Making allowances for the necessary differences in language and style, the Monday's breakfast briefing was pretty much the South African equivalent of eavesdropping on a political "inside baseball" talk by the likes of a David Axelrod or a Karl Rove, leavened with a touch of the ANC's ideological bent and special language to keep it woven into the local political system.
J. BROOKS SPECTOR listened carefully to all the spin, but he admits he still remains somewhat perplexed about the larger meaning of it all.
What the assembled journalists received early on Monday morning as they listened to a tag team performance by deputy general secretary of the ANC Jessie Duarte and 2014 election campaign coordinating "top dog" Amos Masondo was a peek, a tease, a fleeting glance of things being wheeled into place while the camouflaging drop-cloth was pulled back slightly revealing some of the political furniture located underneath.
Speaking first, former Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo set out the case for taking the ANC's continued electoral dominance seriously over the long haul, even though virtually no one doubts they will win the overall vote in 2014 by a serious margin. Like almost any other poll months before an election,...