Race Cards and Speech Codes
Posted on: 2008-05-13 17:12:57
by Patrick J. Buchanan
“Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
So said Bill Clinton in New Hampshire of Obama’s claim to have been a constant opponent of the war. Clinton cited Obama’s voting record, which was the same as Hillary’s in his early Senate years.
Yet, for this, the ex-president, designated by Toni Morrison as “our first black president,” was charged with playing the race card.
Clinton spent days explaining the “fairy tale” remark.
Came then the morning of the South Carolina primary, where Barack was rolling up a smashing victory. Bill volunteered: “Jesse Jackson won in South Carolina, twice, in ‘84 and ‘88. And he ran a good campaign, and Sen. Obama’s running a good campaign.”
That broke it. Bill Clinton was openly “playing the race card.”
Now, undoubtedly, Clinton was trying to belittle, to diminish the importance of the South Carolina vote for Obama. But why is it racist to say what Clinton was implying: That, in a Southern state where a huge share of the Democratic vote is African-American, a strong black presidential candidate can be expected to do well?
Political history proves this. What is racist about saying it?