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June 9, 2008


Toni Morrison’s Letter to Barack Obama
by Tom McGeveran | January 28, 2008 |

Legendary novelist and editor Toni Morrison’s endorsement of Barack Obama is obviously not significant for her ability to move voters at the polls, which is not proven and probably not likely to be proven. But given her perceived attachment to the Clintons—Bill, she famously once called America’s first black president; and Hillary she has been close to in the past—we thought it worth printing in full the letter of endorsement she sent to the Illinois senator, as released by the Obama campaign:

Dear Senator Obama,

This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.

May I describe to you my thoughts?

I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”

In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.

When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?

Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.

There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.

Good luck to you and to us.

Toni Morrison


publius says:
wow. this is hugely surprising and quite disappointing for us in the clinton fold…

January 28, 2008 12:10 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
Superb reasoning and carefully modulated passion. Perhaps now the “simplisticos” in the media and Clinton camps will cease using and twisting the original intent of her earlier metaphor about Bill Clinton, “the first black president”.


January 28, 2008 12:30 PM
replyflaggedreport as spamJeremy (not verified) says:
Bravo, Toni. I’ve enjoyed your books and think your letter is remarkably well written.

Only once a generation, or less, do we get an incredible combination of charisma, courage, and substance like Barack Obama brings.

While I respect Senator Clinton’s accomplishments, I believe it’s time to move forward with a bold vision and heads held high, and Barack Obama leading us.

January 28, 2008 12:42 PM
replyflaggedreport as spamSublime Dialectic (not verified) says:
Toni Morrison’s profundity only matches the high esteen of her letter’s subject!!

God Bless America!!

January 28, 2008 12:51 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamJyoti Prakash (not verified) says:
What a letter! Even if this does not convert a single vote for Barack; the words will educate, uplift and make people think. Bravo Ms. Morrison.
Jyoti Prakash

January 28, 2008 1:10 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
I totally agree with Toni, by the way an excellent writer with a lot of wisdom and vision. I belive it is time we looked at who would bring America as one and not Divide us by being an imperialist.

I am a naturalized immigrant and I know that Obama has the philosophy that the american people need, and experience counts but he has enough experience to lead us.

Go Obama!! I don’t know if you all believe in re-incarnation but in Africa where I am originally from, Obama is DR King re-incarnated. His mannerisms , the way he talks, the way he sounds, tells me that Dr. King is gone but he is back. Ask any African about RE-INCARNATION and they will tell you that Obama is DR. KING live.


January 28, 2008 1:10 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamLinda Blount Berry (not verified) says:
Ms. Morrison of clear thought and sound reason. For those of us at a certain age, Sen. Obama feels like the right person at the right time. It’s more than a feel good campaign, it is about restoring faith and hope to the souls of American people. It is also about injecting some integrity into the conversation. Long over due.

January 28, 2008 1:13 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamTonya (not verified) says:
Brilliant! The inimitable author Toni Morrison is supporting Barack Obama. Genius recognizes genius. This is a stellar moment in American history. I wonder if the Clintons will now go after the Stephen King endorsement?

January 28, 2008 1:27 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
Wow, what a moving endorsement.

” we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it.”

I found this to be most profound and captures the difference between the two campaigns in a very poignant way. I have been leaning towards HRC, but the various events of the last week have really shown me that electing her is like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.

January 28, 2008 2:03 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamLeticia P. Carlos (not verified) says:
I disagree with your decision but respect it. Since you know Hillary I do not need to go there.

I will vote for Obama if he wins the democratic nomination. The priority is to get a democratic president to the White House.

Go Hillary !!!!!

Thank you, Ms. Morrison.

January 28, 2008 2:04 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamS (not verified) says:
Apparently you don~t remember the poem as well as you think. The poet who read at Bill Clinton~s innauguration was Maya Angelou.

Toni Morrison~s letter to Barack Obama is a gift to us all, as is his candidacy. It it worthwhile for each of us to ponder the question she asks herself: When was the last time this country was led by a leader “whose moral center was un-embargoed?”

January 28, 2008 2:13 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamProbama (not verified) says:
Thank you, Ms. Morrison. Your letter fills me with the same excitement and hope that Mr. Obama fills me with.

If this man wins the 2008 presidential election, I will go from being someone who is thoroughly disgusted by and ashamed of their leader to someone who is very, very proud of their leader. I’ve never yet experienced such pride in an American leader. I wasn’t yet alive when JFK, RFK, and MLK were around. It’s an amazing prospect for me to be able to be proud of a leader…someone like BHO!!! My children deserve this. Our children deserve this.

January 28, 2008 3:29 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamD.C (not verified) says:
If there is one thing I felt while I read and contemplate the words of Ms Morrison, it was honesty. The candor with which she writes was frigteningly palpable. Her level of expression moved me with such a force that made me a beleiver in the power of words again.

Ms. Morrison, stated quite elegantly what all of us as Obama fans share; inspiration, change and the perception that it is no longer about race but about one people coming together to enact change.

January 28, 2008 4:02 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamP.P (not verified) says:
Ms.Morrison, thanks for writing this letter.
First, I was supporting Senator Hillary Clinton because I wanted to see a woman as a President then I heard Senator Obama and thought I need to vote for the right person to run our country and decided to support Obama. Your letter is also very inspiring.

Woman voter ( independent)

January 28, 2008 5:01 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
That was poet Maya Angelou that made you barf, not Toni Morrison.

January 28, 2008 5:39 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
The poet was Maya Angelou, not Toni Morrison.

January 28, 2008 5:50 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
Ms. Morrison,

Your words are deeply moving and inspiring. They definitely lend themselves as rich food for thought. I was planning to vote for Obama because I feel he is a man of integrity and will not base his leading of America on racial issues. I view him as a “man for all the people(s) of America”.

God bless you and Obama and America!!

January 28, 2008 5:54 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
Brava, brava. Ms. Morrison has captured the very essence of why so many like and support Barack Obama. I like the idea of the “United” States of America and I feel he is the leader that has the ability to bring the american people together.

Go Obama!

January 28, 2008 6:52 PM
replyflag thisreport as spamDan in St. Louis (not verified) says:
Someone mentioned the prospect of the Clintons going after the Stephen King endorsement…

Too late, he’s an Obama guy too:…

As to Ms. Morrison’s sentiments about Barack, I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t even try.

Go Obama!!!

January 28, 2008 8:27 PM
renatam (not verified) says:
Whatever Senator Kennedy’s flaws, and we ALL have them — including the incumbent President and his wife — he and Caroline take the legacies of his brothers VERY SERIOUSLY. The Kennedy family’s flaws did not negate their SERVING the Nation and giving their lives in SERVING it. Two brothers served during WWII and the eldest DIED doing so. The second, our 35th President, was never the same physically afterward and was an actual war hero. Ted Kennedy has never trivially leveraged or invoked the names of his brothers in the last 40 years. Ditto, Caroline, her father. This is an important moment FOR THEM and FOR US. They are “passing the torch to a new generation.” It is a beautiful thing to see and it is up to boomers, who have not left a political legacy to be proud of, to use the time we have left as Senator Kennedy is doing — to help Xers/Yers/Millennials prepare to assume their role in a very different world than the Clintons’ left us — and most certainly the Bushes left us. It is time and we should not mock the Senator for taking a LEADERSHIP role in helping with this transition. The Republicans should do the same on their side in all kinds of ways. The Clintons should leave the stage, with GRACE. They had their chance and the way they left The White House and now, has left a bad taste. 40 years from now, Billary will be remembered for…Bob Johnson’s SPECTACLE and the SC circus. Of course they and their surrogates will MOCK this moment, as they do everything. For shame for a retired President. Turn the page.

January 28, 2008 9:10 PM
Loretta (not verified) says:
Bravo, Toni ! Well stated !

January 28, 2008 11:27 PM

The noble Quran says:

[2:269] He gives wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever is given wisdom is certainly given a lot of good. Only the people of understanding observe the advice.

So folks, vote for Obama and you will be from the people of understanding!

January 29, 2008 12:52 AM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
that was not Toni Morrison reading a poem at the Clinton Inaugural, it was Maya Angelou.

January 29, 2008 1:05 AM
replyflag thisreport as spamHelmut Hafner (not verified) says:
Not being able to express my feelings about Obama very well, now I can go to my friends and present them with this letter. Thank you very much Toni Morrison.

January 29, 2008 2:00 AM
replyflag thisreport as spamAnonymous (not verified) says:
hey dan in st louis,

i think the stephen king endorsement remark was because another clinton presidency would end up being a horror story!


June 9, 2008


Saturday, June 7, 2008
The ‘Obama Before Obama’

I’d heard of John Mercer Langston, but I had no idea that he was this similar to Obama. Go read the whole thing (it’s great), but here’s the eerie part-

Slim and debonair, and of mixed-raced parentage, Langston was highly educated, an expert in constitutional law, a community organizer (he went around Ohio setting up schools) and a soaring orator who sought to unify a divided country after the Civil War. Cheek finds ironic symmetry in the fact that the first black elected official in the land bears remarkable similarities to the man who could be the first black president.

