More Dung Flung From the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

Clinton Campaign: “Obama Likes Republican Ideas. Except that he is the most liberal US Senator.”

Huh? That’s right.

Remember the latest South Carolina Debate?

CLINTON: “You talked about admiring Ronald Reagan and you talked about the ideas …”

What exactly did Barack Obama say? In a meeting with the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal on January 14, Obama likened the current zeitgeist to the feeling in the country when Reagan ran for the White House in 1980. “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.” In the same answer, Obama went on to say: “The Republican approach has played itself out.” He then immediately said the sentence that the Clintons have used against him. “I think it is fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there the last 10 or 15 years in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom.”

Watch Obama in Reno.

OBAMA: “You just said that I complimented the Republican ideas. That is not true.”

How did the Clinton camp portray Obama’s comments? Clinton did not actually refer to Reagan in the debate – as Obama claims – but she and John Edwards have commented frequently on his remarks about Reagan and the Republicans in recent days. For example, on January 18, Clinton, campaigning in Las Vegas, said: “I have to say, you know, my leading opponent the other day said that he thought the Republicans had better ideas than Democrats the last 10 to 15 years. That’s not the way I remember the last 10 to 15 years.”

Fact Check’s take.

In one of the liveliest debates of the 2008 presidential campaign, the three top Democrats slugged it out in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We noted some low blows:

* Clinton falsely accused Obama of saying he “really liked the ideas of the Republicans” including private Social Security accounts and deficit spending. Not true. The entire 49-minute interview to which she refers contains no endorsement of private Social Security accounts or deficit spending, and Obama specifically scorned GOP calls for tax cuts.

PS: this is what Obama really said:

So, Clinton says that Obama is too much like a Republican.

But wait: he is now the most liberal Senator?

“Independent and Republican support is diminishing as they find out he’s the most liberal Democratic senator… As they get more of a sense that he’s not ready to be Commander-in-Chief, a lot of Independents who were supporting him are disappearing.”

Which is it??? 🙂

Oh yes: Obama is where he is BECAUSE HE IS BLACK. Who said that? Some ignorant “rank and file” Clinton supporter? Nope. That was said by Geraldine Ferarro (the Clinton supporter who as the Democratic VP candidate in 1984)

An outspoken advocate for women’s issues and a staunch supporter of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, Ferraro will offer her views on the state of the nation and the race for the White House at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Armstrong Theatre of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Theatre in Torrance. The program is part of the American Perspectives series. […]
“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she continued. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

What crap. One Kos member got it right:

Comment by slatersan:

She’s half right

If he were a white man…

the race would be over…

and he’d be the nominee.

DHinMI had some things to say about this ugly comment:

Yes, Clinton surrogate Geraldine Ferraro said that. Geraldine Ferraro–nominated as Vice President almost entirely because she was a woman–ridiculing Barack Obama’s rise as supposedly due to his race is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

One can laugh at the ridiculousness of the statement, or ridicule the idea that African-Americans somehow have it easier in America than white men or women. But to do so misses how Ferraro’s statement will be heard by too many Americans.

The fact is, there are a lot of White people in American who believe they’re at a disadvantage, that Blacks get things handed to them. The idea may be foreign to some people, but I’ve heard it my entire life. I’ve heard it at family gatherings, in my neighborhood when I was a kid, from family friends and all kinds of other folks. It’s not a fringe belief. It’s at the heart of the belief system of the so-called Reagan Democrats—swing voters and even some Democrats who were cradle Democrats but defected to Reagan and have been up for grabs in most elections since 1992. […]

One can give Ferraro the benefit of the doubt, and assume that her comment was just a “slip of the tongue.” One can assume that the wife of Bill Clinton—the man from Hope known for his passionate desire to bring about racial reconciliation in America—would never hope to benefit from racist envy and distrust. And one can assume that the Clinton campaign wouldn’t deliberately appeal to racial prejudice to win the nomination, because to conclude otherwise might make you want to vomit.

Someone might remind this utterly ignorant old woman that Obama has had to get early Secret Service Protection because of his race. A Kossack reminds her of this.

This sure brings to mind some recent things, doesn’t it?

There is what Dick Morris predicted prior to the South Carolina Primary:

The Clintons are encouraging the national media to disregard the whites who vote in South Carolina’s Democratic primary and focus on the black turnout, which is expected to be quite large. They have transformed South Carolina into Washington, D.C. — an all-black primary that tells us how the African-American vote is going to go.

By saying he will go door to door in black neighborhoods in South Carolina matching his civil rights record against Obama’s, Bill Clinton emphasizes the pivotal role the black vote will play in the contest. And by openly matching his record on race with that of the black candidate, he invites more and more scrutiny focused on the race issue.

Of course, Clinton is going to lose that battle. Blacks in Nevada overwhelmingly backed Obama and will obviously do so again in South Carolina, no matter how loudly former President Clinton protests. So why is he making such a fuss over a contest he knows he’s going to lose?

Precisely because he is going to lose it. If Hillary loses South Carolina and the defeat serves to demonstrate Obama’s ability to attract a bloc vote among black Democrats, the message will go out loud and clear to white voters that this is a racial fight. It’s one thing for polls to show, as they now do, that Obama beats Hillary among African-Americans by better than 4-to-1 and Hillary carries whites by almost 2-to-1. But most people don’t read the fine print on the polls. But if blacks deliver South Carolina to Obama, everybody will know that they are bloc-voting. That will trigger a massive white backlash against Obama and will drive white voters to Hillary Clinton.

Obama has done everything he possibly could to keep race out of this election. And the Clintons attracted national scorn when they tried to bring it back in by attempting to minimize the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in the civil rights movement. But here they have a way of appearing to seek the black vote, losing it, and getting their white backlash, all without any fingerprints showing […]

And Bill Clinton’s Jesse Jackson comment:

And the “blackening of Obama’s photo” in an ad

It appears to me that Samantha Power was right.


March 11, 2008 - Posted by | hillary clinton, obama, politics/social, republicans

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