First LBJ -- now Bill?
I know there's a dispute
about what Hillary said and didn't say about MLK and LBJ. But MLK and ex-presidents keep popping up. The latest subtle surrogate hit against Obama comes from Mayor Menino
at a MLK celebration yesterday in Roxbury: "There is no person in this country that did more for civil rights then (sic) Bill Clinton." ... Did Bill really do more than some of the still-living legends of the Civil Rights movement? Why do the Clintons and their surrogates keep elevating the role of whites in the civil rights movement? ... The emerging line of argument from the Clinton side reminds me of all those civil-rights and anti-apartheid movies in which white liberal activists are portrayed as the central shining heroes of the drama. ...
harsh point below was made in a different context about the emerging racial dynamics of the Dem race. But I still think it makes general sense when it comes to race and the Clinton surrogates:
We seem to be at the point where there are now two credible possibilities. One is that the Clinton campaign is intentionally pursuing a strategy of using surrogates to hit Obama with racially-charged language or with charges that while not directly tied to race nonetheless play to stereotypes about black men. The other possibility is that the Clinton campaign is extraordinarily unlucky and continually finds its surrogates stumbling on to racially-charged or denigrating language when discussing Obama.
I think it's mostly intentional. They're playing with fire. They know they're playing with fire. But they're good at playing with fire. They're trying to neutralize an Obama strength among African-Americans. ... BTW: Can you imagine the howls of protest from the Clinton side if Obama even hinted that electing a male would be better for women than electing a woman? ...