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John Mercer Langston
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John Mercer Langston


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia’s 4th district
In office
September 23, 1890 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Edward Carrington Venable
Succeeded by James F. Epes


Born December 14, 1829(1829-12-14)
Louisa County, Virginia
Died November 15, 1897 (aged 67)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an American abolitionist and U.S. Congressman from Virginia. He was one of the first black people in the United States elected to public office when in 1855 he was elected as a town clerk in Ohio.

Langston was born in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of Ralph Quarles, a white plantation owner, and Lucy Langston, emancipated by her husband, of mixed African and Native American background. After his parents died when Langston was five, he and his brothers, one of whom was named Charles Henry Langston, moved to Oberlin, Ohio, to live with family friends. He enrolled in Oberlin College at the age of fourteen and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the institution. Denied admission into law school, most likely because of his race, Langston then studied law under attorney and Republican congressman Philemon Bliss and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1854.

He became actively involved in the Abolitionism movement, organizing antislavery societies locally and at the state level. He helped runaway slaves to escape to the North along the Ohio part of the Underground Railroad. He was a founding member and president of the National Equal Rights League, which fought for black voting rights.

During the Civil War, Langston recruited African Americans to fight for the Union Army, enlisting hundreds of men for duty in the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth regiments and for Ohio’s 1st black regiment. After the war, he was appointed inspector general for the Freedmen’s Bureau, a Federal organization that assisted freed slaves.

Langston moved to Washington, D.C., in 1868 to establish and serve as dean of Howard University’s law school;the first black law school in the country. He was appointed acting president of the school in 1872, and he was the vice president of the school as well. He was rejected as president of Howard Law School by a committee who refused to disclose the reason, but it was probably because of his race and integration ideas. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant a member of the board of health of the District of Columbia, and was elected its secretary in 1875. In 1877 Langston left to become U.S. Minister to Haiti; he also served as chargé d’affaires to the Dominican Republic starting in 1884. He returned to Virginia in 1885 and was named the first president of Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University).

In 1888, urged by fellow Republicans, black and white, he ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. He lost to his Democratic opponent, but contested the results of the election. After an 18-month fight, he was declared the winner and given the seat in Congress. He served for the remaining six months of the term, and then lost his bid for reelection. Langston was the first black person elected to Congress from Virginia, and he was the only one for another century.

Oklahoma’s Langston University is named in his honor, as is the John Mercer Langston Bar Association in Columbus, Ohio, Langston Middle School in Oberlin, Ohio, the former John Mercer Langston High School in Danville, Virginia, and John M. Langston High School Continuation Program in Arlington, Virginia. He was a member of the board of trustees of Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia , founded in 1888 as the St Paul Normal and Industrial School, and incorporated by the General Assembly on March 4, 1890.

Langston was the great-uncle of poet Langston Hughes.
Full Account
John Mercer Langston, a graduate of Oberlin College and Oberlin resident for 15 years, was a black leader of conviction and influence, a visionary reformer, and an accomplished statesman and lawyer.

Langston was born free in 1829 in Louisa County Virginia, the youngest of four children. His father, Ralph Quarles, was a wealthy white planter and slaveholder. Langston’s mother, Lucy Langston, was an emancipated slave of Indian and Black ancestry. Both parents died in 1834 after brief, unrelated illnesses. Langston was left a sizable inheritance which ensured his financial independence.

William Gooch, a friend of Quarles who lived in Chillicothe, Ohio, cared for Langston and his brothers Charles and Gideon. In 1838, Gooch moved his family to Missouri, a slave state. A court ruled that Langston’s inheritance would be threatened if he accompanied them. Langston moved to Cincinnati, where he became enamored with the tight-knit community of freedmen which persisted in the face of relentless bigotry.

At the age of 14, Langston enrolled in the Preparatory Department at Oberlin College. While a student at Oberlin he excelled in debate. He graduated from the Collegiate Department in 1849, the fifth black man to do so. Inspired by his experiences in Cincinnati, he involved himself in the black rights movement. In 1848, at the invitation of Frederick Douglass, Langston delivered an impromptu speech to the National Black Convention in Cleveland, condemning those who refused to help fugitive slaves.

Langston enrolled in the graduate program in Theology at Oberlin in preparation for later legal study. He obtained a Master’s degree, but was denied entry to law school. Embittered but undeterred, he read law under Philemon Bliss of Elyria. Langston became the first black lawyer in Ohio, passing the Bar in 1854

Langston’s interest and commitment to black freedom continued to flourish. With the aid of his brothers Gideon and Charles, Langston organized antislavery societies at both the state and local level. He also helped runaway slaves to escape along the Ohio section of the Underground Railroad. Langston’s public addresses about social reform were broad and included appeals for women’s rights and temperance.

Langston married Caroline Wall, a senior in the literary department at Oberlin, settled in Brownhelm, OH and established a law practice. He quickly involved himself in town matters and won election to the post of Town Clerk, perhaps the first African American elected to public office in the United States.

Langston moved to Oberlin in 1856 where he again involved himself in town government. From 1865 – 1867 he served as a city councilman and from 1867-1868 he served on the Board of Education. His law practice established and respected, Langston handled legal matters for the town. Langston vigilantly supported Republican candidates for local and national office. He is credited with helping to steer the Ohio Republican party towards radicalism and a strong antislavery position.

Langston grew increasingly frustrated with resistance to his ideas. In 1852 he advocated black resettlement. Two years later he reversed his position. Further radicalized, he advocated armed resistance. He conspired with John Brown to raid Harpers Ferry, but declined to participate.

With the coming of the Civil War, Langston organized black volunteers for the Union cause. As chief recruiter in the West, he assembled the Massachusetts 54th, the nation’s first black regiment, and the Massachusetts 55th and the 5th Ohio. Later in the war, Langston sought military commission, that he might lead a group of black soldiers in battle. His request found support in upper ranks of the Army, but the war ended before the order could be executed

Selected by the Black National Convention to lead the National Equal Rights League in 1864, Langston carried out extensive suffrage campaigns in Ohio, Kansas and Missouri. Langston’s vision was realized in 1867, with Congressional approval of suffrage for black males.

Langston saw that the rights of newly freed slaves were protected as Educational Inspector for the Freedman’s Bureau, He traveled throughout the South advocating educational opportunity, political equality and economic justice coupled with individual responsibility. His addresses were well received by blacks and whites alike and propelled him to national prominence.

In 1868, Langston organized the Law department at Howard University in Washington, and, in the tradition of Oberlin, made its hallmark race and gender diversity. Later he served as Acting President. His 1875 bid to attain the presidency of the school failed, as the trustees dismissed his candidacy on racial grounds.

For the eight years that followed, Langston served as consul-general in Haiti. He returned to the States after a contract dispute and assumed the presidency of Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute in 1885.

Langston again bolstered his national reputation in 1888, running as an independent for a seat in the US House of Representatives. His victory was contested for 18 months and he served for 6 months before being unseated in the next election. Langston was the first African American elected to Congress from Virginia.

Langston retired in 1894, after which he wrote From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capital, his autobiography. He died in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 1897. The town of Langston, Okla., home of Langston University, is named after him.

[edit] See also
List of African American firsts
PS 185 John M.Langston, a school named after him

[edit] References
Langston, John Mercer. From the Virginia plantation to the National Capitol : or, The first and only Negro representative in Congress from the Old Dominion. New York: Kraus Reprint, 1969.

[edit] External links
Congressional Biography
This article incorporates text from the public domain Appleton’s Cyclopedia of American Biography.
Oberlin College biography
Oberlin College speech collection
Langston High School Continuation Program in Arlington, Virginia
Biography of John Mercer Langston including youthful photograph at
Washington Post: The ‘Obama Before Obama,’ By Kevin Merida, June 7, 2008
Preceded by
Edward Carrington Venable Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia’s 4th congressional district
September 23, 1890 – March 3, 1891 Succeeded by
James F. Epes

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June 7, 2008


Rupert Murdoch heaps praise on Barack Obama Friday May 30 2008

Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch has used his newly acquired
technology conference D6 to throw his weight behind “rock star” Barack Obama’s presidential campaign…

Murdoch made critical comments about the number of journalists involved in editing at the Wall Street Journal, which became part of the News Corp empire when he bought parent company Dow Jones in December, saying that every story seemed to be edited by “8.3 people”.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal D6 conference in Carlsbad, California, Murdoch was asked by veteran tech correspondent Walt Mossberg if he had played a part in the New York Post’s endorsement of Obama.

“Yeah,” he replied, candidly. The select audience of entrepreneurs and digital business executives at the conference earlier this week cheered, as can be seen in the accompanying video.

“We’re on the verge of a complete phenomenon,” Murdoch said. “Politicians are at an all-time low and are despised by 80% of the public, and then you’ve got a candidate trying to put himself out above it all. He’s become a rock star. It’s fantastic.

“There are a lot of problems. The education system in this country is a total disgrace.”

Murdoch heaped praise on Obama, saying he was a “highly intelligent man with a great record at Harvard”, but stopped short of a full personal endorsement because he wanted “to meet him personally”.

