Hillary, it's time to let it go. You did your best, but right now you're losing all of your remaining credibility by burning every bridge in sight. I mean, come on what's next, a Klan rally?
Between you, Bill, and your surrogates, y'all have done practically everything possible to run Black folks out of the Democratic Party. That's not a particularly smart thing to do when Blacks form the most reliable voting constituency in the party, and have proven to be the difference between winning and losing in almost every recent election. So to say stuff like this...
“ ‘I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,’ she told USA Today in an interview published yesterday. She referred to an Associated Press story on Indiana and North Carolina exit polls ‘that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.’ She added, ‘There's a pattern emerging here.’ ”
...well that's just ignorant. Are uneducated Whites the only hardworking people in this country? I don't think so. And do you really think it's only Blacks supporting Barack Obama? Newsflash - there aren't that many of us to elect a President by ourselves. Yeah, there's a pattern emerging alright, a pattern of Team Clinton sticking their feet further and further in their collective mouths.
I'm sure just about everybody has blogged about this by now so I won't belabor the point. What I will do is remind Team Clinton, and everyone else that at the start of this campaign season the Black vote was solidly in Hillary's corner. They lost it by going racial and negative after Sen. Obama's early primary victories in Iowa and South Carolina, and by steadily intensifying the rhetoric and denigration aimed at the Black community as the campaign progressed. This in addition to her seeming sense of entitlement that the nomination was just supposed to be hers and how dare anyone challenge that.
This has been the most spectacular fall from grace of two politicians in the eyes of their chief supporters that I've ever seen, and maybe the greatest ever witnessed in American politics. The Clinton's were held in the absolute highest esteem by most folks in the Black community before this campaign, but that's definitely no longer the case. It's mind boggling when you really think about. And think about it Clinton should if she plans on continuing her political career.
Sometime in the not too distant future a political science curriculum will use Hillary's 2008 campaign as an example of what not to do if you actually want to win an election. Lesson number one?
How not to piss off the most reliable and loyal voting bloc in the party who's nomination you're trying to win.