From Newsweek: Clinton has started mentioning race more frequently. In an article published yesterday in USA Today, Clinton said she would have a larger group of voters to draw a winning coalition from because “Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again.”Ã‚Â
The phrase “working, hard working Americans, white Americans” is old southern strategy code, introduced by Richard Nixon,Ã‚Â to appeal racist whites.Ã‚Â Has Clinton forgotten the she is running for the “Democratic” nominationÃ‚Â for President? It is deplorable that she would sayÃ‚Â toÃ‚Â West Virginia voters, and others, that aÃ‚Â her opponentÃ‚Â cannot win against McCain because he is black?
Disgusting Senator Clinton. Just disgusting!Ã‚Â As a white man who grew up in the south and western Pennsylvania, I remember the code that implied “black men” are lazy and don’t work hard like “white” folk. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.
No wonder she has such a lead in the West Virginia polls.
John Dickerson has a good article on the topic over at SLATE.
White Voter Trap
Why Clinton wasn’t intentionally playing the race card.
By John Dickerson
When Hillary Clinton told USA Today that she was winning the white vote, she opened herself up to the charge that this was the latest gambit in her attempt to use Barack Obama’s race to defeat him. It fit somewhere between Bob Johnson’s ham-fisted attempt to argue that Obama wasn’t black enough (while also bringing up his past drug use) and Bill Clinton’s reference to Jesse Jackson after Obama’s South Carolina primary win, which many saw as an attempt to dismiss Obama as a candidate with limited mass appeal.
I don’t interpret Clinton’s latest remarks that way. Instead, I see Sen. Clinton trapped in an unforgiving episode of Iron Chef. Time is almost up, and she’s got to make a meal out of the spare ingredients left. She’s in too much of a rush to check if those mushrooms are poisonous. She grabbed the AP story listing the demographic groups that she is winning and ran down the list just as pundits have been doing for months.Ã‚Â