“The Obama phenomenon and undoubtedly the recession and everyone getting hurt… the average American family today is really financially hurting and that all bodes well for him,” he said.

“He may not carry Florida because the Jewish people are suspicious of him, and so are Hispanics. But he’ll probably add Ohio and others. He will probably win.”

Despite saying he was a friend of John McCain, Murdoch said the Republican presidential nominee had “a lot of problems”.

“McCain has been in congress a long time and you’ve got to make too many compromise,” he said.

“What does he really stand for? He’s a patriot – he’s a friend of mine and a really decent guy – but he’s unpredictable.

“[He] doesn’t know much about the economy and – I say this sympathetically – I think he has a lot of problems.”

Murdoch said Hillary Clinton was in the race because her husband was pushing her to continue, but Obama would not want to make her number two in a new administration, because he would want to break with the past.


June 7, 2008


June 7th, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Disgraceful Campaign: Racism and Hypocrisy

By Geoffrey Dunn

April 23rd, 2008

Bill Clinton as president being comforted by Reverend Wright

[Elections 2008: Op-Ed Commentary On Hypocrisy)

In the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary — a race in which Senator Hillary Clinton had a 20-point lead only a few months ago — the racism and hypocrisy of the Clinton campaign was laid bare for all a nation to scorn.

Desperate and willing to do anything to win, the Clintons resorted to a naked form of racism aimed directly at white working-class voters in the rural portions of the state. Their message: Barack Obama cannot win because he’s black.

In the early stages of the campaign, it was Clinton’s cadre who kept playing the race card. In New Hampshire, Clinton’s co-chair, Billy Shaheen, accused Obama of being a drug dealer; then there was the photograph of Sen. Barack Obama in Somalian garb leaked to the press by Clinton’s staff.

In the aftermath of the South Carolina primary, former President Bill Clinton compared Obama’s victory to those of Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988. His message was clear: Obama was a marginal, black candidate.

Then came the disgraceful remarks of Geraldine Ferraro, who could not, and would not, shut her mouth. “If Obama was a white man,” she charged, “he would not be in this position.” And she was adamant and unapologetic amid the resulting outcry. “Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she proclaimed. “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white.”

Say what?

The Clintons refused to publicly call for Ferraro’s resignation. Ferraro remained unrepentant when she finally did resign. “The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you,” she bitterly wrote Hillary. And she never apologized for her remarks.

To anyone who has followed the Clinton campaign closely, it is all too apparent that her top political strategists — reeling from losses from coast to coast and badly miscalculating the grassroots power of the Obama movement — made a tactical decision to go negative, as that would be the only way for Clinton to stop Obama and somehow allow her to steal the nomination.

And go negative they did — with a subtle yet consistent racism underscoring every turn. The now notorious red-phone-at-3:00-a.m. television ad used by Clinton during the Texas primary, as Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson noted in the New York Times, was reminiscent of D. W. Griffith’s racist film Birth of a Nation, which helped revive the Ku Klux Klan.

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Ed Rendell, who headed up Clinton’s campaign, was publicly saying that white voters in the Keystone State would not vote for Obama because he was black. Rendell’s remarks were racist from the get-go, but no one in the white media called him on it. Indeed, the media began playing the game.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — who worked as Bill Clinton’s press secretary and lied through his teeth on Clinton’s behalf (where’s the journalistic “objectivity” here?) — brought up Obama’s relationship to former ‘60s radical Bill Ayers. And the rest of the media went bonkers over Obama’s all-too-honest remarks about conservative white voters hanging on to God and guns.

Amidst so much fury signifying nothing, Hillary Clinton finally did her own bidding. Racism is as racism does. She boldly linked Obama with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Wright with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. That linkage was patently racist at its core — yet, once again, no one in the mainstream media so much as blinked. In so doing, Clinton was echoing the views of rightwing conservative and white supremacist Sean Hannity. Talk about shameful.

And when asked about Reverend Wright by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Clinton declared, “Given all that we have heard and seen, he would not have been my pastor. While we don’t have a choice when it comes to our relatives, we do have a choice when it comes to our pastors or our church.”

As anyone who has read the two major recent biographies of Hillary Clinton (Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.; and A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein) knows all too well, she will do whatever she has to do and say whatever she has to say in the unbridled (and unscrupulous) pursuit of power. The ash heap of her duplicity sprawls across decades and across various regions of this country — from Arkansas to the White House, from Illinois to, well, now, Pennsylvania.

Clinton is an inveterate liar — I am sorry, there is truly no other word for it — and as her ill-fated presidential campaign tumbles toward its inevitable demise, the personal deception that is at the core of her personality, and of her career, continues to reveal itself.

As we all know, truth may be slow of foot, but it is always inevitable. Only this past weekend, as Clinton continued to reference Reverend Wright in her stump speeches, the filmmaker Michael Moore reminded us that in 1998, Reverend Wright had actually been a guest at the Clinton White House, for a “prayer breakfast,” after Bill Clinton’s rather tawdry affair with intern Monica Lewinsky had been made public.

“Thank you so much for your kind message,” Clinton wrote Wright after his visit. “I am touched by your prayers and by the many expressions of encouragement and support I have received from friends across our country. You have my best wishes.”

And guess what? According to the just released schedules of Hillary Clinton by the National Archives, she was in attendance at that breakfast, too. With the one-and-only Jeremiah Wright. While her husband was seeking salvation and forgiveness.

The hypocrisy is staggering.

But not surprising. “We know there are still many Americans who will never vote for a black man,” Moore observed. “Hillary knows it, too. She’s counting on it.”

Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Geoffrey Dunn, Ph. D., is the former recipient of a both a John L. Senior Fellowship to the Cornell University Graduate School of Government and a National Newspaper Association Award for Investigative Journalism. His most recent film is Calypso Dreams.

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Date: April 28th, 2008
Name: David Beauchemin
Subject: I’m Amazed!
Comment: I’m amazed at how many People know what Obama hasheard and agreed with for the last 20 years while atchurch. I am amazed at how threatened this country has become over a comment expressed after a detailed revisiting of some of our nation’s most important history. Though delivered with passion, frustration, even anger it was inclusive of all cultures who have experienced hardships by the hand of institutions larger than themselves. I think much of our culture is asleep; I know asleep. That being said I think many more are waking up quickly during this most important time in history. I wish we could all close our eyes and put ourselves in the shoes of all the people and cultures we claim we don’t like and listen to there stories. I’m glad Jeremiah say’s what he say’s’ I think we need to hear it. We need to see him as a man who cares deeply not only for America and its people but people all around the world. I would love to meet someone who hasn’t during times of utter frustration and anger not said strongand seemingly condemning words about and to people and institutions they trulycare for.If we could learn to allow expressions offrustration to be heard the same way we allowexpressions of praise It’s my belief that the need forfrustration would become diminished,and people’sbehavior toward one another would be like something wehave never experienced before.

Date: April 27th, 2008
Name: Merido
Subject: Some of you need to think for yourselves.
Comment: Everyone who thinks that Obama is inexperienced, wasn’t Bush? After 8 years is he not still inexperienced? Inexperience did not stop the people for voting for him for a second term. Those of you who attack Obama for the remarks of Rev. Wright, which were taken out of context, did you take the time to listen to the full speech or allow the media to tell you what to think? I am going to show you how obsurd it is to hold Obama accountable for the words of another.

Date: April 27th, 2008
Name: Kathy Osborne
Subject: Texas For Obama
Comment: This is in regards to the April 23rd column by Geoffrey Dunn, concerning Senator Clinton and her campaign tactics.
May I give you an idea how some of us feel way down in Texas? First of all, I am a white, 65 year old female. This says that I should be in Senator Clinton’s column, but I am not. I, along with the rest of my family, am supporting Senator Obama. We value decency, vision, inspiration, intelligence, honesty, and integrity (especially integrity). To us, the nominee should be the one who is building people up, building the country up, and inviting all Americans to be a part. It should not be the one who is engaging in pathetic, tough-talking, game-playing, spinning, divide and conquer, do-anything-to-win politics. I can tell you, there are a lot of people around here who feel the same way. We (my family) ARE the average Americans, some blue collar, some white collar, male and female, military, businessmen and teachers, who are part of that great coalition that supposedly the Obama campaign hasn’t put together. We are proof that he has. And by the way, I will take a chance on his inexperience. I imagine he is a real quick learner… and look at the brilliant campaign he has run versus the train wreck that is Senator Clinton’s. I do not know how much of the racial card has been played by the Clinton campaign. I can only tell you that WE are voting Obama. Kathy Osborne Hurst, Texas

Date: April 27th, 2008
Name: Dean Setner
Subject: Clinton’s Hypocrisy
Comment: I really enjoyed your article reagarding Hillary’s hypocrisy.

I am thoroughly disgusted with Hillary and her sleezy husband, Their lies and sleezy tactics show will stop at nothing to get into the Whitehouse. She constantly says, ‘Obama is not electable’ therefore, she should get the nomination. BULL! Whats the point of debating and campainging across the country, having the PEOPLE vote THEIR choice and then at the end saying, “I dont agree with those results!” If Obama wins by 1 delegate, he is the winner, If she is successful in STEALING this election ALL the blacks should vote Republican! I am serious. I believe that would make her UNELECTABLE!! By the way, I am white.

