Monday, April 23, 2007
RIP David & Juanita
David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Best and the Brightest, as well as twelve other books, has left us. Best and Brightest was the first political monograph I ever read as a student, and it's lessons bear review today. So now we're stuck with Tim Russert and Ann Coulter? Makes even a fiction writer like myself consider early retirement. And so went the Honorable Juanita Millender-MacDonald. The model of a public servant, e.g., someone who actually knew what that term means. She took over the term of a sadly corrupt, self-aggrandizing black politician in Compton; she's been re-elected for successive terms overwhelmingly ever since. Here was someone who showed fellow Californian Maxine Waters how one can be a House member, a role model and a strong black woman without being a harpy and a hypocrite. RIP folks.