But It’s Not About Power - Rehabbing Jesse Jackson Jr.

A news article on Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s downfall from potential future political power broker to soon to be incarcerated inmate muses on Jackson Jr.‘s problems as follows.

For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power.

Instead, it was the former congressman’s desire for flashy items — a gold-plated Rolex watch, furs and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen’s guitar.

In a state where stop-at-nothing political ambition has been well documented — and often rewarded — the seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson’s undoing is seen by political observers and former colleagues as both nonsensical and sad.

What’s nonsensical and sad is the total inability of the reporters who wrote the story; not to mention the political handlers, pundits and former political colleagues whose soundbites appear within the story; to understand that Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s downfall was and is about power.  They can opine all they’d like that Jackson Jr.‘s downfall was related to his penchance for acquiring expensive geegaws, but the fact of the matter is Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s ability to acquire expensive geegaws is only the result of Jackson Jr. trading on the faux power of his father’s name.  A name which greased and gassed Jr.‘s rise to prominence in the first place.

Articles such as this are simply the initial attempts to rehabilitate the name of Jesse Jackson Jr.  My bet is the Jackson Jr. will do his time, uttering mea culpas all the while, and that soon he’ll be gladhanding with all his former political cronies, and return to the political spotlight ala Marion Barry.

Jackson Jr.‘s downfall tied to objects, not power

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