Dean Setner
North Carolina

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: May
Subject: Hillary and the race card
Comment: Hillary knows she can’t win on the issues, otherwise she would have been ahead in delegate count. Her only ticket to the nomination is to play the race card. Since the race card is not working very well, she resorted to the fear card. Now she is playing both. If she did not have the name Clinton, she would have exited this race long time ago. This is pure arrogance.

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: reptilexcq
Subject: So true!
Comment: This is so truth about Hillary…she’s been playing race card ever seen she lost Iowa and her true personality show as the race continue. She’s a person that will say and do anything to gain power. YES, even deceive the public such as what she said about the Bosnia thing. It’s too bad that the American people are just so stupid not seeing her weakness. She’s no Bill Clinton…and the only reason she get any creditability is through her husband. But she’s not presidential material…

Date: April 26th, 2008
Subject: deception
Comment: From all I read and hear, you Clinton and MCcain backers better get real busy because Barack is a man of integrity with very few skeletons in the closet….YES WE CAN!

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Reynita Scott
Subject: Denouncing Racism
Comment: I am a white Republican from Oklahoma who is sick and tired of the racism in America – even if the media denies that it exists! Thanks.

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Infiniti
Subject: let it be told

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Staci
Subject: Just my thoughts
Comment: I’m a black female Vietnam Vet. I love my country but I’m not arrogant enough to be proud of the hate and poor way we treat our own. We preach love for fellow man freedom and democracy and even send our children to die for the rights of peoples in other lands. Yet, we practice a different set of rules which change according to what benefits us. Yes, I’m backing Obama. Not because he’s black. (His mom was a white woman and his sister is Asian)

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Collins
Subject: Clinton the Opportunist
Comment: I am a Black African native. Personally I wouldn’t call Bill Clinton a racist but i believe he knows that racism exists in the minds of many white Americans and he is happy about it because it gives his wife an advantage she needs to defeat Obama so he just took advantage of this opportunity in an act of desperation to achieve this aim. He is an opportunist; Obama was proving too strong so he had to play the race card in order to remind white Americans that afterall this man is Black.

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: willa
Subject: This is what a good president Bill Clinton was???
Comment: Bill Clinton gave checks to people because they were drug addicts. Now that was real wise. That way you can kill yourself quickly. Some thought this was a good thing; I can remember some addicts could not get to the social securty office fast enough. But I also rememeber a friend of mine that was so disabled he has since died that could not walk nor could he lift anything because his hands were so drawn from working in the cold all his life. He had to get a lawyer and fight for the money he had….

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: dominic
Subject: Racism in America
Comment: Racism is a reality in this country. I just don’t understand how Americans can go on and say there is no racism in America. I guess the leaders in this country just don’t want to agree to it; first of all look at the military how the new army chief has been choosen and the mass media are giving the news too. It is pretty sad, the two Bigots the Clintons are truely liars.

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Jude
Subject: Hypocrisy/Racism vs. cluelessness
Comment: I am a white woman and I am tired of this stuff! I will not vote for Hillary just because she is a woman and it is insulting to me that anyone would assume that all women are that stupid! I used to be somewhat of a supporter for her, but no more. More and more that comes out of her mouth is either a lie or the very type of attitude that got us into trouble with ole Georgie Jr. The attitude of, I am right and my will be done, no matter what! I won’t vote for McCain because he is clueless!

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: jack
Subject: False symbols
Comment: Lets start with all of the people talking about wearing Flag pins. Does wearing this make you more American? More Patriotic? Hell no! Wearing this pin was started by the Neocons, who were draft dodgers trying to stay out of the military, but are the first ones to rush to war. Wearing the pin is like wearing a tie, both are useless accessories that don’t measure the man. Wake up America, your being played. And the puppet master is Hillary, ever notice that her first name is an anagram?

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Douglas
Subject: It’s not Just Hypocrisy and Racism…
Comment: Hillary Clinton is also an unethical, manipulative liar with no shame. The Clintons have no integrity and do not deserve to occupy the White House. They’ve already tainted and dishonored the office of the Presidency–an office which Americans used to hold in high esteem–with their scandals and corruption during their tenure at the White House. Let’s see what the outcome is later this year of the fraud trial in Los Angeles surrounding their illegal campaign fundraising activities.

Date: April 26th, 2008
Name: Daphne
Subject: Racism & Hipocracy
Comment: Why is anyone surprised that Blacks are voting for a Black man? He is the first and only Black man that has ever had an honest shot at becoming President! Why does our support for him surprise anyone? Haven’t Whites voted for White men since the beginning of America? So why is it an issue of voting for color now? Blacks have voted for Whites since we have been allowed to vote!!! And you have the nerve to be insulted because we choose to vote for a Black man instead of a White woman?

Date: April 25th, 2008
Subject: The Evil That Is, H!L@r$ Clinton.
Comment: Hilary Clinton is deceitful. And her lies have gone by unacknowledged. Just watch the video when her lies about Bosnia were exposed, when confronted she blames the reason for her lies because she was tired. Then, she tells reporters to get over it and lighten up. The ease with which she lies is disturbing. I consider myself to be a Republican, but I know our government is broken and more and more I see that Obama is genuine. Look up the Clinton’s White Water scandal, since the media has not….

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Jay Martin
Subject: If Clinton Steals Nomination, I Won’t Vote
Comment: I am a white, Jewish citizen who has voted democratic my whole life. I was most impressed with Dr. Dunn’s assessment of the hypocritical attitudes of the Clintons during this campaign. I feel very strongly about the damage she is trying to do to Senator Obama. He is someone whom I can honestly say I feel good about. If somehow she does manage to wrest the nomination from him, I will sit out the upcoming election. I cannot in good conscience support such a candidate.
Keep up the good work!

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: suzanne
Subject: Obama can Win
Comment: Regardless of who wants to vote for a black man or not, a blind dog could be a better job than this current administration. At first I liked both candidates, but Hillary lost my vote with her lies and racist undertones. Is all anyone can say about Obama is He is Black So what get over it. To all the racist people, please vote for your kind Racist Hillary or Bush look alike McCain, But as for people with common since, we will vote for Obama.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: NinaK
Subject: Racism and Bigotry Much Alive in the USA
Comment: Indeed, the Clintons have been playing the race card throughout their campaign. Their supporters insist Bill Clinton is not a racist. For your infomration, Bill grew up in Hope, Arkansas; one of the biggest segregated states in the nation. In the 1960s, racism, segregation, and bigotry was at its peak in that state. In the 1960s, people in Arkansas were still talking about lynching Blacks if they showed up in their towns; Hope was one of those many towns. Of course, Bill is a racist.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Tina Bradfield
Subject: I’m Bitter; I love My Gun And God; I’ll Vote OBAMA
Comment: Thank You for being objective and honest. Hillary is a liar, deceitful and a hypocritical. I am a 43 year old White woman and will not under any circumstances vote for her. Barack has been straight forward and honest. And I am bitter and hold on to my gun and religion when there is nothing else to hold to. Ashamed? Not on my life. I am an American; those are my rights. Finally Oregon’s vote will count for something. Finally we will be important. For the first time in my voting life! Thank God! Yes, I said thank God! Sue me; it’s my right to thank God!

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: rabbit
Subject: Racism and Hypocrisy
Comment: I am native american and I supprot Barack . .I believe Hillary is trying to tear Barack down so she can run for president in 20012

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Kelly S
Subject: Its all about 2012!
Comment: Hillary knows she cannot win this nomination. The Clintons cannot let Obama or for that sake anyone else from the Dems take center stage at this moment in the Democratic Party. Remember they were not active in 2004. An Obama presidency is harmful for them. McCain will be a one term president and his decision to stay in Iraq and with the economy in real danger, his Administration is going to be unpopular. Plus there is a chance the Dems will regain control of congress and senate this year.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Simon
Subject: America Is No Longer functioning.
Comment: All that I had learned about America for my past 30 years has been wiped away by the 2008 elections. Many things have been revealed especially Race and Corruption. Curruption in all its forms and racism in all its forms. When I compare Africa and the US their level of Corruption, that of the US is organized that why it has a term I have now learned, which is “lobbyists” and Africa’s is not organized thats why it is condemned. In conclusion Americans Like lies that will make them laugh rather than the truth that will make them think.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: sirod
Subject: HRC disgraceful campaign
Comment: Even a fool can understand what is going on! HRC is openly a hypocrite, a liar, and lack’s intergrity. If Americans vote for her, then they have nothing to teach the rest of the World! How can she be so mean and small?

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Arnold Moris
Subject: Hillary is a hypocrite
Comment: How about the fact that Black people give 95% of every dollar to the white business world. Should we conclude that Black people think that the white man’s ice is colder than than Black man’s ice?
What kind of racism is that? How about the fact that 90% of African Americans vote, throughout history up to now, of the African American vote has gone towards White candidates?

