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Hillary Clinton’s Suicidal Gamble with Race Poison
Times Online ^ | May 11, 2008 | Andrew Sullivan

Posted on 05/11/2008 11:37:14 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die

From the very beginning, the premise and the promise of Barack Obama’s campaign was that it would transcend race. And last autumn the Obama team also knew this was the only way it could win.

The Clinton brand among black voters was so strong, so unbreakable, so resilient a force that even the first credible black candidate for the presidency remained stuck 20-30% behind Hillary Clinton among African-American voters. She was, after all, the wife of the “first black president”, as the author Toni Morrison called Bill.

She had almost all the black political establishment behind her. Her husband, from his days in Arkansas during the civil rights movement, had forged a deep, durable bond with black America. And Obama’s only hope as a young insurgent was in winning a surprise victory in Iowa or New Hampshire, where black votes were close to nonexistent.

A biracial man reared by one white mother and two white grandparents knew that his ability to touch and inspire white voters was his greatest strength. Especially among younger voters, it was critical. And this appeal wasn’t geared only to white audiences. I will not forget a rally over a year ago, filled with predominantly black donors and activists, when Obama recounted how a supporter greeted him at the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Selma.

“That was a great celebration of African-American history,” the supporter said, to which Obama immediately responded: “No, no, no, no, no. That was not a great celebration of African-American history. That was a celebration of American history.” The postracial appeal wasn’t just about necessity. It was also Obama’s core conviction about his own political message.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: andrewsullivan; arkansashillbillies; blackvote; clintonhatesblacks; dncplantation; doa; hillary; machiavellian; racewar
Ho-hum. So tell me something I don't know. By now, the Clintons' modus operandi is all too familiar, perhaps a bit too familiar.

And maybe that's the life-enervating force that propels them beyond the political seeming impossible, that other politcians with a modicum of morality,self-respect, respect would have quit a long time ago.

You see, the Clintons know this and simply leverage it to their benefit, advantage.

They get away with all sorts of unscrupulous shenanigans that would have made Machiavelli blush. That's their secret weapon, that's how Hillary manages to still be in the running because there's nothing too low, too sinister, too smarmy, too unctuous for the Clintons not to perpetuate if its means getting the electorate to do their bidding.

We don't expect honesty, integrity, morality from the Clintons, and they know it, and so, they continue to prevail, to be in the running, to be viable because that's the Clinton way.

1 posted on 05/11/2008 11:37:15 AM PDT by freerepublic_or_die
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Hillary had better have some BIG scandal on Barry pending...because after this she if forever dead with the far left of the Defeatocrat party.


2 posted on 05/11/2008 11:44:40 AM PDT by kjo
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To: freerepublic_or_die

Actually, she has a solid point. Snoboma has turned off a core constituency with his followers elitism and his own racial games. This whole talk of her being a racist is part of a widespread campaign to force her out of the race before she can prove her point by winning some more states.

The black (sorry, African American) political class has lined up 98% behind Obama, and anyone who disagrees with them must be a racist. At least that’s how they come across on the media.


3 posted on 05/11/2008 11:47:10 AM PDT by flushing_kenny (870 square feet of living space and proud of it)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

It’s funny that a lot of leftist eyes are finally opening re: the Clintons. And it’s also ironic to see the Clintons, of all people, fall victim to liberal media bias... after it served their purposes so well for so many years.


4 posted on 05/11/2008 11:48:58 AM PDT by Wade827 (Job 21:3)
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To: flushing_kenny
Actually, she has a solid point

Exactly right, as difficult as it may be to admit.

By the way, this article's by Andrew Sullivan who, to quote Christopher Hitchens "wants to have Obama's baby."

5 posted on 05/11/2008 11:51:45 AM PDT by browardchad ("We are all mavericks now." -- Rush Limbaugh)
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To: freerepublic_or_die
"From the very beginning, the premise and the promise of Barack Obama’s campaign was that it would transcend race. And last autumn the Obama team also knew this was the only way it could win."

*sigh*

Sullivan is such a tool. Is there anyone on the planet who actually believes this tripe? Obeyme's campaign has been all about race since the inception. His was a "Stand there with a booger hanging from his nose and dare you to mention it" campaign of intimidation. Does anyone believe that BHO doesn't embrace BLT (even if just passively)?

The Dhimmis are so used to telling each other lies that they can no longer keep track...
6 posted on 05/11/2008 11:55:22 AM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: flushing_kenny
Actually, she has a solid point

Exactly. Credit your adversaries their strengths and never underestimate them.

