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Jackson, fans reflect on legacy of '84, '88 bids
Chicago Tribune ^ | June 27, 2004 | H. Gregory Meyer and Hal Dardick

Posted on 06/27/2004 12:53:21 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John

Butch Wing recalled the moment 20 years ago when Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up in Portsmouth Square in San Francisco's Chinatown.

"I remember seeing 60-, 70- and 80-year-old Chinese men and women who speak very little English saying, `Run, Jesse, run. Win, Jesse, win,'" said Wing, a Chinese-American peace activist from Berkeley, Calif., who first met Jackson in 1983, when Jackson launched his first presidential bid.

Jackson's "ability and desire to reach out to us" and other once-marginalized activist groups changed politics in America, Wing said Saturday at a reunion of members of Jackson's election team.

That get-together came on the first day of the 33rd annual conference of Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, which runs through Thursday.

For Jackson, today a little grayer and heftier, the failed presidential bids are watershed moments in a longer timeline, among them the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in 1954 and the Civil Rights Act 10 years later.

"We've seen an evolution of our struggle," said Jackson, 62, rattling off other dates in African-American history.

The idea for this year's convention is to "water the roots" and review what Jackson's campaigns generated besides reams of publicity.

Asked last week if he ever thought he'd win, Jackson answered: "I was running to register people, running to enlighten people and running to learn."

At that he succeeded, he said.

The 1984 campaign alone registered 1 million new voters, according to Rainbow/PUSH. In 1988, the campaign registered 2 million new voters. Though some dispute the numbers, few doubt Jackson's clout among black voters. Certainly not the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, who is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the conference.

Others expected to take part in the conference are former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, entertainer Bill Cosby and former President Bill Clinton.

As for enlightening people, Jackson said, his bid stretched voters' notion of the electable.

"When I ran in '84, it was like an absurd idea. It was just crazy. Scholars were writing articles," he said. Jackson won 3.5 million votes in 1984 and did better in 1988, emerging from the Democratic primaries and caucuses with 7 million votes.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2004; billclinton; chicagotribune; clinton; howarddean; jessejackson; jessejacksonjr; johnkerry; kerry2004; rainbowpush; tribunecompany
There's another article about the Jetser's 1980s prez runs in the today's Chicago Tribune as well. Although both of them were a bit skeptical about how much the King of Beers has stretched "electability," neither mentioned the "Hymietown" incident, clearly a significant event in the Shakedown King's "historic" presidential runs. The Chicago Tribune has gone completely to hell.
1 posted on 06/27/2004 12:53:22 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

It does seem that Jesse Jackoff is now a has-been.

2 posted on 06/27/2004 12:56:53 PM PDT by punster
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To: punster

Dream on.

3 posted on 06/27/2004 12:58:23 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John

His legacy is the millions in shakedown money he's been able to scam from corporate America.

4 posted on 06/27/2004 1:00:09 PM PDT by sharktrager (Help Laura beat Tuh-Ray-Za
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
Ahhh... the good old days!
5 posted on 06/27/2004 1:04:02 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
I finally started reading Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson, by Kenneth R. Timmerman. This book is a must read for anyone who need/wants/has to talk about Jackson. This man is such a slimeball and uses racism as his personal pit bull.
6 posted on 06/27/2004 3:44:15 PM PDT by kdot
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To: Land_of_Lincoln_John
I remember him "speaking" at the 2000 Democratic convention, shouting into the microphone: "STAY OUT THE BUSHES!!!....STAY OUT THE BUSHES!!!....STAY OUT THE BUSHES!!!

My, what an eloquent speaker. (Bill Cosby was right!)

7 posted on 06/27/2004 3:48:17 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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Bill Cosby will be a speaker at the Rainbow/Push fun fest this week in Chicago. They'll have a lot to talk about.

On a related note, the Tribune Co. (Chicago Tribune--source of this article--LA Times among other) suffered a defeat, it's owned and operated Chicago Cubs lost the weekend series to the Chicago White Sox. Yes!!!

8 posted on 06/27/2004 4:29:43 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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