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Kenneth
Subject: Open your eyes
Comment: The photo speaks for itself. I will need your comfort in my deepest times and when I’m running for president, you are no longer seen as the good man who prayed over me.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Perceived
Subject: Racism: Obama and the Clintons
Comment: Is somebody saying 80-92% of African Americans vote for Obama because they do not see, consider, or care about race? Is the argument that they (African Americans) only care about are the issues, while those who are not African-Americans vote because of the color of a person’s skin. It this is true, then please explain Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: SOB
Subject: Racism
Comment: I will never vote for Clinton simply not because she is a woman but because she is very desperate and aggressive and would do anything to secure the nomination. I mean, is it that hard for people to see that the United States has over 300 million people of which 20 percent of them have the ability to be the president; why does it have to be the Bushs or the Clintons? Isn’t this ridiculous and senseless? Hillary is a huge liar, and a devil in sheep’s clothing. Let’s dump her….

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: peter paul perez
Subject: racism, two way street
Comment: Well, when the Democrats come knocking for our minority votes, show them the door, why? The way they have treated Obama shows us all what the Democratic party is really about; and the two Bigots the Clintons are truely about. The dirt the clintons have been barking is racial bigotry in its worst form; it has nothing to do with helping the people of this country. It is unacceptable in any country but here, it seems the country is gone to the dogs if so, no wonder the world hates us….

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Betty House
Subject: Black, White, and pink all over.
Comment: If you take a Black person and a White person and turn them insideout everyone would be the same color. Why are Blacks being punished? Stay strong Obama!!

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Anthony Walton
Subject: Clinton
Comment: You are so right! The Clintons brought out the race card; I am so upset because I was a Replublican and I went and registered as a Democrat to vote for Obama. I will never vote for Clinton or MCcain. I am not stupid.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Anthony
Subject: Racism and Hypocrisy
Comment: The problem seems to be more or less with the Americans in general rather than with Racism and Hypocrisy – The US folks seems to become too sophisticated in thinking that they no longer have common sense or no longer can apply their common sense and therefore no good sense of judgement! The most politicals like Hillary Clinton realize this fact, so they choose to consciously lie to them fundamentally over and over, and they still have their ways politically.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Bh In Phoenix
Subject: Racism and Hypocrisy
Comment: Thank you kindly for saying the words. You missed one important fact, that being Bob Johnson’s comments regarding Ms Ferraro’s comments; he said it was “okay” and was just stating the facts. Seems Mr. Johnson like Mr Clinton is demonstrating chameleon-like characterisitcs when it suits him best. It might be time to boycott mr. Johnson’s BET since he has forgotten who watches.

Editor’s Note: He sold BET to Viacom for $3 billion; that’s why he now makes outrageous statements.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Sher
Subject: White-on, I mean, Right-on, Wright
Comment: 92% of an oppressed group of individuals wanting to vote for a candidate who reflects their experience is not racism, it is commonality and common sense. Even for Black folk, that so many white women want to vote for Clinton is not so much rocket science as it is an emotionally-tinged socio-political objective. As much as double-speaking (Now I feel discriminated against by Black people! Take That!) whites are insistent upon trying to engender guilt in Black Americans…..

Editor’s Note: It is even sadder when we ignore facts. In surveys before the primaries started, Clinton was getting nearly 60% to Obama’s 40% of the Black vote; remember when the assertion was made that Bill Clinton was “Blacker” than Obama? All that went out the door when the Clintons unleashed the race card.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Minister L. Pierce
Subject: Racism & Hypocrisy
Comment: Re: One of the comments posted regarding the article:

You are being very silly and outrageous! If Mr. Obama was Hillary or some other Caucasian, you would not speak that of him. He has paid a price for where he is. His approach to people and situation is different from the other candidates. He is a people’s person like Mr. Reagan was but better. This Mr. Obama has educated himself to one of the most highest position by studying and laboring for his dream and that is to serve this country.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Wayne Bomgaars
Subject: Commentary on Hypocrisy
Comment: Geoffry Dunn has put into words the truth in a way I have not seen anyone come close too. Mr. Dunn has earned my respect. It’s funny you don’t see stuff like on the the 6:00 news. I guess hearing about flag pins and out-of-context bitter remarks is more newsworthy. My hat is off to the Black Star News for eliminating some of the yellow from journalism today.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Latimer
Subject: Racism and Hypocrisy
Comment: Excellent article on Racism and Hypocrisy on Hillary and Bill Clinton. It’s about time someone wrote an article on the Clintons.

Date: April 25th, 2008
Name: Linda
Subject: Racism and Hypocrisy
Comment: I am a senior citizen, female and Caucasian. I would not vote for Hillary Clinton because everything I know about the woman indicates she will say whatever is necessary for political expediency. In that way, she is no different than George W. Bush. What concerns me the most, however, is her negative campaigning against Barrack Obama. She does not need to be the catalyst which splits apart the Democratic Party so that victory becomes possible for John McCain.


June 7, 2008


Friday, June 6, 2008
Gallup poll: Clinton image sinks among African American voters

By GottaLaff

This is fascinating, considering the Clintons have had such a good relationship with the African American community in the past. Maybe all they should have thought twice before they “pushed a strategy of winning by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans.”

Posted by GottaLaff at 1:50 PM
Labels: 2008 elections, Barack Obama, gallup, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, poll, race
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GottaLaff | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 8:05 pm | #


My favorite one was the fact that in Virgina in 2006 George Allen did better with black voters than Hilary.
Kyle | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 7:40 pm | #


Perhaps Hill & John could meet at Feinstein’s and commiserate together. According to a Democracy Corp. poll, McCain’s “approval rating has dropped below the 50 percent mark in the last month among white union households, white unmarried women and older white, non-college men.” (Huffington Post)
Cauli | 06.06.08 – 4:25 pm | #


I agree, Clancy, that there was a general feel good feeling during the Clinton years. And he certainly deserves much of the credit for that. He was a great politician.

Still, ultimately I’m not sure he actually accomplished much for the black community.
Bucky | 06.06.08 – 4:21 pm | #


Bucky, I want to agree and disagree with you on your assertion that Bill’s Presidency was a disaster for the working poor. Although I agree that many of the policies you cited have had negative and disproportional impact on African Americans in the long-term, most still associate Clinton with the very strong economy (more jobs, income growth, low inflation, rising home ownership, etc.) that characterized his two terms. His popularity is largely based on this.

The fact is, few non-economists associate Clinton’s policies–especially his support for free trade, welfare reform, and corporate deregulation–with the various collapses that occurred under (and made worse by) Bush.
Clancy | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 3:14 pm | #


I know that the Clintons have historically enjoyed good relations with the black community, largely I think because of civil / voting rights work in the 60s and 70s.

But the Clinton presidency was pretty much a disaster for America’s working poor, which is disproportionally African American. I’m thinking welfare reform, NAFTA, banking reform, rising income inequality. What, really, did Bill accomplish for our black communities?

The same can be said of the gay community where they both still have strong support but in reality Bill was a disaster on gay-rights issues.
Bucky | 06.06.08 – 2:13 pm | #


I’m still surprised by the Clinton tactics. Yes, I’m that naive.
GottaLaff | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 2:06 pm | #


June 7, 2008


Friday, June 6, 2008
Clinton-Backing Congressman Says Clinton Camp Pushed Racist Strategy

By Paddy

Now this is disturbing. Sigh, and the spokesperson didn’t deny it.

…But threatening to steal some thunder from the rapprochement comes Rep. Rob Andrews, D-NJ — fresh from his primary loss to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ — who tells the Newark Star-Ledger that it may be tough for the party to unify behind Obama since the Clinton camp “has engaged in some very divisive tactics and rhetoric it should not have.”

Before the April 22 Pennsylvania primary, Andrews says, a “high-ranking person” in the Clinton campaign “pushed a strategy of winning by exploiting tensions between Jews and African-Americans.

“There have been signals coming out of the Clinton campaign that have racial overtones that indeed disturb me,” Andrews said. “Frankly, I had a private conversation with a high-ranking person in the campaign … that used a racial line of argument that I found very disconcerting. It was extremely disconcerting given the rank of this person. It was very disturbing.”

The Clinton campaign’s response, from spox Phil Singer: “Comments like these, coming so soon after Congressman Andrews’ crushing defeat, are sad and divisive.”

Obama, Democrat, Hillary Clinton, primary, race
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i figured that out when all of a sudden wright popped up, he was well paid for that one, and one of the women supporters was setting next to him at the conference they showed on tv. It wasnt any secret that the race card was through, i just wish hillary didnt brain wash her supporters to the point that they would let the country go down instead of voting for obama
rose | 06.07.08 – 9:20 am | #


No news here, it’s been obvious to most of us, Jews, Latinos, etc. I’m Latina, and her statement that Latinos won’t vote for a black candidate infuriated me no end. Obama did the opposite, told African Americans that job discrimination against them was standard long before the immigrant influx, don’t scapegoat immigrants. I’m a Black Latina, so Obama was my only choice to not attack part of my own self. Clinton was telling me to look down on parts of my own family. She astonished me. But it’s over, she’s done, I hope she can “change”. Obama changed me – I would have been acid-tongued against Hillary, but he keeps me cool, because we’re winning. Time to organize our volunteers – nationally! Barack On!
NewBeginning | 06.06.08 – 5:13 pm | #


This is so sad. We need to heal and work together for all Americans. However, I must tell you that during this campaign process I have been angry to hear some of the comments from Penn, Wolffson, Ickes, et. al.

