Dems are Split on President

Maybe it was inevitable?

Somewhat surprisingly, as the campaign has tightened, racial tensions have bubbled to the surface with the two camps exchanging accusations. Those tensions are reflected in this week’s polling data. Overall, Clinton and Obama are close nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. But, among white voters, Clinton leads 41% to 27%. Among African-American voters, Obama leads 66% to 16%.

How can we be surprised when a Democratic party that has made a living out of exploiting the fears and desires of minorities and women suddenly finds itself split when their two main Presidential contenders are a black man and a white woman? Well, I suppose it was heretofore unimaginable that the party of “open-minded” liberals would split along such blatant interest-group lines. Right? Well, it isn’t really that clear cut:

Hillary Clinton had said King’s dream of racial equality was realized only when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of while Bill Clinton said Illinois Sen. Obama was telling a “fairy tale” about his opposition to the Iraq war. Black leaders have criticized their comments, and Obama said Sunday her comment about King was “ill-advised.”
“I think it offended some folks who felt that somehow diminished King’s role in bringing about the Civil Rights Act,” he told reporters on a conference call. “She is free to explain that, but the notion that somehow this is our doing is ludicrous.”
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But no sooner had Clinton said she hoped the campaign would not be about race than it got even more heated. A prominent black Clinton supporter, Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, criticized Obama and seemed to refer to his acknowledged teenage drug use while introducing Clinton at her next event.
“To me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues—when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book—when they have been involved,” Johnson said. {Remember, to some, Bill Clinton was the first Black President. – ed.}
Obama wrote about his youthful drug use—marijuana, alcohol and sometimes cocaine—in his memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”
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Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Obama’s wife rose to his defense over Bill Clinton’s “fairy tale” comment. Michelle Obama said some blacks might be skeptical that white America will elect her husband, but advised them to look to his win in Iowa.
“Ain’t no black people in Iowa,” she said during a speech at the Trumpet Awards, an event celebrating black achievement. “Something big, something new is happening. Let’s build the future we all know is possible. Let’s show our kids that America is ready for Barack Obama right now.”
John Edwards, a third candidate in the Democratic primary, waded into the dispute Sunday.
“I must say I was troubled recently to see a suggestion that real change came not through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King but through a Washington politician. I fundamentally disagree with that,” Edwards told more than 200 people gathered at a predominantly black Baptist church in Sumter, S.C.

Edwards has two get his two cents in. I’m just surprised he didn’t mention that his class envy campaign is color blind!

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George
George
13 years ago

While I’m convinced “Clinton” will be the better opponent(s) for the GOP nominee to face in the General, I have a really hard time not rooting against her. She is so dispicable I cannot help but indulge myself in her every misfortune, even when it might hurt me in the long run. My hope is that she can continue with high-visibility screw-ups all the way to the nomination and then our guy can just finish her and the Bubba off for good.

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