Hillary Clinton: “Hard-Working Americans” Are White Americans

Hillary Clinton is building her own version of the “Southern strategy” patented by the Republican Party during the Nixon presidential campaign (emphasis mine):

Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters — including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

Here is the video.

Oliver Willis sees a pattern, too:

Indeed, a pattern has emerged some time ago. Boy, did we dodge a bullet.

“[W]orking, hard-working Americans, white Americans”. She really said that. Wow.

Congratulations, Hillary Clinton, you win the prize for the first Democratic Bigot Eruption since I’ve been keeping track of this. Even professional haters like Pat Buchanan and his ilk aren’t so balls-out about racism. You’ve been getting your ass handed to you and especially among black voters. This shows me once again that we – who are apparently lazy and shiftless non-Americans based on your definition – have yet again been a leading indicator.

There was maybe a slight chance Barack Obama might have been pushed to pick you as his running mate, but we can’t have someone spouting Klan-style talking points on the ticket. Heck, there’s a good shot with language like that you won’t win back your senate seat in 2012. I mean, a lot of those apparently lazy and shiftless non-American blacks helped you to win and they’d just as soon vote for someone else in the primary or the Republican in the election rather than someone echoing Bull Connor’s language.

In a separate post, Willis identifies Obama’s big mistake: He’s getting too many votes.

More people are voting for Sen. Obama and that’s a huge problem in the fall. If we extrapolate this trend, it’s possible that he could, in the general election, have more votes than any other presidential candidate in history! The nomination process will be a mockery of the highest order if Howard Dean and the DNC sit back and allow the person with the most votes and most supporters to walk away with the nomination. This isn’t what we all signed up for.


Do you really want to live in a country where the leading vote getter worms his way into the nomination for one of the two major parties in America?

I don’t. I shudder at the thought.

USA Today‘s political blog has a good roundup of the strong reaction in blogtopia to Sen. Clinton’s appeal to anti-black sentiments among whites. My favorite: Alex Koppelman at War Room:

This kind of argument coming from her isn’t surprising — as the Clinton camp has found itself in ever more dire straits, it has made ever more unsubtle arguments about the demographics of the campaign. But just because it isn’t surprising doesn’t mean it isn’t silly.

There are two problems with what Clinton said. First, there’s the assumption that voting patterns in the primaries accurately predict voting patterns in the general election. That’s not a good place to start an argument from.

But even if we concede the above point, there’s still the matter of the unspoken demographic problem Clinton herself faces. African-American voters are absolutely critical to the Democratic Party. And while it’s true that Obama trails behind Clinton in winning support from white working-class voters, it’s not as if he’s getting no support from that group whatsoever. Clinton, on the other hand, has almost no support left from African-American voters. Even George W. Bush captured a larger share of the African-American vote than she has in some recent primaries. …

First Read points out that Sen. Clinton’s “vote for me because I have a better chance to win in the general election” is counterintuitive given that mathematically Clinton cannot get the nomination:

The big question if Clinton stays in the race is this: Just how will she campaign? Yesterday, there were no negative TV ads or attack mailers. But Clinton did stress that she can win the general, implying that Obama might not be able to. “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she told USA Today, citing her support with white working-class voters. It’s comments like that one that might drive more supers toward Obama pretty quickly. Why? Because they know the math, but they don’t want her to spend three weeks making a case that Obama can’t win. It will only weaken him. Here’s what Obama backer Chris Dodd said yesterday, per NBC’s Ken Strickland. “You’re going to be asking a bunch of people [in West Virginia] to vote against somebody who’s likely to be your nominee a few weeks later? And turn around and ask the very same people a few weeks later to reverse themselves and now vote for [Obama] on election day?”

Clinton is starting to get the cold shoulder from uncommitted superdelegates and previously supportive legislators in Congress:

The tide turned against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as even some of her supporters said she should consider ending her White House bid.

Some uncommitted Democratic superdelegates refused to meet with the beleaguered candidate when her campaign approached them in the hope of wooing them. Reps. Brad Miller (N.C.) and Lincoln Davis (Tenn.) said they were invited to meet Clinton but declined to attend.

Nevertheless, Clinton’s campaign pushed back hard against growing sentiment that she cannot win the nomination.
The senator scheduled meetings to woo superdelegates and at least forestall them from endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

Most pro-Clinton lawmakers clung to the disappearing hope that she could pull off a come-from-behind victory. One, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), invoked the image of a quarterback with just enough time for a final 90-yard drive for the winning score, saying, “We’ve got to play the fourth quarter.”

But uncommitted superdelegates such as Miller say they now expect Obama to win the nomination.

I’ll end with an ironic juxtaposition. In what might be one of the worst analogies ever made, Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer compared the idea that Sen. Clinton should quit the race to Pres. Bush’s announcement in May 2003 that the war in Iraq was over:

Showing she still believes she can win, the New York senator hastily arranged a campaign stop Wednesday in West Virginia, which will hold its primary Tuesday. “We’ve seen the perils of saying ‘mission accomplished’ too early,” said Phil Singer, a Clinton campaign spokesman.

The phrase “mission accomplished” was famously displayed on an aircraft carrier in 2003, when President Bush came aboard and declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended.

And in Time magazine, Karen Tumulty prefaces a list of five mistakes Sen. Clinton made with this (emphasis mine):

For all her talk about “full speed on to the White House,” there was an unmistakably elegiac tone to Hillary Clinton’s primary-night speech in Indianapolis. And if one needed further confirmation that the undaunted, never-say-die Clintons realize their bid might be at an end, all it took was a look at the wistful faces of the husband and the daughter who stood behind the candidate as she talked of all the people she has met in a journey “that has been a blessing for me.”

It was also a journey she had begun with what appeared to be insurmountable advantages, which evaporated one by one as the campaign dragged on far longer than anyone could have anticipated. She made at least five big mistakes, each of which compounded the others[.]

Maybe the analogy is not such a bad one, after all.

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2 Comments on “Hillary Clinton: “Hard-Working Americans” Are White Americans”

  1. loomisnews Says:

    Just when you think they can’t sink any lower, da Billary exceed expectations.

  2. […] through the entire letter without using words denoting skin color even once. However, given that Clinton herself and Geoff Garin, her chief strategist, used those words quite openly after Tuesday’s […]

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