Hillary was so much better than the people who ran her campaign.
SharonAustinTX | 06.06.08 – 1:48 pm | #


This is the time to come together, we have Mccain to beat in Nov..

I don’t care who did what, all I care now is I am now supporting Barack against Mccain and that is what we should all care about, Obama supporters need to understand that they cann’t win alone some of us still have to vote for him in Nov against Mcsame.
Mark | 06.06.08 – 1:34 pm | #


Ok, now after he loses he comes out with this, but that is why Obama was getting the black vote, the blacks knew because they have had it used against them all their lives.

I find it funny that Hillary Clinton and John McCain wants to be president of America, but after Obama became the first black person to win primary for a major party, neither Hillary or John made any statement about the history of this for America.

Hillary has gone out of her way to made sure she gets all the coverage this week.
dfortruth | 06.06.08 – 11:37 am | #


Isn’t that the truth, Clancy.

Their attempts to use racism to win clearly backfired. I was torn about whoe to vote for before Bill’s SC comments. But his use of racism was the biggest eye-opener for me. Here was someone who relied on the black vote for his success in politics and yet in an instant turned on them and was willing to figuratively slap them in the face for political expediency. It showed me I had been completely wrong about them. They are nothing but users. It isn’t about working for the voters (blacks, women, working poor, middle class, elderly, not anyone — not even about the rich and powerful), it is primarily about them and what they want.

I think they do care about some of the same issues that I care about. But only as secondary to their wants.

Thank goodness Obama ran against her. Otherwise, she would likely be the next prez.
eve | 06.06.08 – 10:44 am | #


Denise said that the guy is a total tool, but probably telling the truth and she knows her some NJ politics.
Paddy | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 10:41 am | #


Well, if anyone would know something about sad and divisive comments following defeat, it would be the Clinton campaign.
Clancy | Homepage | 06.06.08 – 10:28 am | #



June 6, 2008


Campaign ’08: Obama candidacy has Utah African-Americans buoyant
Many say they didn’t think it would happen in their lifetimes
By Jennifer W. Sanchez
and Sheena McFarland
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 06/06/2008 06:30:10 AM MDT

- They believed it was possible, but many blacks in Utah never thought it would happen in their lifetimes.
Tom Cameron, 83, said he doubted he would ever see a black man becoming a party’s nominee for president as Democrat Barack Obama did this week.
Angel Bumpers, 30, said she, too, was skeptical Obama could pull off the nomination because other black leaders, such as Jesse Jackson, have tried and failed.
Now it’s different.
“America has shown that it’s not about your gender or ethnic background, but it’s about positive change, regardless of who it’s coming from,” said Bumpers. She’s been supporting Obama by donating money and passing out fliers at her beauty shop and salon, Beyond Beautiful, in Murray.
Priest Mitchell, 31, said he won’t believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton is dropping out of the presidential race until he hears it from her mouth, and he won’t vote for Obama based on his skin color.
“As much as I’d like to see a brother in the White House, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be the best choice,” he said.
Even Republicans, though, recognize the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy.
“I hope that this is a signal that we as Americans can set race aside and focus on the qualifications and merits of an individual,” said James Evans, chairman of the Salt Lake County
Many blacks in Utah say they’re shocked Obama is having so much success in his quest to become president because of the strong racial tensions that still exist in the country. But, they said they have faith that Obama is the best qualified candidate for the job, and they’re proud he happens to be African-American.
Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church views Obama’s candidacy as “bringing to pass what I consider Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and the dream of America – to be judged not just by skin color but character.”
“It reminds African Americans and me in particular that we can achieve our potential,” Davis said. “We can get to where we are trying to go.”
Cameron of West Valley City has been voting since the 1940s when President Roosevelt was in office. He voted for Obama in the Utah primary, and he can’t wait to do it again in November. Cameron said he’s glad that Obama never let anything, especially his skin color, discourage or distract him from reaching for the top.
“He had to overcome a lot,” he said as he got a haircut at Jim’s Barber Shop in Salt Lake City. “I feel proud about it because it took everything he had.”
Christopher Moore, a barber at Beyond Beautiful, said Obama’s white and black background – his father was Kenyan and his mother a white woman from Kansas – makes him a stronger leader because he understands both histories.
Moore hasn’t voted since President Clinton’s re-election in 1996, but he plans to register soon.
“It’s worth it this year,” he said.
Benjamin Agor, a structural engineer for Rockwell Collins, believes an Obama presidency would have its biggest impact on future generations.
“A lot of role models in the African-American community have been actors and actresses and athletes, but there have been no strong role models in society. Some kids get caught in this endless loop, this cycle of poverty and they don’t see any strong male figures in their lives,” Agor said. “But Obama’s presidency will help with the youth coming up.”
As for 72-year-old Hershel Haygood, he’s trying to stay optimistic about Obama but he fears that racist voters from the older generations might prevail.
“I’m hoping that these young people will outweigh these old people that have this old stuff in their heads,” he said.

Blacks in Utah

* The estimated 21,000 blacks in Utah make up less than one percent of the state’s population.

“I hope that all of the racists don’t vote for McCain because of the color of his skin… the only way to prove that you aren’t a racist is to vote for Obama because of the color of HIS skin.”

Sophlady: 6/6/2008 4:46:00 AM +2

Sad to say, I am seeing how deep racism still is among some Utahns both on threads about Sen. Obama and threads about the FLDS. It is true both here and at the Deseret News, where they have an article today claiming that only Rozita Swinton could be ‘Sarah,’ despite evidence to the contrary. The demonizing of Ms. Swinton fits right in with the supposedly rejected Mormon belief that black people are inferior and evil.

DudaDuda: 6/6/2008 6:17:00 AM +5

The Headline is: “Obama has black Utahns buoyant”

Yes…and me as well. I like this guy. My observation is that he’s displayed a refreshing integrity in his words and actions thus far. I hope that continues.

Finally…a presidential candidate worth taking a chance on….for the first time in a very long time.

That being said…Utah, of course, will go repub. in the gen election. Even blatant racists who make blatantly racist comments (i.e. “that baby is BLACK”) get elected in Utah…if they happen to be republican.

While I appreciate the effort in offering Clarence Thomas and Condaleeza Rice as role models for African Americans, I have to temper that a bit. Brother Thomas and Sister Rice, while achieving such high positions in government, either do not hold the same ideals and values that many African Americans do (in the case of Justice Thomas), or are tied to a presidency that is out of touch with most of America (in the case of Secretary Rice) , so those aren’t the greatest examples of role model litmus test fillers based on brown skin. Colin Powell is a better example, and he was used as a pawn in Bush’s scheming to go into Iraq was left to slither away in shame – for the time being.
Red Rider: 6/6/2008 6:54:00 AM -4

Its a new dawn! Obama and Clinton have shown that the American Dream is inclusive.

fulano: 6/6/2008 6:56:00 AM +3

marky – the color of Obama’s skin is a reason to vote for him if your skin matches. Go into the urban areas of the country – Chicago, DC, Atlanta, Detroit and say “I’m not voting for Obama”. Odds are you will be called a racist within seconds.
Personally, I hope Obama wins. And I’m even a white Republican. McCain is mentally unstable and I don’t want him having any say into the operations of the armed forces, especially not the nuclear weaponry.
DudaDuda, you are correct – the article itself was racist. If you want a colorblind society then you have to report in a colorblind section. I found this article to be as offensive as the ones that had all of the elderly women whining and crying because they wouldn’t see a female president in their lifetime.
buntaro – did you break something trying to bend into the political correctness? You wouldn’t know racism if it pulled you out of your vehicle and shattered your skull with a brick for no reason other than being white while driving in the wrong neighborhood. That you apparently have never heard a single person ex


June 6, 2008


Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama 23 Comments | Published by Shaheem Reid on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10:37 am

Obama, holla! Eventually Barack Obama will have to initiate a dialogue with the hip-hop community. I was with LL Cool J earlier this week and he told me about a new record he’s made concerning the presidential climate. And on Wednesday, my dude Green Lantern hit me off with a brand-new record from Nas called “Black President.” In the song, Esco speaks directly to Obama and gives him his outlook and expectations on what changes we need as a country. I’m loving Nas’ audacity right now! How bold are you to directly address the man that has a 50/50 chance of being the commander-in-chief? Hip-hop with substance is hip-hop at its essence — hip-hop at its best.

