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Clinton Taps Into Left’s Racism

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Bill and Hillary Cinton are playing the race card in the Democratic primary race, and the left is all in a twitter. Sometimes life is just so good. But why are the Dems so exorcised about Bill injecting race into the campaign? Isn’t the left the home of egalitarianism, protective of diversity at all costs? What has them so worried?

Mickey Kaus referred to Bill Clinton’s statements in South Carolina (comparing Obama’s win to Jesse Jackson’s earlier win in the same primary for instance), the “attempted ghettoization” of Obama’s campaign. Mother Jones complains that Bill “injects race into the conversation.” Over at the Huffington Post, they (tongue firmly in cheek) “can’t understand why anyone would think the Clintons are running a race-baiting campaign to paint Obama as ‘the black candidate.'” Teddy Kennedy decries the “old politics of race against race.”And Al Sharpton simply tells Bill to “Shut up.”

There is no doubt that Bill was injecting race into the campaign. South Carolina was already lost. So why make such a blatant appeal to race? And more interestingly, why are so many Dems upset about it? They think it will work to drive white voters to Hillary in the later primaries. But why?

For years the Dems have attacked Republicans as racists. Sure the Republican party was formed to fight slavery. Sure a higher percentage of Republican congressmen voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than Democrats. Yes, J. William Fulbright, Al Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd, voted against the Act. And yes, the most famous segregationists, like George Wallace, Orville Faubus, Bull Connor were all Democrats. But the Republican Party is the party 0f racists we are told.

The fable goes that, once the Civil Rights Acts were passed, all those racist Democrats left the Democratic Party, and went to the Republicans. Why, when an even larger percentage of Republicans voted for those acts is never explained. It is just an element of their faith. But think for a second, how many of those listed above left the Democratic Party? When did Bull Connor register as a Republican? Ever seen a list of the racist Democrats who left that party and became Republicans?

The truth is, the racists never left the Democratic Party. And the leaders of that party have known it all along. The left still decries Richard Nixon’s advisers using a Southern strategy when he was running for president, designed to attract white voters in the South. The architect of that strategy was quoted as saying:

“The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

That is exactly what Clinton is accused (accurately) of doing in South Carolina. The Clintons were going to lose South Carolina anyway. By race baiting black voters, Bill ensured an even more massive loss, that they hoped would scare the white bigots that still populate their party. And don’t think the only racists in the Democratic Party are Southern whites. Let’s face it, a party whose elite claims that affirmative action must be kept around forever, does not see blacks as even potentially equal to whites.

Clinton enaged in race baiting because he knows it will work in the Democratic party. All those Dems lining up to rail against him for it, know the same thing. They just object to the tactic being used against one of their own.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

January 30, 2008 at 1:00 am

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