Clinton’s Time to Get Up

There are many who say it’s time for Hillary Clinton to get out of the Democratic presidential nomination race. I am not one of them. It is not time for her to get out but it is time for her to get up. Her campaign always manages to find its way into the gutter and now is the time for Hillary to lift the campaign up and end her race for the 2008 nomination with dignity.

Her latest statement to USA Today hardly served this purpose.

“There was just an AP article posted that found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans is weakening again and how the whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me and in independents, I was running even with him and doing even better with Democratic-leaning independents. I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on.”

Putting aside the implication that those who are voting for Obama are not the “hard-working” Americans, the fact that she claims she has the white vote nailed down is just shameful. Not only is it polarizing (a specialty of Hillary’s going back at least 16 years), it is condescending and pandering at the same time.

This is what I would like to hear from Hillary Clinton:

“I do not want the vote of any American who votes for me because they do not want a black man in the White House. If you are supporting me because you do not want a black man in the White House, then please, do not vote for me. It goes against everything I have worked for throughout my political life.”

If Hillary cannot muster the courage to call for racial reconciliation in this country, even at her own political peril, then she should indeed get out of the race.

Rutherford Political Blogger Alliance


2 thoughts on “Clinton’s Time to Get Up

  1. Polling breakdowns bear some of her statements out and clearly shows where the black vote is going. Should these polls be outlawed ?

  2. There is a difference between polling data and interpretation of polling data AND who does the interpreting. The possibility that this race seems to be dividing down racial and gender lines is nothing new. The main stream media comments on it endlessly.

    What end does it serve for Hillary to call this out? Is she really doing her party a service by saying “wake up and smell the coffee, I’m the only one who can beat McCain in this racist country of ours”? This sentiment, coming from her is unseemly to say the least.

    Peggy Noonan put it beautifully in a Wall Street Journal editorial (

    “To play the race card as Mrs. Clinton has, to highlight and encourage a sense that we are crudely divided as a nation, to make your argument a brute and cynical “the black guy can’t win but the white girl can” is — well, so vulgar, so cynical, so cold, that once again a Clinton is making us turn off the television in case the children walk by.” — Peggy Noonan

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