Random-Ass Roundup: Telephones Calls, Tall Money and Tupac.

  • Obama and Bill Clinton have a chat. Whatever was said in their 20-minute phone call probably isn’t half near as interesting as the one-on-one, hour-long exchange that Obama and Hillary Clinton had behind closed doors just after the primaries were finished. Oh, to be a fly on that wall. Also, the Clintons and Obamas maxed out last week in Unity.
  • The Federal Marriage Amendment, Redux. Among this version’s original sponsors: David Vitter and Larry Craig, they of the high-priced prostitutes and foot-tapping solicitations for sex in airport bathrooms, respectively. The jokes write themselves, people. (They better. I’m lazy.)
  • The obstinately coiffed Mitt Romney is back, and this time as a frontrunner for McCain’s VP slot. The two don’t like each other, so this is obviously about Romney’s heavy-ass wallet. But Noam Schreiber said that if Romney is picked, McCain would have to opt-out of the public financing system to really, really tap into Romney’s considerable personal wealth. it’s a move that would invite a lot of criticism, as McCain just went after Obama for opting out.
  • Edolphus Towns and other down-ticket Democrats in New York are facing stiff primary challenges after they backed Clinton in her primary fights. Towns threw his support behind Clinton, then saw 55% of his very black district vote for Obama. Whoops. One of Towns’ challengers is Kevin Powell, who used to moonlight as the editor of messy anthologies of hip-hop journalism and was a trendsetter as the original Angry Black Man on MTV’s The Real World: Season One.
  • The vestiges of Death Row Records were sold for $25 million to a Tennessee company called Global Music Group. Among the assets in the sale? Twenty (!) unreleased albums from Tupac. It kinda makes you wonder when he found time to run trains on women and spit menacingly at cameramen.


Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.