Does This Headline Sound Familiar?
Obama Routs Clinton in Racially Charged SC Primary
It should. It's exactly the one I've been predicting all week.
Barack Obama defeated Mrs. Clinton by a whopping 20% [update: it's closer to 30%] in an election season where nobody's gotten even a 10% win. And everyone knows how Sen. Obama did it. Even Bill Clinton knows, according to the AP:
"They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender. That's why people tell me Hillary doesn't have a chance of winning here," the former president said at one stop as he campaigned for his wife, strongly suggesting that blacks would not support a white alternative to Obama.
Clinton campaign strategists denied any intentional effort to stir the racial debate. But they said they believe the fallout has had the effect of branding Obama as "the black candidate," a tag that could hurt him outside the South.
Really? Yuh think?
And just to make sure everyone got the point, Bill Clinton also brought up Jesse Jackson earlier today:
Another reporter asked what it said about Obama that it “took two people to beat him.” [Bill] Clinton again passed. “That’s’ just bait, too. Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice, in '84 and '88. And he ran a good campaign. Senator Obama's run a good campaign here, he’s run a good campaign everywhere.”
Ronald Reagan won SC twice. So did George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton himself, for that matter. Why not name them? Of all the presidential candidates who've won South Carolina, why choose to compare Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson?
The tragedy, as I said in my column Saturday, is that liberals will follow quietly along, no matter how racists or repulsive the Clinton behavior. It's Clinton Uber Alles for the Left--and they're just being good Democrats about it.
UPDATE: And just in case you didn't get the memo, White America, here's the lead from ABC's coverage of the SC primary results:
"Sen. Barack Obama, vying to become the nation's first black president, has won the South Carolina primary today, boosted by a record turnout of African-American voters."