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23 Comments to “Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama”
Mr Brown says:11:11 on 06/05You know what? He doesn’t even need to be acknowledge as the best rapper in the world right now. Tell me when you hear this guys lyrics you don’t feel it instead of saying nice beat. When the lyrics can outshine any beat that is the mark of a true mc. Nuff Respect Cortez says:11:14 on 06/05It’s songs like this that makes Nas one of the greAtest music artist of our time. We are consistently talking about the hottest rapper, but how many of those rappers can push aside radio spins to get a real message out like Nas? I am so tired of hearing these one-hit wonder dance tunes when Esco can make you sit and think about stuff that’s going on in the world right now. Thank you Nas – G.O.A.T. shael says:12:05 on 06/05nas is the best you’ve all heard one ~~* and here he is again never disappointing us thank you nas Wilson says:12:21 on 06/05G.O.A.T…..This dude is in his own lane….How can you not appreciate the real ish this cat raps about. Much respect Esco…..Can’t wait for the album homey!!! Wilson says:12:25 on 06/05G.O.A.T….This dude is in his own lane. How can anyone front on this dude as being one of the illest and realist of all time. Keep spittin the real Esco…..Can’t wait for the album gr3um5 says:12:48 on 06/05NAS – N%##€9
Thx HipHop and peace yall
THE N!99µR TAPE will be real ish !

one love estama elipheete says:1:05 on 06/05nas is the # 1 in the hiphop busness if y’all did
ot know.We eeed areall black president Joe says:1:20 on 06/05Nas is a turd Mrs. P says:1:32 on 06/05I’ve been a fan of Nas forever. This brother is a genius in his own right and we all need to pay homage to one of the greatest rappers of all time….. thelistener says:2:17 on 06/05HAHAHA…. MY N—-! Well…thats a certified BANGER on tha album! Nas is the GOAT… period. Who else takes the stance that Nas does for the people? Nobody. Living Legend! kayel says:2:47 on 06/05this is why jayz could never claim the throne without wondering if he is lying to himself, the modern day rakim and krs-one rolled into one, keepin it real NAS is truely the best to touch the ??% TEDARONI says:3:03 on 06/05oh yeah, history in themaking. The struggle that so many have made is paying off in a big way. The many blacks who have died and paved the way would be proud to see this happening. jordan says:3:43 on 06/05that is bulls— we are not ready for a black president cause there isnt a black man that can be a good president just like a woman especially hilary shouldnt be president rap and hip hop all suck your lyrics are s— they have no point behind them but to make you become an egotisticial ass—- that only cares about what they have not who they actually are The Illest says:4:07 on 06/05Mr. Brown you are on point. In this climate where a guy can be hailed as the best MC just for his swagger, Nas rises above them all. Lyrics still matter and he still brings you thought provoking rhymes that are way over the head of most of the kids who listen to rap not hip hop. Kid Poetic says:4:18 on 06/05It’s about time! Real hiphop has returned in the form of Mr. Nasir Jones. Finally, an artist who can speak on what’s going on and not care what ignorant people think.

@Jordan: That was easily one of the most ignorant things I’ve seen in a while, and that’s saying something since I’m only 15. America may not be ready for a Black president, but Black America, and the world are ready for it. Also, try listening to rap instead of being so one sided and ignorant. “People fear what they don’t understand.” detox says:4:37 on 06/05nice pac sample there

but its his lyrics man…how many others do you know that can even come close to Nas in terms of lyricism? Gameboy The 80’s Baby says:5:10 on 06/05Yeah dats what hiphop need right now! a real n—– to stand up and speak on sum real s—! tupac sample is hott too! I f—s wit nas! Check my music out @ if u wanna hear sum more real music! Dski says:9:14 on 06/05Take that Lil Wayne. Yeah now go kiss ya father. dez-up says:12:53 on 06/06I was so proud of Obama, stepping up and taking his place in history. It was an emotional moment so to speak;But, I say people need to 1st let him become President before laying 500yrs of oppression on the man, because will be President of ALL of America, for ALL Americans. OH and props to the kid for dissing that dumb ignorant ass. swerejr says:3:38 on 06/06yeah,this is the difference btn nas and others,am in china but i tell ya,nas is my best rapper of all times,he is skillful and real!,,,,behind you for life,keep it up! -Rez- says:4:24 on 06/06NAS isnt the best rapper…
he might rap… but not the great…
there is no ‘feel’ in his lyrics
he just raps the way we do our day to day talk….
so noo buddy…! obamahater says:4:47 on 06/06I have no respect for him.
if you can’t show patriotism to this country, don’t run for president. I LOVE AMERICA and I want someone who can lead this country with experience and patriotism… not bull****.
For someone to rap about a “black president”, just goes to show that this is all about race if he is affecting the hip hop class or as he stated “is one of his own”.
I don’t care if this is making history… I don’t care about making history… i care about my safety and how I’m going to be living when I go off on my own and into college. ~?@$* this IM BLACK **** so I’m voting for him because he is black. Put religion and race aside and listen to the two sides.

<3 USA
VOTE MCCAIN! comments to obamahater and jordan says:8:30 on 06/06Good day to you all, as much as i want to comment on nas record (which is a killa), i couldn’t help but read what you ignorant fools are saying about obama. why is it that we are not ready for a quote ‘black president’ what is that supposed to mean? he is a human being just like you educated and respectful just like anyone else.
its sad to see that people like you still have an outdated mind set of equality and what it is to be accepted just for who you are. we have never been interested in a political candidate like obama. the world is finally accepting us. rather for you to sit in your house with your computer and type bu&^%&^ about the poor guy go out and read how much S&*& your current president has put us in and how mccain will do the same. why am i even bothering? if he was WHITE there wouldn’t be a problem now would it? it just goes to show we have a long way to go as a country and how ignorant and demeaning we tend to be as americans. visit other countries and see how we are perceived because of BUSH. Electing mccain would prove that they were right and the word ‘equality’ doesn’t mean a thing.
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June 6, 2008

This is a track from “The Nigger Mixtape” that Nas plans to release. The song pays homage to our next President (yeah, I said it) Barack Obama and it samples Tupac on the hook.

Nas rhymes: “Obama provides hope and challenges minds of all races and colors to erase the hate and try to love one another.”

Nas puts a very powerful message in this song that I believe everyone should hear. Click on the link below.

Click here to listen to Black President by Nas

Jun 4 2008 3:32 PM EDT

Diddy, Young Jeezy, Respond To Barack Obama’s Historic Nomination; Check Out Nas’ New Song: ‘Black President’MTV News has an exclusive clip of the new Nas track!Views 22,277

By Shaheem Reid

Now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his biggest support is coming from the hip-hop community.

“Today is one of the greatest and proudest moments of my life,” Diddy said Wednesday (June 4) of Obama’s nomination. “Not just as a black man, but as an American. Senator Obama becoming the Democratic nominee for president is history in the making and proof that we do live in the greatest country in the world!”

“It goes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,” Young Jeezy raps at the beginning of The-Dream’s “I Luv Your Girl.” The Snowman says he’s been really interested in the political race this year.

“For real, as bad as we try to ignore it and act like it ain’t got nothing to do with us, it’s real,” Jeezy said about what some people in the black community have felt. “What [the rest of the country] feared for a long time, a black president, it could possibly happen right now.”

Jeezy said any of this year’s presidential hopefuls will do a better job than our current president. He wore a shirt onstage at Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam that read, “F— Bush.”

“I know however it comes out, [the election] is gonna affect all of us,” Jeezy added. “It’s like trying to fix a record label that’s bankrupt. These different households — middle class [or] people on Wall Street waking up bankrupt every day when the stocks ain’t the same. It’s a hard job for any one person to fix the country. It’s a lot of people. I can’t make everybody happy in my family. I know damn well can’t nobody make everybody happy in the country. You gotta deal with too many issues.”

For months, hip-hop artists such as Will.I.Am, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, the Game, Jay-Z and 50 Cent have been publicly supportive of Obama’s quest for the Oval Office.

“I heard Obama speak,” 50 told MTV News earlier this year. “He hit me with that he-just-got-done- watching-‘Malcolm X’ [thing], and I swear to God, I’m like, ‘Yo, Obama!’ ”

He then threw his fist in the air. “I’m Obama to the end now, baby!”

It’s no surprise that the thought-provoking Nas would be the first hip-hop artist to drop a song about Obama’s run for the presidency. MTV News has a received a new song by the mic savant called “Black President.” (Check out the song right here!) The record conveys Nas’ hopes for Obama, should he win the election, and touches on some of the hardships he could face along the way.

The cut, produced by DJ Green Lantern, starts with Obama being introduced as the next president of the United States. It then goes into Obama’s speech from Tuesday night. The track builds with a sample of Tupac Shakur’s voice: “Although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to have a black president.”

Optimism then prevails with a man singing, “Yes, we can change the world.” That’s emphasized with a sample of Obama yelling, “Change the world!”

Nas’ first verse is almost like an open letter to the country: “They forgot us on the block/ Got us in the box/ Solitary confinement, how violent are these cops?”

He ends his verse pointing the finger at some members of the black community. “A president’s needed,” he reiterates. “These colored folks and Negroes hate to see one of their own succeeding/ America: Surprise us, and let a black man guide us.”

When the second verse commences, Nas wonders what Obama might be thinking on election night. “Is it, ‘How can I protect my wife, protect my life, protect my rights?’ ”

Nas himself then expresses the slight misgivings he has about Obama: “I’m thinking, ‘I can trust this brother, but will he keep it way real?’ ”

“I was making the song for the Barack Obama mixtape, and Nas heard the song and called, like, ‘Yo, I need that for my album,’ ” Green Lantern explained of how the song came about. “I said, ‘Of course, but it’s gotta come out now, ’cause it’s so timely.’ With his album dropping July 1st, it worked out. I think he does it justice. He not only supports the idea of Obama being the president, he actually questions it in the second verse in true Nas fashion. He’s positive, uplifting, but critical at the same time.”

