Let me make it a bit more clear. There’s nothing wrong with
acknowledging the reality of race and politics, and there’s nothing
wrong with politicians targeting their campaigns and messaging towards
What the Clinton campaign is doing is saying
that Obama has electability problems, and using their support from
white voters as evidence of that.
Someone, someday, will have to explain this electability thing to me, specifically how come I’m not hearing much on electability in regard to Hillary. Because in my experience there is a problem there coming from the subgroup I’ll call the “I’ve-pretty-much-STFU-and-lost-interest-because-
I’ll-be-balls-to-the-wall-to-kick-that-b%&*h-in-her-nuts” subgroup. I didn’t have to go looking for them because they reared their ugly sleepy head in my own family (again) recently. Yeah the conservative Repub wing of the clan pretty much STFU around 2006 making holiday meals palatable. But last Christmas one word woke the sleeping giant…Hillary. And all sort of nonsense and vitriol came spewing forth. I’d almost forgotten what this conversation was like.
What was different I suppose was my reaction…keep in mind they
hope for “the reaction.” I listened to it all a bit bored and then found myself responding
matter of factly, with no emotion, “I’ll never understand why you guys
still get going on this. I don’t think she’ll be the nominee anyway.”
At that point the eye lids of the refreshed and animated giant grew
heavy, eyes glossed over and gazed forlornly into their Budweisers and
Old Fashioneds. It was over and the giant went back to its slumber…OK
well moved on to talk of the Packers.
There is a subgroup and I’d say a large subgroup that insanely hates
Hillary (evidence of such inA’s post below or just bring her name up
at the next family BBQ). Doesn’t that pose a significant electabilty
question? Placing that side by side to Obama’s race electabilty
question I honestly don’t know which is a greater issue. Maybe we’ll
find out that the soft underbelly of racist hate is greater but …and
just speaking from experience…I find it close to call.
Just saying if we’re going to get real politik and all…
(And just for the record–no subgroup’s hate should preclude the
nomination of a candidate. I’d gladly fight either hate– in other
words–I will support the Democratic nominee)