Where there’s a Hill there’s a Bill. Clearly, Bill and Hill have way too much time on their hands. Hillary Clinton was trying to singlehandedly fix the economic meltdown or recession that may be around the corner with a 70 billion dollar bailout bill. Bill Clinton was trying to calm and call as many black talk show hosts he could to “fix” his mouth meltdown.
The Clintons are upsetting black voters wholesale. They are walking the racial tightrope with the wrong colored tights. Bill declared, or at least deeply implied, that Obama’s campaign was a “fairy tale” and later denied that was what he meant. Why didn’t you just say what all white people say when caught with their pants down: “I was only joking?”
Bill Clinton called Al Sharpton to defend these remarks on transcript: "This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen…” Well, you said it Bill… “this whole thing.” Those are the three words that kill Bill. Logically, we can trace everything about Obama, according to Bill, as a fairy tale including candidate Obama. Bill Clinton had to get past the Sharpton racial clearinghouse. Some would see it as a kowtow to criticism. But Bill is too shrewd for that. Sharpton’s focus was race, no doubt. But Bill made a comment that was totally dismissive. Then he cleaned it up with, “He could win.” Yeah, we know he could win, that’s the point. Then there was the MLK comment Hill made that raised some eyebrows: From Political Punch here are the polemic remarks made by Sen. Hillary Clinton:
Dr King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done.
Hill said a mouthful mentioning King, Kennedy, and Johnson all in the same sentence. She was creating superlatives whether she knew it or not. We know politicians by definition make policy. Kennedy and Johnson both made legislation happen that eventually brought Jim Crow to an end. Was Kennedy squeamish about passing or pushing civil rights laws? Damn right he was reticent about it. Why? Because he was the first president to walk on civil rights water. So Clinton mentioned this wholesome trilogy of Kennedy, King, and Johnson, well known bulwarks for black people. All true. They came into history together to work together. Clinton didn’t say anything wrong. But I thought that by juxtaposing their work, in a quick and dirty comment, she erred. It was an unnecessary comparison. And as I wrote on my Yahoo! group: Hillary you have a job. We need you in the Senate, New York state needs you, now do us all a favor: stay there — just kidding.
Will she make black people mad at her? I hope so. Will Bill Clinton provoke anger from blacks now and Hispanics later? I predict that this will be the labyrinth they will walk into blindfolded.
Surprisingly, there were lots of racial overtones on the Internet today. Perusing the blogosphere meant just too many blogs to count with race in the headline. One black guy called blacks reacting to New Hampshire “Negroes." Who you calling Negro? Then a white blogger suggested that blacks will riot in the streets if Obama has a failed campaign.
Will there be blood if Barack is not the top or the bottom of the Democratic ticket? I don't think so. But I have already gone on record to say that I won’t be voting Democratic if he isn’t. If that spells nuclear fallout or ghetto burning, then bring it on. The blogger who suggested that blacks will riot in the street forgets to whom he speaks: the black middle class. This was the group that first jumped on the Barack bandwagon. This was where Obama enjoyed his greatest support early on. This support crossed all ages and both genders. If there is any logic to such a loss, then there will be “blacklash” and not forgiveness next time.
Finally, are the Clintons steamed because John Kerry endorsed Barack Obama this week? This was a smart move by Kerry, who was the man behind Obama giving the Democratic keynote speech in 2004. And who wouldn’t want his Rolodex available to their campaign? It must have hurt John Edwards’ feeling and we can't have that. We might need his delegates later. Gary Hart and Arizona's governor also endorsed Obama.
I raised the question of key endorsements in a diary on Daily Kos, well before the Iowa Caucus asking Al Gore and Ted Kennedy to endorse Obama — silence from both. Responders said, "it was too early for endorsements." Wrong; later that day Robert Kennedy, Jr. endorsed Hillary Clinton to the dismay of the Netroots. But to raise the spectre of a Gore/Kennedy endorsement meant that once again, Heloise was ahead of the curve. John Kerry heard the call and answered… good for him, good for Barack.