Earlier this month, Nas told MTV News that Obama’s rise to prominence actually got him interested in politics again. The Queensbridge native did say that he had a very specific agenda he wanted Obama to address if he made it to office — especially in the wake of the Sean Bell case.

“There never been a president to address the slaughter of young black people by this country’s police,” Nas fumed. “When your government’s police are killing one section of people, that’s genocide. There’s never been a president to even acknowledge it. You don’t acknowledge that? That’s a big thing President Obama has to recognize when he gets in office.

“I’m five presidents in … and I ain’t seen nothing happen to stop the police murders on young, black people,” he added. “Why would I believe in the system? With that being said, I think Barack can cure that disease and help cure the country. Not just in that area with us blacks, but also with all Americans. Women are getting treated like dogs. You know how hard it is for a woman to prove she was raped? The system is warped. They throw young guys — who’s starving — in jail just trying to survive on the streets. Throw them in jail forever. Young kids, 18 years old, executed in Texas. Yet, child predators get to come home and do it again. I think it’s so much our president can do. [Obama] seems like a human being. I say that because a lot of presidents don’t seem like human beings. They seem like straight-up businessmen who care about nothing but the business. Nah, you gotta care about the people.”

“Black President” is slated to appear on Nas’ forthcoming untitled LP (due next month) as well as his new street CD. The latter, a collaboration between the MC and DJ Green Lantern, will be released toward the end of this week. The mixtape has two covers: One depicting Nas with his mouth taped shut, the other with a photo of police brutality


June 6, 2008


The P.Cash Perspective
Common Sense Views and Commentary Regarding Black Culture, Politics, etc..etc…Feed on Posts Comments Video Report: Barack Gets Mad Love Up in Harlem NYC…
June 6, 2008 by P.Cash

Notice the emotion of the elderly woman in the report. I know she never thought that she would see a black man rise to this level in her lifetime. I feel the emotion too, but I’m saving my tears for November. I’ll probably cry whether he wins or not…

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June 6, 2008


The unraveling of Hillary Clinton
Ramesh Thakur / Special to The Daily Yomiuri

When the U.S. primary campaign began, there was great excitement among Americans and foreigners about the history-making potential of the first viable black or woman presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The primary contest is effectively over.

Whereas Barack Obama has weathered the storms and controversies, sometimes rising above them but also losing some of his early halo, Hillary Clinton finishes a much diminished persona. Her latest gaffe is symptomatic of her flawed candidacy. Justifying her decision to stay in the race, she referenced Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in June 1968. The insensitive, tasteless and potentially lethal remark crystallized many serious negatives: tone deaf compared to Bill Clinton’s pitch-perfect political skills; cold-bloodedly calculating; and unable to admit a serious error of judgment and moving on by apologizing for it, instead of blaming everyone else for inflaming the situation.

Clinton began with the biggest brand name in Democratic politics, household name recognition, a party machine and electoral organization in thrall to the Clintons, a 100 million dollars war chest, a network of operatives and loyalists across the country, and the priceless asset of a spouse who was hero-worshipped by the party’s base. None of this was proof against the lethal mix of hubris, arrogance, incompetence and misjudgments.

As the preordained nominee, Clinton was anticipating a coronation, not a contest with a junior, younger, African-American upstart who bested her in organization, mobilization and fund-raising. Her campaign morphed from enthusiasm to bitterness, pettiness, pandering, and race-baiting that has generated Clinton fatigue. When her team conducts a group postmortem, they should ask: If Obama is so deeply flawed and weak, how come we lost?

In a year when voters were hungry for change, including a yearning to move beyond the Bush-Clinton dynasties, she ran on insider experience. Positioning herself as the inevitable nominee, she clung to the center confident that the left-liberals would swallow their pride and stay inside the Democratic tent. Hence, for example, her vote for the Iraq war. By the time she corrected course and discovered her true meta-narrative as the fighter for the ordinary worker, it was too late: Her liberal, youth and black voters had defected to Obama, never to return.

Her desperate mid-campaign tack back to the party center blurred the policy differences with Obama. The contest then became one of character and personality. Matched against the elegant and cool Obama, she was a dead duck; or rather, the ugly duckling that never did turn into the beautiful swan even during the swansong of her lofty ambitions. Eloquence-envy from a pedestrian, sometimes grating public speaker may explain the disastrous fabrications of being under sniper fire in Bosnia, which so damagingly played into all her public negatives.

Again too late in the day, she discovered that Obama was most vulnerable if she hewed to the cultural, not political, center, as the champion and defender of everyday American habits and values. But then this, too, was immediately undermined by her blatant pandering on the idea of a gasoline tax holiday, which allowed Obama to deflect attention from the incendiary Jeremiah Wright to her gimmickry (and by implication untrustworthiness) against his own honesty and straight talk.

Like George W. Bush, Clinton elevated loyalty above competence. Mark Penn, her chief strategist, never grasped that Democrats allocate delegates proportionately. He–her chief strategist–thought that victory in California would bag all the state’s 370 delegates. They were similarly bewildered by the complexity of the primary-cum-caucus rules in Texas, with the result that Clinton won more votes but Obama collected more delegates. And Penn was contracted to negotiate a free trade deal for the Colombian government while Clinton was campaigning against it.

Team Obama’s attention to detail and rules paid handsome dividends in harvesting delegates in caucus after caucus that Clinton had chosen to ignore and then publicly belittled and denigrated after her string of losses.

Obama’s brilliance at fund-raising left Clinton looking leaden. Her political strategy was based on early victory. Astonishingly, she had no Plan B. The continual turmoil and shake-up did little to shore up faith in her organizational, presidential, financial management and commander-in-chief credentials.

Clinton had a powerful case regarding the importance of Michigan and Florida, the political perils of disenfranchising voters from these key battleground states, and the idiosyncrasies of the primary process. Almost certainly she would win these states in a proper contest. Her case would have been compelling and persuasive had she protested from the start against the party’s decision to penalize the two states for trying to advance their primary dates in order to jump the queue. In fact she agreed with the party’s wrongheaded decision not to count their delegates. Her subsequent insistence that they be counted, once she fell behind Obama, cemented perceptions about her bad faith and untrustworthiness.

Clinton was guilty of serial race-baiting. She said bluntly that “hard-working Americans, white Americans” in her coalition would never vote for Obama. This “only whites are hard-working” and “Psst, Obama is black, America is white” strategy incensed blacks, outraged many whites and antagonized several Congressional colleagues. But it was part of a pattern, starting with the Hispanic card in Nevada, including Bill Clinton’s effort to belittle Obama as merely a black candidate in South Carolina, and exploding with a live on-screen confrontation on May 5 between Paul Begala, a Clinton supporter, and Donna Brazile, an undeclared Obama-leaning super-delegate.

The New York Times columnist Bob Herbert let loose with a brutal assault on her (May 10) that recalled the Clintons’ many lapses and ethically challenged code of conduct from yesteryears that Obama had been too polite to use against a fellow-Democrat woman. Just Bill Clinton’s 1999 pardoning of convicted FALN Puerto Rican terrorists alone touched on honesty, patriotism, terrorism, national security, justice and abuse of office to help Hillary’s run for the Senate to court New York’s Puerto Rican vote, all wrapped in one convenient scandal.

Others noted that no Democrat could have been elected president since 1960 without the near-total black support. This year the liberal condescension–the Rosa Parks syndrome, that blacks should know their place at the back of the bus or line and stay there until called–will be put to the test with Obama as the nominee. Blacks have delivered for white Democratic candidates for 50 years; it’s time to call in the favor.

Could Clinton be angling for the vice-presidential spot? A combined “dream ticket” seems very unlikely. Her presence, with all the baggage of old politics, would contradict his central message. Some wag commented that he would need a full-time food taster. Michelle Obama is said to be strongly opposed. Clinton would make it difficult to reach across to independents and moderate Republicans. The Clintons back in power would mean a reprise of drama and dysfunctionality. How would Obama handle his vice-president’s spouse being a former president?

Nothing can take away Clinton’s historic reach, which brings the presidency within the grasp of other women. The tragedy is that she does have so many admirable traits and political pluses. Those who have known her the longest and the best insist that she is smart, brilliant, savvy, dedicated, warm and witty. Her years of very public struggles and humiliations have created a public persona greatly at variance with the private person. She did best during encounters, as in the famous New Hampshire TV interview, that allowed the real Hillary to come through the tough exterior. It’s a pity that the strategy was to emphasize her toughness and downgrade her human qualities. Her political skills and policy mastery might yet be harnessed to effective public leadership in the Senate. The gravely ill Sen. Ted Kennedy’s life is a metaphor for the transience of turmoil and the lasting legacy of legislative accomplishments that would have been denied him had he won the presidency.

Thakur is a distinguished fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo.

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