Jeff Adair: Jesse Jackson one of many who need to retire
At some point, hopefully before my memory fails, the wrists start hurting from typing, and my coherent arguments fall apart (some may say that has already happened), I'm going to leave this business.
The money could be better. I wish my salary were in J.K. Rowling's neighborhood. But the job is interesting enough. I really can't complain.
No one will have to push me off the stage. It's only a job. It's part of who I am, not the whole thing.
What is it about some people who can't come to grips with this concept? They're no longer at the top of their game, their skills have diminished, yet they hang on.
It happens a lot in sports.
Come on, shouldn't Curt Schilling have retired last year? Off the top of my head, there's Emmitt Smith, can't-hit-a-free-throw Shaq, and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, players or coaches who stayed past their prime. Throw Muhammad Ali onto that list. He may have saved himself from his current condition if he had quit earlier in his career.
It's not just athletes. Besides, they only hurt themselves. It's politicians, those who represent others, who really raise my ire.
Now I know I'm going to get in trouble for saying this, speaking ill of a man battling cancer; it's sacrilegious to speak negatively of the liberal icon in Massachusetts.
Sharpen those pencils if you wish, but I'm going to say it: Ted Kennedy should have retired a decade ago.
Check that, voters should have retired him a decade ago. Give someone else a chance to screw things up. Spread the wealth. Serving in Congress ought not be a lifetime job.
The man is rich. All those I've mentioned are in the upper class of wealth. It's not the money that keeps them going, it's being in the spotlight, the ego.
Speaking of ego, my man Jesse Jackson has egg on his face bigtime. The brother simply can't let it go. He can't let another black man take his place as the head honcho.
The brother is jealous. Folks aren't paying him attention anymore. He's a B-list rabble-rouser.
The other day a colleague asked what I thought would have happened if a white man, Don Imus for instance, had said the same things that Jackson said about Obama.
Well, Jackson is being raked through the coals. Even his son, Jesse Jackson Jr. admonished him, saying "I reject and repudiate his ugly rhetoric." But, back to my answer. If Imus had said that, Jackson and the Rev. Al, that other gotta-be-in-the spotlight preacher, would raise a big stink, calling for his head.
There was a time Jackson deserved respect. Not anymore. His politics; his thought-process has gotten old. It's stale. Exit stage left, Jesse. Please. Enough is enough. Your days in the spotlight are over.
Jeff Adair is a Daily News editor and writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.