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High water mark for Obama?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, January 27, 2008

I have an XM radio, and I listen unfailingly to Opie and Anthony and Ron and Fez every day. Neither show is particularly political, but occasionally Ron and Fez do talk politics.

The other day, they were discussing the South Carolina primaries, and Ron Bennington, talking about why, ultimately, he thinks Barack Obama will lose, said, "Bill Clinton is going from door to door, knocking on doors like he's running for f*ckin' fire marshal. That's why they'll win. They want it!"

He's certainly right about their deep desire for the presidency for Ms. Clinton. And when the chips are down, they will go to the wall to win, as Mr. Obama—and many other Democrats—are finally realizing.

One of the things they've done is to make Mr. Obama's race a primary issue in the campaign.
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.
Yes. No doubt that effect was completely unintentional. It really is amazing how the Clintons always manage to reap the benefits of sunch unintended consequences. They are obviously very...lucky...in that regard.

while being a black man may not be a hindrance in South Carolina—indeed, with the black population size in that state, it's probably a positive benefit—highlighting Mr. Obama's race for voters in other states may very well help the CLintons. Indeed, Michael Graham argues that, by making Obama's race a key issue, they can marginalize him in the rest of the country.
No matter what happens in South Carolina today - even if Obama wins a plurality among white voters - the Clintons and their media stooges have turned South Carolina into “the black primary.”

In fact, the bigger his win, the more it reinforces the campaign-killing message that Barack Obama is “their” candidate.

If tomorrow’s headlines read “Obama Crushes Clinton, Wins 80 percent of African-American Vote,” every non-black voter will get the message that Obama is somebody else’s candidate, not theirs.

It’s cynicism at its lowest. It is utterly shameful. And yet every “Bush is Hitler!” liberal in America will quietly go along.

Bill and Hillary will pay no political price among liberal voters, or even among black voters, for what they have done. She will still get 90 percent of the black vote in November, and Bill will be greeted like a rock star in Harlem.
Up 'til now, Obama has been running as a presidential candidate who just happens to be black. If the Clintons can manage to turn that perception around, and make him look like another race-centric, Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton clone in the minds of white voters, they will reap the benefits.

Who knew that the Democrats had a key "racist" demographic that could be exploited?

So, it now becomes an interesting question as to whether the Clintons' "unintentional" race-baiting has the desired effect, or if it causes a backlash among Democrat voters. It's clear, though, what the Clintons are betting on.
 
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Are people actually buying this argument about losing to win?

I guess I could be wrong, but it sounds like the prevent defense, a good way to lose.
 
Written By: Harun
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I think that they had a pretty good idea that Obama would win SC a few weeks back, so they adjusted to those lemons and came up with a lemonade strategy. As to the racial strategy, I noted in another thread here that Dick Morris nailed that one, predicting that the Clintons would go to a race-based campaign.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Who knew that the Democrats had a key "racist" demographic that could be exploited?
Senator Byrd?

 
Written By: Jeff Medcalf
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Franks:
Up ’til now, Obama has been running as a presidential candidate who just happens to be black.
That’s been the presentation, encased in a hard protective coating of political correctness, but Obama has been running a sub-rosa racial candidacy all along. The key to that is the church he belongs to. Imagine if David Duke, for instance, had eschewed all racial rhetoric and run espousing political views that were perfectly mainstream with inspirational themes, but that he belonged, in the meantime, to a racist Christian Identity church.

Would anyone, for a second, accept the explanation that "I don’t agree with all of the pastor’s views" even though he had belonged to the church for a decade and a half and counted the pastor as a close personal advisor?

I mean, it’s tough to match the Clintons for hypocrisy and deceit, but I believe that Obama is clearly up to it.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Would anyone, for a second, accept the explanation that "I don’t agree with all of the pastor’s views" even though he had belonged to the church for a decade and a half and counted the pastor as a close personal advisor?
Yes, yes they would Martin...IF Obama was the Last Great Hope for the Constitution, as Dr. Paul is...look at them, for 10 years Ron Paul puts ut crazy-Sh*te and now, now everyone is shocked, SHOCKED to discover it and Dr Paul just can’t remember who wrote it.

Bottom-Line: never underestimete the ability of the committed to ignore those pesky things like facts.
 
Written By: Joe
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He’s certainly right about their deep desire for the presidency for Ms. Clinton. And when the chips are down, they will go to the wall to win, as Mr. Obama—and many other Democrats—are finally realizing.
While certainly a factor, this only accounts for less than half of the equation. The remaining factors; The other candidates, events between here and November, and most importantly, a desire on the part of the voter to see the Candidate back in the White House.

I can’t speak well to the first two, but I WILL say that I do not see a great deal of desire on the part of the electorate for Bill and Hillary Clinton to be in power again. True enough, the idea of a campaign is to create that desire, but if I read the campaigns, and their results so far, correctly, I do not think that desire is there, nor can it be manufactured to the degree required to attain office.

Rather the opposite, if anything. Given the vibe we’re seeing now it wouldn’t surprise me to see a number of Democrats staying home in November, should Hillary Clinton actually attain the nomination, which itself now seems questionable.



 
Written By: Bithead
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So, it now becomes an interesting question as to whether the Clintons’ "unintentional" race-baiting has the desired effect, or if it causes a backlash among Democrat voters.
I’d say the answer to both is going to be "yes"

There is no doubt that Obama has zero shot to win this thing. Hillary will win it no matter how ugly or underhanded it has to get- be it through a superdelegate loophole, or in forcing the MI/FL delagetes to count, or in just dragging the whole mess so deeply into the muck, she’ll win.

And a whole lot of supporters will stay home in Nov, especially if the GOP runs someone who looks "reasonable"

This is gonna get bloody. And that suits me fine. The best thing so far is the drubbing St. Bill’s reputation has taken. There’s lots of "I told you so" coming from the VRWC and lots of crow being eaten by the Clinton worshippers of yesteryear.

One last thing....suddenly Iraq nowhere near to the top issue? HUH. Yet another vindication for George W. Bush.

Will wonders never cease....
 
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