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Want straight talk on politics? Tune in to Rachel Maddow

This chick knows her ish!

I usually don’t ‘do’ politricks because (IMO) its all just a farce.

We elect figure heads who promise us the moon when they’re campaigning, ignore us for the majority of their term, and come abegging for our votes at the end of their respective terms.

Rarely do they keep their campaign promises.

Rarely do they exude the steely fire and commitment (in office) that they demonstrated while stumping.

Rarely are they the same people they presented themselves to be, before they took office.

It’s not surprising, then, that many are disenfranchised and disillusioned after their heros get elected to office, and then turn their backs on their constituency.

I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m not some fanatic that supports Democrats just because.

Nor do I tow the party line on issues.

I generally think that most politicians are liars, not to be trusted.

Kamau bigged her up so much I had to watch the show.

So it was with great interest that I listened to Rachel Maddow, first on Totally Biased, with W. Kamau Bell show, and then again, last night on The David Letterman show.

For those of you unfamiliar with Rachel, she is an American television host, political commentator, and author.

Her nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, airs on MSNBC.

She also has a syndicated talk radio program which airs on Air America Radio.

What I found particularly captivating about Rachel is that she’s just so friggin’ smart!

I mean seriously, this chick has something special going on in all that grey matter between her ears.

Her perspective about the upcoming presidential election, the respective candidates and their parties, was unquestionably, one of the most concise, objective commentaries I’ve heard in a long time.

Even more impressive, was her passion about the subject, and her ease addressing whatever was thrown at her.

To be fair, she was talking to two comedians.

It’s not like either W. Kamau Bell or Letterman were dropping bombs on her with the questioning.

But it was clear from her responses, that she knew what the heck she was talking about, and she wasn’t merely parroting some liberal party line.

I’ve never watched the Rachel Maddow show.

I was am so disgusted with the state of politricks, that I really don’t care what either side has to say about anything.

So it stands to reason that none of these political talking heads (Wolf Blitzer, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter) have ever really resonated with me.

But with Rachel Maddow, I might actually have a reason to tune in and pay attention.

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Stumping with Vincent Morgan

Vincent Morgan cheeses for the camera with the event hosts.

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my first meeting with Vincent Morgan.

At the time, he was a prospective client.

Last Wednesday, I was stumping with my client, as he made his way about Harlem, promoting his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for the 15th District of New York.

I met him at his place, and we headed to Amsterdam and 138th, where he was scheduled to speak to the West Harlem Independent Democrats.

We arrived early and grabbed a bite to eat at a Spanish restaurant a block up from the WHID office.

After enjoying arroz con pollo with coffee, distributing a few M4C leaflets, and settling the bill (Vince paid), he, Philip (a member of his communications team) and I headed to the engagement.

When we arrived, Vince was introduced and took the floor.

He opened with a reflection on Cinco de Mayo, and it’s relevance to the race against Rangel.

He followed up with a brief background of how he came to public service.

And then fielded several questions about charter schools, small businesses, the viability of his candidacy, and closed.

From there, we headed over to the Madison Cigar Lounge, where an M4C fundraiser/meet-and-greet was being hosted by FYI Communications.

I watched, taking notes and snapping pictures, as Vince worked the room and offered his perspective for a revitalized Harlem.

By the time I headed out, I was left with one distinct impression: Vincent Morgan can win this election.

I’m not a member of the 15th district.

I’m not a NYer.

I can’t even vote in the upcoming elections.

But if I could, I’d be voting for this guy, and here are a few reasons why:

1. Harlem needs a fresh perspective. Rangel is 80 years old. What does he have in common with the struggling lower and middle class of the District?

2.  Rangel has been in office waaaayyyy too long. Period. 40 years in the House of Representatives? C’mon, can someone else speak for Harlem?

3.  Vince kinda reminds you of Obama. Democrats. Black. Raised in Chi-town. Married. Two kids.

4.  The guy knows his stuff. Vince is all about facts and being able to substantiate whatever perspective you maintain. Columbia MBA. Need I say more?

5.  He’s passionate. If you’ve seen him speak, watched any of his videos or have met him in person, you’d agree that he means what he says.

I’ll admit that I’m a member of the cult of Vince. We’re both Taurus (his birthday is the day after mine), and I am on his payroll. So I’d better be all about Vince.

But my obvious bias aside, give this guy a gander.

You may very well be looking at the next Congressman for the 15th District of New York.

If you’d like to hear him speak in person, check out the events calendar on his website to find out where he’s going to be next.

If you’re interested in donating to the campaign, volunteering or learning more, check out the Morgan4Congress website.

You can also follow him on Twitter @morgan4congress or fan like him on Facebook.

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