The drama in the Democratic party
within the Democratic party is much wider than I had realized, as I’ve learned from browsing the blogs at the Hillary Clinton campaign website late last night. Go the “Loons” entry
and scroll down to my comment which begins, “More on the racial divide in the Democratic party.” While I understand some of the Hillary camp’s anger, I still don’t understand their specific belief, voiced
also by Geraldine Ferraro, that Obama has been “playing the race card throughout the campaign.” Apart from his lying and despicable statements during the Jeremiah Wright matter, and a couple of retorts to the Clintons’ own racially tinged comments, I’m not aware that he has made racial arguments at all.
However, the specific reasons for the Hillary supporters’ anger is not the issue here. The remarkable thing is that this intense anger exists—against Obama, against the mainstream media (yes—Hillary Democrats are saying they’re fed up with the “MSM”!), and against the Democratic party.
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Ralph P. writes:
“While I understand some of the Hillary camp’s anger, I still don’t understand their specific belief, voiced also by Geraldine Ferraro, that Obama has been ‘playing the race card throughout the campaign.’”
I don’t get it either. You’re right, Obama has not as far as I know made any specific racial statements before the Wright affair that would qualify as race baiting.
However, Ferraro is a Dem insider and those of us on the outside don’t know how much in-party intimidation and manipulation BO’s campaign is responsible for. They may have been playing the race card at strategy planning meetings all along. Many people who’ve worked with blacks at some time, including myself, know that this is a common tactic for a lot of them when they want to get their way.
The irony for white Dems is that it is their party (and liberalism in general) that taught them how to play this game. Imagine the shock for some of those young (or not so young) earnests when, just at the moment they thought they had arrived at that shining moment of racial transcendence that they’d invested their whole emotional lives in, Michelle Obama or some other Angry Black Female barges in and declares: “This is the way it’s gonna be, white b****! You got a problem with that?” I would not rule out actual physical intimidation, especially at the lower volunteer levels. They are indeed fracturing.
But the Republicans are not too far behind. I don’t agree with you that a McCain presidency will result in a sort of resigned somnolence among the real conservatives.
There will probably be a honeymoon not otherwise afforded to Obama, but people are angry and they are not going to be put back in their box just because he’s GOP.
Assuming the republic survives, I see an extremely noisy four years ahead and both parties on their way out, sooner or later. One can dream…
“But the Republicans are not too far behind. I don’t agree with you that a McCain presidency will result in a sort of resigned somnolence among the real conservatives.”
That’s a hopeful statement that comes to our rescue. Since I’ve looked on a McCain presidency as bringing silence and death for conservatism, and since, in light of Obama’s problems, there is at least a 50 percent chance of McCain’s being elected, the idea that conservatives will resist a President McCain (and not just on immigration, which I would expect to happen in any case) is encouraging.
Ralph P. writes (June 1):
I’d like to amend a little what I wrote earlier about the GOP being next. Don’t get me wrong, I still think so, but after seeing the Harriet Christian video it seem that the fracture of the Democrats represents something so much bigger. It fits into the larger global pattern of people in white countries starting to wake up. Because the number one issue driving all of these changes for the last sixty years is in fact racial. It seems simplistic to say so, but how much tamer do you think these big gov’t/small gov’t, expansionist/isolationist, free trade/protectionist and other arguments would be if this county and others were still 80 to 90 percent or more white?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 31, 2008 04:00 PM | Send
I see it all over message boards, when I talk to friends and acquaintances, when I talk to my Italian relatives and so on. From this I gather that it will not stop at just the behavior of blacks. People might eventually stop just focusing on illegals and graduate to talking about any Third World colonization (a word I favor now over immigration. My tiny contribution to taking back the language). Rank-and-file liberals seem to finally be figuring this out, and they were the army of the unwitting that was supporting the multicult scam to begin with. Think, for example, of all those American IT people who lost jobs to India, or worse yet, Indian colonizers. I’m sure at least some of them are liberals. Now they have permission to speak, because Hillary went to China.
This is also why McCain is not going to get the pass I thought he was originally. What’s Limbaugh going to do, after all that scathing talk on McCain, be his water carrier after the election? He will lose credibility if he does.
The cat is out of the bag. I’m cautiously optimistic and besides, the Harriet Christian video was a hoot. I haven’t had a such a good laugh about politics for a long time.