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Monday, May 5, 2008

Hillary Can't Win In The Fall Because of "BlackLash" by Black Voters

Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.

That is not my words. That's the words of the NY Times. The NY Times endorsed Hillary Clinton.



Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.

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Hillary Clinton has questioned why he didn’t walk out on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.; why he “denounced” but didn’t “reject” Louis Farrakhan; and whether he is too chummy with the former radical Bill Ayers. She chastised his characterization of white working-class voters as being highfalutin and chided him for not agreeing to a street-fight-style debate.

Bill Clinton has called Obama’s stance on the war a fairy tale, dismissed an early primary win as mere Jesse Jackson redux and recently claimed that Obama was playing the race card against him. Some of this is valid, the result of Obama’s own missteps, but some of it is baffling.

The rhetoric appears to be trafficking in old fears and historic stereotypes. The unspoken (and confusing) characterization of Obama is that he’s militant yet cowardly; uppity yet too cool for school.

The question is this: Have white Democrats soured on Obama? Apparently not. Although his unfavorable rating from the group is up five percentage points since last summer in polls conducted by The New York Times and CBS News, his favorable rating is up just as much.

On the other hand, black Democrats’ opinion of Hillary Clinton has deteriorated substantially (her favorable rating among them is down 36 percentage points over the same period).

While a favorable opinion doesn’t necessarily translate into a vote, this should still give the Clintons (and the superdelegates) pause. Electability cuts both ways.

If Hillary Clinton should defy the odds (and the current math) and secure the nomination, she would be hard-pressed to defeat John McCain without the enthusiastic support of black voters, stalwarts of the Democratic base.

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AAPP: If Hillary got the nod from the Superdelegates and became the Democratic Nominee she would be hard pressed to get 80% of the Black Vote this fall. Many blacks will be pissed an register as Independents. Black voters will remember her comments about Martin Luther King versus LBJ. Black voters will remember that Since January, the Clintons have pummeled Barack Obama with racially tinged comments and questions about his character.


Many black voters may stay home if the Superdelegates steal the election from Obama. Black folks will remember the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "I'm are sick and tired o being sick and tired."

But I'm not the only one thinking Some blacks may stay home if Obama not on ballot. at Cox News Service noted Clinton may see black backlash if Obama loses.

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