A Southern California GOP official who sent out an e-mail picturing
President Barack Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee issued an
apology late Monday after a weekend of criticism that ended with a
strongly worded public rebuke from the local Republican Party chairman,
who also called for an ethics investigation into the incident.
President Barack Obama has marshaled the likes of former California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the mayors of New York and San Antonio and
Philadelphia's police commissioner in an attempt to show wide and varied
support for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.
As cannons thudded around Charleston Harbor this week in commemoration
of the start of the war that extinguished slavery, the audiences for the
150th-anniversary events were nearly all-white. Even black scholars
lecturing about black Union troops and the roots of slavery gazed out
mostly on white faces.
If the grass-roots energy that fueled President Barack Obama's 2008
campaign proves hard to duplicate as he seeks re-election, so too could
the Internet-powered small donor base that helped him shatter all