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Friday, May 09, 2008

Hillary Clinton Plays The Race Card

Hillary Clinton said in an interview, "Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.
This comment from Clinton was said in an interview with USA Today and she was citing Associated Press polling data.

Today a firestorm of reactions have come out saying she is playing the "race card".

Clinton denies she was playing the race card and asserts, "These are the people you have to win if you're a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election. Everybody knows that."

Eugene Robinson, an op-ed columnist at Washington Post believes what she is really saying to the superdelegates is, "There's no way that white people are going to vote for the black guy. Come November, you'll be sorry."

Hillary Clinton's own supporters are even saying that was not something she should have said, as evidenced by Charlie Rangel (D-Manhattan), saying, "I can't believe Sen. Clinton would say anything that dumb."

Superdelegates that have not made their choice as of yet on who to support are weighing in as shown by a statement from Muriel Offerman, saying, "That should not have been said. I think it drives a wedge, a racial wedge, and that's not what the Democratic Party's about."

Some didn't even know how to respond to such a statement.

The reactions have been coming out fast and furiously and some think that this is simply the last scream from Clinton as her ship sinks.

As more superdelegates come out for Barack Obama, some even switching from Hillary Clinton to Obama, we see Clinton pulling out every card she has left to play and many believe that as far as Hillary is concerned, if the winner cannot be her, then no Democrat should win and she cares not about dragging the whole Democratic party down with her.

The question I see many asking isn't if Hillary Clinton will bow out before fracturing the party, but whether she is even capable of bowing out gracefully or if that ship has already sailed?

Time will tell but comments like the one she made in the USA Today interview gives a good indication of what the answer to that question will be.

[Update] It seems the question is answered and Hillary hasn't any intention of bowing out in the near future.