Loser Clinton celebrates her white support
Hillary’s double-digit loss in North Carolina and narrow win in Indiana had sent her campaign on the ropes. Her own superdelegates are squirming, she’s had to loan her campaign $6.4 million more in April, and most people are now assuming that the campaign has reached the point of planning its endgame scenario.
But a Clinton quote in an article in USA Today disturbed me:
Clinton rejected any idea that her emphasis on white voters could be interpreted as racially divisive. “These are the people you have to win if you’re a Democrat in sufficient numbers to actually win the election. Everybody knows that.”
Doesn’t she know that the Democrat nominee is going to win about as much of the white vote as Obama is getting? Doesn’t she know that her performance among black voters is far more problematic for the general election, under her own logic, than Obama’s performance among white voters?
Is she just spinning? Or does she actually believe winning the white vote means more than winning minorities? Does she take the black vote for granted?
Despite Obama’s problems with white voters, particularly white voters from Appalachia, he at least is making an effort to try to reach out beyond his base.
Amidst all her campaign bluster, spin, and rhetoric, we have not seen any meaningful effort to expand Clinton’s base. With her campaign all but broke, her superdelegates panicking, and few in the media giving her any chance at winning the nomination, her intent to stay in the race and continue winning the white vote (making it more difficult for Obama to take the time and energy to invest in appealing to that demographic) is pretty bizarre.
I hope she realizes that the legacy of her campaign will no longer be about the first significant effort to elect a women as President, but probably be as one of the last implicitly racist campaigns the Democratic Party will ever tolerate.