year”…which is to say, in 2009.

I realize that it is not done even yet.

I realize that it may not ever come to pass…because of the possibility of filibuster in the Senate.

I realize that, in any case, it was not what I would like to have seen…nor what I wanted…it was at best just a start…a base upon which to build. In was the best I think the pols could work out in the antagonistic environment in which they are working.

I also realize that all the so-called liberal/progressives who have been savaging Obama at damn near every opportunity…and excoriating him for not voicing his support for the health care effort often enough or strongly enough…are full of shit. He voiced strong support…and he voiced it often.

My guess is the misguided liberal/progressives who are savaging Obama will, in the end, make him a one-term president…and the administration that replaces this one will be chosen by the most extreme right element of the Republican Party…

…and that we will be light years further from progressive legislation than we would have been if these misguided souls had found it in their hearts to lend a bit of support for Obama along with their criticism.
Famous last words.

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