7 posted on 05/11/2008 11:57:07 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

mark


8 posted on 05/11/2008 11:57:14 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Wade827
The press knew who the Clintons were years ago. IIRC, the 60 Minutes interview that did CPR on Bill's campaign after the Gennifer Flowers story broke took quite a while to set up. They selected the positioning of Hillary slightly below Bill, and stopped the videotaping several times to coach him on how to respond.

Time and several others spiked the Monica story before Drudge broke it. They knew. It's just that Bill was THEIR man, then.

Hillary, however, has gone from twisting to "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" with, yes, a blue dress on, to standing around in mustard colored pant suits, looking like a combination of everybody's ex-wife and mother-in-law combined. Obama is even further left, and is a good public speaker. So Obama's the horse and they don't have to lie about the Clintons anymore.

9 posted on 05/11/2008 11:57:16 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Richard Kimball
Obama is even further left, and is a good public speaker. So Obama's the horse and they don't have to lie about the Clintons anymore.

I suppose you're right.

Turns out the "C" in CNN didn't stand for "Clinton" after all. It must stand for "Communist", instead...

10 posted on 05/11/2008 12:04:05 PM PDT by Wade827 (Job 21:3)
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To: freerepublic_or_die; M. Espinola; Calpernia
Before Super Tuesday, Clinton campaign operatives aired rumours that Obama had been a drug dealer – hint, hint – in his younger days. When Obama scored a landslide in South Carolina, Bill Clinton reminded the media that Jesse Jackson had won the state as well. He called Obama a “kid”, perilously close to calling him a “boy”, prompting the former Clinton operative Donna Brazile to say: “I tell you, as an African-American, I find his words and his tone to be very depressing.” The black civil rights icon John Lewis switched from Clinton to Obama. When Clinton told white rural voters that Obama didn’t care about “people like you”, it stung.

Bill and Hill are shameless political@ssholes. She is a bloody-handed, murderous Witch. Michelle Obama was correct. No way should Obama allow her to run as his Veep. She would be too close to power -- hint, hint -- 'Nuff said here.

11 posted on 05/11/2008 12:04:09 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: kjo

If Rezko starts to squeal, Obama is toast..


12 posted on 05/11/2008 12:07:25 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

AS makes some good points about the Clintonistas, who are always scum..... but on Obama, AS must be delusional from dreaming of a “bareback” ride with the guy...... all the “post-racial” b.s. was just weak gruel for the gullible left. Obama has immersed himself for 20+ years in radical racist b.s. and we’re expected to accept that he believes none of it (in which case it was the most shameless and dishonest kind of opportunism for Obama to be part of a church with values he comprehensively rejects, just for his political advantage).


13 posted on 05/11/2008 12:27:36 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: My 1930s Foreign Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Social Policy!)
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To: freerepublic_or_die

All the Clintons have done is expose that scumbag Obama for the racist snake-oil saleman he is. Anyone who believes that Obama is somehow less of a dangerous p.o.s. than either of the Clintons is a fool.


14 posted on 05/11/2008 12:31:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: sheik yerbouty
If Rezko starts to squeal, Obama is toast..

I would bet that Rezko has been given the McDougal/Hubbell ultimatum - - you talk, you die.
It's just the way the rats play the game.

15 posted on 05/11/2008 12:34:55 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: flushing_kenny

When 98% of the Black vote goes to the only Black candidate, isn’t that racist?


16 posted on 05/11/2008 12:43:27 PM PDT by no dems (The Democrats destroying each other gives me moments of pleasureable reflections.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Could be..


17 posted on 05/11/2008 1:25:23 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Wade827

I will know its over when I see Lanny Davis cry on the air ands claim that CNN has not given Hillary a fair shake.


18 posted on 05/11/2008 1:51:24 PM PDT by rod1 (u)
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To: no dems
When 98% of the Black vote goes to the only Black candidate, isn’t that racist?

Not just racist on their part, but hypocritcal as well.

19 posted on 05/11/2008 3:19:33 PM PDT by Vision Thing ("Moo! Gets out the way!")
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To: flushing_kenny
The black (sorry, African American) political class has lined up 98% behind Obama, and anyone who disagrees with them must be a racist. At least that’s how they come across on the media.

They have NOW - after the clinton's trashed them in South Carolina.

Mainly because Hillary trash talked MLK and JFK.

It is the same reason she alienated the Kennedies.

20 posted on 05/11/2008 4:32:50 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: sheik yerbouty
If Rezko starts to squeal, Obama is toast..

Dream on.

Rezko is not going to even squeak.

