For all the heat and noise of the recent Democratic primary, as Hillary called Barack weak and phony, and Barack's folks called Hillary cold and racist, there are no bodies visible on the ground now that the dust has cleared.
The most vulnerable person was supposed to be Congressman Ed (Edolphus) Towns [photo, right], who stood by Clinton through the bitter fight for the Democratic nomination, even as most of his district went for Obama.
It was thought that angry progressive Democrats would flock to the candidacy of young Kevin Powell [photo, left] as Powell seeks to unseat Towns, denouncing Towns as a political hack who has been in office too long.
But there does not really seem to be much steam in Powell's effort. It appears weak, unfocused and burdened by concerns having to do with Powell's allegedly volatile character.
One indication of these concerns is the letter written by the author of the The Real Fort Greene blog, who writes:
". . . Kevin Powell is inexperienced in public service and has a very questionable personal history… This is going to be a tough decision. I’m beginning to be of the opinion we may want to wait until there is a better alternative. Towns is 74 and I can’t imagine he’ll be running again (although he says he’ll run again). He should recognize it’s time to groom a real heir . . . "
Like Towns, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke stuck by Clinton during the fight against Obama, as her congressional district went for Obama in the Feb. 4 New York primary. There have been notable expressions of disappointment with her for that and other reasons, but no candidate has opened emerged to take her on. (read previous post.)
And after the relatively peaceful closing of the Democratic National Convention, perhaps peace will reign in the valley of the Broken Land (Brooklyn, to you newcomers).
That is, until someone or something emerges. We, the watchers and announcers, await.