Kate Phillips May 8, 2008 10:08 am, New York Times
As if the divisions between race and gender in the Democratic Party hadn’t been
further exposed through Tuesday night’s exit polls — and by a very heated exchange
on CNN between Donna Brazile and Paul Begala — Senator Hillary Rodham
Clinton’s interview with USA Today on Wednesday is further mining those tense
“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said
in the interview, citing an article by The Associated Press.
It “found how Senator 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.”
“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.
While she said her remarks weren’t meant to be divisive, they’re already
whipping around the Internet. “These are the people you have to win if you’re a
Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election. Everybody knows that,”
she said in the interview. (Hint, hint, message to the superdelegates still
In Indiana alone, six in 10 white voters went for Mrs. Clinton, where she narrowly
won the primary.
Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, told the newspaper that Mr.
Obama had made inroads in Tuesday’s contests. And he added that her comments
“are not true and frankly disappointing.”
On Tuesday night, we mentioned the dust-up between two Democratic pundits,
Ms. Brazile and Mr. Begala, who engaged in a prime-time debate about the
coalitions being built by Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Begala, a Clinton
supporter, said the party could not win in November with just “eggheads and
African-Americans,” that the party could not ignore white middle-class voters. Ms.
Brazile, who said she was not “undecided but undeclared” when it came to her choice
for a candidate, shot back that Mr. Begala’s notions were dividing the party. (And
that she’d chugged down many a beer with Joe and Jane “six-pack” in an effort to
woo white voters.)
We’re revisiting their spirited exchange to demonstrate how divided party
loyalists are right now.
***[JB note -- The spouse of America's so-called first black president,
Bill Clinton, is now again playing the "white" racial card in an effort to secure her election as commander in chief.
Consider, to cite one example of Clinton depicting herself as the "white" candidate, her use of the first-person plural in her recent statement supposedly appealing for racial reconciliation: "In Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s 'The Lead,' (July 8 2016) presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, “I’m going to be talking to white people. I think we’re the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” and called for greater respect and protection for the police."]
Incidentally, the American Anthropological Society has called for ending the use of the term "race" by the Census as a way to categorize the American population:
The American Anthropological Association recommends the elimination of the term "race" from OMB Directive 15 during the planning for the 2010 Census. During the past 50 years, "race" has been scientifically proven to not be a real, natural phenomenon.