black like me

January 31, 2008

The self-proclaimed ‘first black president’, Bill Clinton is losing his grip on the black vote at a time when it might very well cost him another chance to get into the White House.

Once considered unshakeable, black voters in South Carolina voted overwhelmingly for Obama, leaving Hillary Clinton staggering, yet again. First it was in Iowa, and now in the Deep South, where Hillary’s former president husband was thought to be a favorite son. More important: while Obama gained 80 percent of the black vote, he gained 20 percent of the white vote at a time when many pollsters believed he would only earn 10 percent.

That shift can be attributed to the genuine credibility of Obama’s message of change and the sheer transparency of one of the most basic of Clinton political strategies — playing the race card.

“Blacks have mistaken Clinton’s ease with them as a sign of his good trustworthy character, when in fact Clinton’s racial politics are among the most destructive among recent presidents, precisely because they depend on an exploitative duplicity,” Dyson wrote in 2000. “When it benefits him, Clinton reaches out to blacks; when it hurts him, he withdraws the hand of racial charity.”

Dyson went further, saying Bill Clinton “is willing to turn every speck of black familiarity into a political advantage and hold black folks hostage to a corrupt racial politics that says, in effect: ‘I’m all you got, so take me or lose progress.’”


eager to write Hillary’s political obituary

January 31, 2008

The New York Post endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday, calling him an “untried candidate” but a preferable alternative to the newspaper’s home state senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton and her husband, the former president, “stand for deja vu all over again — a return to the opportunistic, scandal-scarred, morally muddled years of the almost infinitely self-indulgent Clinton co-presidency,” the paper wrote. “Does America really want to go through all that once again? It will — if Senator Clinton becomes president.”

“A return to Senator Clinton’s cattle-futures deal, Travelgate, Whitewater, Filegate, the Lincoln Bedroom Fire Sale, Pardongate — and the inevitable replay of the Monica Mess? No, thank you,” the paper wrote.

Hillary muzzles Bill

January 31, 2008

Reporters covering Bill Clinton have noticed a much more subdued tone coming from the former president in recent days.

Gone is the Bill Clinton on display in South Carolina who went on the attack against his wife’s chief Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Gone too are the lengthy freewheeling discussions with voters, the constant references to his White House record, and the flashes of temper directed at the news media.

The Clinton campaign appears to be trying to keep Bill Clinton tightly on message while he campaigns across the country for his wife in the lead up to the crucial Feb. 5 multi-state contests.

Yesterday he only spoke for 31 minutes barely mentioning himself and today he seemed to be doing his best to focus on his wife’s candidacy.

They’re also keeping him as far away from the press as possible. So far away, in fact, some reporters covering the former president are having trouble hearing what he’s saying to supporters as he shakes hands along the rope line.

That’s led some to speculate that Bill Clinton, who was acting as his wife’s chief attack dog — has been muzzled.

I personally would suggest a choke collar for that dog.

what goes around comes around for HillBilly

January 30, 2008

As the Clinton campaign battles the Obama campaign in the Democratic presidential primaries, more and more observers on the political left are criticizing the Clintons for being dishonest and deceitful — claims that once were lodged mostly by the political right.

Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, has accused his old boss of leading a “smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics.”

“Bill Clinton’s ill-tempered and ill-founded attacks on Barack Obama are doing no credit to the former president, his legacy, or his wife’s campaign. Nor are they helping the Democratic Party,” Reich wrote on his blog.

Liberal talk-radio host Ed Schultz blasted the former president on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews: “[Clinton] lied 10 years ago about Monica Lewinsky and he’s lying about a very viable candidate and somebody who could really bring change in this country [Sen. Barack Obama]. He is embarrassing poor Democrats.”

Schultz, whose radio program is broadcast from North Dakota, was rated the most influential liberal radio personality in the nation and the fifth most influential host overall by Talkers Magazine.

In a recent conference call with reporters, former Sen. Tom Daschle criticized “President Clinton’s inaccurate descriptions of the differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the war, about his inaccurate portrayal of Barack’s comments … he made about Republicans.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) griped that Clinton had “shaded things and tried to manipulate the facts in a way that is patently unfair.”

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned that Obama’s record was being “swift boated” -unfairly attacked. Kerry did not name the Clintons directly as the perpetrators of the “swift boating,” but the implication was clear.

“The fight is just heating up,” Kerry said. “We won’t let them steal this election with lies and distortions.”

Nicholas von Hoffman, a veteran liberal columnist, wrote in Nation magazine that Hillary Clinton is an “experienced political thug.” He also accused both Clintons of “playing demolition derby politics” and advised Barack Obama to take a word of advice from former president Lyndon Johnson: “[don’t get] into a pissing contest with a skunk.”

Von Hoffman also compared the Clintons’ treatment of Obama to the way they tried to discredit Paula Jones. “In the last couple of days, Barack Obama has found out what Paula Jones must have felt like after being worked over by the Clinton organization,” von Hoffman wrote. “Ms. Clinton goes slap, slap, slap across his face as husband Bill lets the Illinois Senator [sic] have it below the belt.”

SC gives Hillary the finger

January 27, 2008

Hillary can count her South Carolina counties (or rather, county) on one hand. In fact, she only needs one finger.

South Carolina primary results for Hillary

more votes for Hillary bought with your money

January 26, 2008

Hillary Clinton, who is aggressively competing for the black vote with her chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, touted the endorsement of Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, a prominent black leader and pastor of one of the oldest black churches in America, the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem.

Not surprisingly, Hillary secured more than $1 million in federal funding last year for the Harlem-based non-profit group. Clinton backed an $839,000 federal funding earmark to the development corporation’s programs for at-risk youth; $446,500 for the organization to expand youth after-school programs; and $146,000 for the group’s social service work.

Let me point out to the average Hillary supporter here that federal money doesn’t grow on federal trees planted in Washington DC. It comes out of taxpayer pockets. Think of Hillary and her votes next April 15.

slumming with the Clintons

January 26, 2008

hillary posing with Tony Rezko

Rightpundits couldn’t explain it any better…

Who knew that the Clintons hang out with shady real estate characters?

Rezko is the real estate developer named by Hillary Clinton as having close ties to Barack Obama. That spectacle of hypocrisy occurred during the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, video below. After Obama dropped the well-timed line that Hillary was on the Walmart board of directors while he was fighting for underdogs, Hillary fired back about Obama doing legal work for Tony Rezko the Chicago “slum lord.”

Why Obama did not follow Hillary’s example and lose his billing records is a mystery, but this time honesty was the best policy. Hillary just got her hand caught in a cookie jar full of campaign contributions.

Since the story broke of the Clinton’s ties to Rezko, Hillary has developed a case of amnesia:

“I don’t remember meeting Rezko,” she says sheepishly. “I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures. I don’t know the man. I wouldn’t know him if he walked in the door.”

Find Hillary’s explanation on the Today Show here where you can note the giant American flag in her small office space with assorted other props.

Sorry Hillary, a picture speaks a thousand words. While you may not remember him, nobody gets their picture taken with Bill and Hillary Clinton without doing them favors. So what did Tony Rezko do for the Clintons to deserve this photo?