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Poll shows Jesse Jackson Jr. has "whopping" lead

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Despite disappearing from his Congressional office for almost the entire summer to deal with mysterious personal issues, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. has a huge lead in his race for reelection. In a political climate where one wrong word can ruin a politician's chances for public office, the fact that Jackson, --who is also under federal investigation--can acknowledge that he is mentally ill and still be winning in the polls by 31 points speaks volumes about his party.

Consider the following passage from an article in last week's Chicago Sun-Times:

He's being treated for bipolar disorder -- a mental illness that can bring depression, mania, risky behavior and delusions.

He's had a highly publicized relationship with a "social acquaintance" that rocked his marriage.

His name is repeatedly linked to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Now he's the target of a federal investigation into "suspicious activity" into his congressional finances.

What does all this mean for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political future when the Nov. 6 election is a little more than three weeks away?

"He's going to be re-elected," political consultant Thom Serafin said. "In this particular part of the world, being a 'D' is so important."

Not only is he on track to be reelected, he's on track for a landslide. That doesn't make Democrats look very good.

But as the Democratic Party increasingly becomes the champion of the irresponsible as opposed to its more traditional role of as the protectorate of the common man, the quality of the Democratic brand has suffered. Increasingly, it's Republicans that create jobs. Republicans that give to charities. Republicans that have support of the military. Republicans that are more likely to vote. Republicans who, as Wolf Blitzer said Monday night, that tune in with greater numbers to watch debates.

The highest profile example is obviously the presidential race. By most accounts, Mitt Romney is an honorable man and a highly competent businessman. What are President Obama's best arguments against him? He transported his dog on a kennel on top of his car in the 1980s, gave a guy a haircut when he was in high school, wants to cuts subsidies to Big Bird, and has "binders full of women."

The Big Bird case is perfectly tailored to how the Democratic elite view their constituents (and most people)--as too infantile to absorb real arguments.

We're about to see the final iteration in this line of attack. For months I've privately been telling acquaintances that Obama's October surprise for Romney is going to be the case where, as a leader in his church, he counseled a woman to not get an abortion.

It fits perfectly into Obama's narrative that Romney hates women, and it also brings to the forefront Romney's religion (in a sneaky, indirect way). Like the other attacks, I expect it to be twisted and blown out of proportion.

Will Democrats be swayed by it? I have more faith in the Democratic voter than the Democratic politicians and activists. They are smarter than their leaders give them credit for. But they need to apply those smarts and investigate if what they are being told is really an accurate representation of the political landscape.

Perhaps there is no hope for the voters in Jackson's district. I'm not optimistic about bringing over the committed progressives. But nationally, there is one final chance for "real" salt-of-the-earth people to wake up and get it, and cross over to put the adults back in charge.

Democrats may still reelect Jesse Jackson, Jr.

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If they kept reelecting Barney Frank, who had a home where male prostitutes were turning tricks, and Marion Barry, who was caught smoking crack on tape, why wouldn't they send Jesse Jackson, Jr. back into office?

He's being treated for bipolar disorder -- a mental illness that can bring depression, mania, risky behavior and delusions.

He's had a highly publicized relationship with a "social acquaintance" that rocked his marriage.

His name is repeatedly linked to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Now he's the target of a federal investigation into "suspicious activity" into his congressional finances.

What does all this mean for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political future when the Nov. 6 election is a little more than three weeks away?

"He's going to be re-elected," political consultant Thom Serafin said. "In this particular part of the world, being a 'D' is so important."

Junior isn't even campaigning. He doesn't have to. Being a D is so important that it trumps all else, but what do you expect from a party that still tolerates his father, the good Reverend that produced a love-child during an affair with one of his staffers, then paid her hush money.

I'm starting to think that John Edwards might have a shot at a comeback in the modern Democratic Party.

If you're one of the old guard that still thinks the Democratic Party stands for something good, wake up.

King's niece stands with Beck on anniversary of "I Have a Dream" speech

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If Glenn Beck is such a racist, why would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece attend a rally he organized on the anniversary of her uncle's most important speech?

Quite simply, because Alveda King has taken the time to speak to Beck to find out who he really is.

"I am attending this rally to help reclaim America," she told "Good Morning America's" Ron Claiborne today from Capitol Hill. "I'm joining Glenn to talk about faith, hope, charity, honor. Those are things that America needs to reclaim. Our children need to remember to love each other how to honor each other, their parents, God and their neighbors. I agree with Glenn on all of those principles. So that's why I'm here. For me it's principles over politics."

Were he a racist--as many on the Left contend--I doubt very much that King would join him in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, and she certainly wouldn't have said that her uncle would have attended were he alive.

In fact, Beck was one of the few male, white speakers at the rally. Of the eleven other presenters, only two were white men--St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and Special Operations Warrior Foundation President Col. John Carney, Jr.

All three of the achievement medals Beck minted were given to minorities (albeit the third medal was accepted on behalf of philanthropist John Huntsman, who is white), in front of a banner of Frederick Douglass.

The crowd didn't boo. They did just the opposite--they gave standing ovations to the King legacy. They sang Amazing Grace after hearing Beck tell the story of the slaveship captain-turned-abolitionist who wrote it.

Beck is following in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, much to the irritation of the "real" heirs to the King legacy--Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the latter of whom held a counter-rally commemorating the anniversary of King's speech.

But Jackson and Sharpton aren't exactly the messengers of peace and dignity. Jackson is a professional shakedown artist that exploits race to extract reparations from corporations. The reverend admitted to having a love child in 2001, and called Jews "hymies." Sharpton, for his part, referred to Jews as "diamond merchants" at a funeral with signs that read, "Hitler didn't do the job." Shortly after, 20 black men murdered a 29-year-old Jewish man.

Does that sound like men carrying on King's tradition? Beck isn't a perfect messenger himself, as he freely admits. A self-proclaimed formerly suicidal alcoholic, Beck said he reformed himself after he found God.

While Jackson and Sharpton demonize Beck, Alveda King is standing by the conservative commentator and taking lumps of her own.

She's now vilified for her pro-life and anti-gay-marriage positions, even though her opinions on those issues coincide with the majority of the black community.

The source of the anger is the Left's failure to get their heads around the fact that Beck is doing a better job of striving toward King's dream than the so-called leaders of the Civil Rights movement. They've bought into their own narrative that any white person who discusses race must automatically be a racist. White people are scared to death of being so branded, so the race-card players are shocked when someone like Beck, who speaks frankly about race, memorializes King's legacy and leads his fans to follow in his footsteps.

This is a bad thing? I suggest the Left opens their eyes as Alveda King has.

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.