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Senator Clinton's Comments

Senator Hillary Clinton made comments in New Hampshire last week that sought to diminish the role of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement.

Mrs Clinton said—“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a President to get it done.”

Mrs. Clinton’s comments were part of her effort since the Iowa caucus to belittle the optimism felt by many over the campaign of Senator Barack Obama.

Along these lines, former President Bill Clinton described the Obama theme of hope as a “fairy tale.

It’s no surprise that the Clintons would play down the work done by the Civil Rights movement and the idea that we can do more than settle for the least bad option.

Clintonism has always been about settling for the least bad option in a conservative era.

Now that the conservative era may be coming to an end, what strategy is left but to ridicule the idea that people believing in anything more than the imagination-killing pragmatism of centrist politics can make America better?

For the record, Mrs. Clinton’s reading of history is simply wrong. As well-detailed in Carol Polsgrove’s Divided Minds–Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement and David L. Chappell’s excellent A Stone of Hope—Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow, many white liberals and white intellectuals were slow to embrace the cause of Civil Rights.

From Stone of Hope—“It is hard to sort out whether liberals cared a great deal about racism, but lacked the power to challenge it, or simply cared too little about racism, until black voters and protesters forced their hand…in the 1960’s.”

While many whites did take personal and political risks to aid the cause of Civil Rights, if Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement had waited for someone other than themselves to bring about freedom, they might well still be waiting.

And if in 2008 we look to Hillary Clinton to inspire us beyond the mess we find ourselves in today, we will also have a very long wait.

By |2008-01-14T00:35:03-04:00January 14th, 2008|Election 2008, Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on Senator Clinton's Comments

Clinton's victory speech

There are some mysteries in life that I’ll never understand – Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster and Hillary Clinton’s victory.  Pundits are talking about Hillary’s Titanic victory.  People in the Clinton camp were talking about a shake up.  I’m not sure which Hillary Clinton all of a sudden became David and Barack Obama became Goliath.  I do know that many people made up their minds at the last minute but that doesn’t seem to explain it.

Now, I’m going to throw this out there because it is my job.  My job as a blogger is to ask questions.  Were there any voting irregularities?  I have scanned the local New Hampshire papers and I have found not a whiff.

No one has a good answer as to why the polls were so wrong.  A 13 – 15% point swing is huge.  That would be the same as John Edwards winning over both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in New Hampshire.  That’s a huge difference.

I don’t think that Hillary Clinton becoming teary eyed or her performance in the debate made any difference.  Anyway, I need more data.  The exit polling results don’t really do it for me.  I’m looking for some thoughtful analysis because things aren’t fitting together.  Obama had huge enthusiastic crowds.  Clinton’s crowds were okay according to those who were there.

Here’s Hillary Clinton’s victory speech.

By |2008-01-09T04:35:42-04:00January 9th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Clinton's victory speech

Clinton's advice to Bush

Olbermann poses a very unlikely question.  Suppose Bush called you for advice?  What would you tell him?  Fix the Israel-Palestine problem.  You should look like we (the US) prefer cooperation over unilateralism. 

That’s off the top of his head.  When was the last time that Bush say something that was half as thoughtful?

By |2006-09-23T19:09:21-04:00September 23rd, 2006|Domestic Issues, Israel, Party Politics|Comments Off on Clinton's advice to Bush
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