Did any of the corrupt clinton's squeak? NOPE, but some are six foot under.

21 posted on 05/11/2008 4:38:58 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: freerepublic_or_die
From the very beginning, the premise and the promise of Barack Obama’s campaign was that it would transcend race.

Considering that the Obamas spent 20 years worth of Sundays listening to racist hate speech in order to establish his Chicago identity politics credentials with a radicalized black community political base, that was a very cynical premise and a very cynical promise to make to the rest of America.


22 posted on 05/11/2008 5:30:28 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: no dems

Don’t talk about the 90+ percent black vote for Obama. I don’t have any issue with it whatsoever. This is the first serious black candidate for President. So that’s the voter’s including the black voter’s right.

But Shrillary is really playing into her ‘base’ of lower education, lower earning white vote, or the Bubba vote as it used to be called.

The woman is doing shots, talking about shooting guns among other things.

The Rats are the Balkanization Party of America, divided by every single area one can come up with including race, income, and genitalia.
Vote for your genitalia (tribe) is only one Shrillary motto.

Now Shrillary is making one last desperate appeal to the SPDs (Super Politician Delegates). Don’t vote for that guy, he can’t get my white chump peops and he’ll lose. If you want to win, vote for me.

This is the Clintons really what did you expect? Grace?


23 posted on 05/11/2008 6:33:19 PM PDT by romanesq
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To: flushing_kenny

Exactly. Obama’s been a racist politician from the beginning. He spent 20 years as a member of a racist, anti-white, anti-American church and lied when he claimed not to know about Wright’s radical opinions. He’s become such a darling of the media that they’ve even turned on Hillary.

Hillary’s a despicable human being, but her assertion that she’d do better in the general election with white voters, working class voters, and so forth is simply the truth. She actually would do better than Obama in attracting those voters. Why is it “race poison” to point that out? The media are setting up ground rules for the general election which will make it impossible to criticize Obama without being called a “racist”. They’re treating anti-Obama white voters as a mass equivalent of Obama’s white grandmother. She was “racist” for fearing an aggressive black panhandler, and a working class white guy who doesn’t want to put a black radical named Hussein in the Commander-in-Chief position is a “racist” as well. That’s what we’re being set up for.

If they fail to elect Obama, which is likely, the media will then declare that the only reason he lost was because he was black (i.e., whites are “racists”). McCain will then be pressured to move even further to the left to prove his sensitivity and heal the nation.

Hillary deserves a ton of criticism, but for hypocrisy rather than her factual observation that she’d get more white votes than Obama. She and Bill have spent years falsely accusing whites of racism. The Dinkins-Giuliani race in NYC is one example. This behavior dates back to her college days when she fawned over the Black Panthers. She’s spent decades accusing opponents of the liberal agenda of “racism”. Not to mention her frequent claims that anyone opposing her is a sexist who doesn’t like strong women, her phony claims of a vast right-wing conspiracy, and more.

She’s currently being victimized by her own tactics, so I have zero sympathy for her. However, Obama’s the one who’s really spreading race poison, from his membership in a racist church to his sneering dismissal of the white working class in his San Francisco speech. He’s falsely accused his own grandmother of being a racist and thus a “typical white person”. And his wife’s conduct has been just as bad.


24 posted on 05/11/2008 10:37:43 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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I agree. As much as I dislike Hillary, she’s not the one who played the race card - it was Osama Obama from the very start, and in fact he and his wife have built their entire careers on this (look how hard he tries to preserve his race-warrior bona fides by basically denying the white half of his own family!).

He’s a corrupt Chicago pol who tapped into the black money and power source, and no matter who ran against him, at some point they would have been forced to respond to this. This is particularly true since the media and his other flunkies immediately make aversion to Osama Obama a racial matter, thereby preventing anyone from pointing out the legitmate problems: black separatism, Muslim affiliations, radical leftism, corruption, and inexperience at anything except the foregoing.


25 posted on 05/12/2008 8:40:15 AM PDT by livius
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To: kjo
Hillary had better have some BIG scandal on Barry pending...because after this she if forever dead with the far left of the Defeatocrat party.

If she had, she would have already used it against him. She got away with a lot of stuff because of who she is, make no mistake about it - had she been Republican or a male, the media would have crucified her and her campaign for some of what they were doing.

In the end, Obama and McCain can breath a sigh of relief (especially McCain - Hillary would have dragged every one of his skeletons out of the closet for all to see - she would have basically been running the Rove playbook from 2000 with a few minor updates).
26 posted on 05/12/2008 9:53:59 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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